Introduction: A key idea in today's lesson is that Jesus healed a Gentile woman, as an exception to His focus on the Jews. This discussion centers around how, “we will be challenged to work on our discipleship."
Read: Matthew 16:13-27
Summary Highlights: Jesus and his disciples were at Caesarea Philippi. There Jesus asked about what people were saying about His identity.
He also asked about what the disciples were saying. Jesus commends Peter's acknowledgment. He talks about the foundation and power of the Church. He tells His disciples to keep quiet about His being the Christ, as He sought to prepare them for what was going to happen.
Peter rebukes Jesus. Jesus refers to him as being influenced by Satan. Jesus goes on to talk about the requirements, necessities, and hope of discipleship.
1. Assessing and responding. Notice in vss. 13-16 that Jesus spent time assessing the level of understanding that people had. .....Let's work on assessing and responding appropriately to the understanding of Jesus.
2. Hearing and obeying God's word. Notice in vss. 18-19 that God revealed that upon the profession of Peter's faith, the powerful Church of Jesus Christ is built......Let's strive to hear and obey God's word, which should urge us to help people get saved and help them grow in the Lord.
3. Living by God's timetable. Notice in vss. 20-21 that God operates on a timetable, which includes preparing people for major events. .....Let's strive to live by God's timetable.
4. Obeying instead of being rebuked. Notice in vss. 22-23 that Peter was out of order in not only publically challenging but rebuking Jesus. .....Let's strive to do our part, in God's plan, instead of allowing the devil to get us out of order and the recipients of godly rebuke.
5. Discipleship. Notice in vss. 24-27 the requirements, necessity, and hope of discipleship......Let's work even harder on our discipleship.