Our belief of who Jesus is will effect how we respond to him.
This week at Imprint Church in Woodinville, we studied Jesus’ statement, “Who do people say that I am?” in Mark 8:27-38.
C.S. Lewis really summarized this concept well when he put for the challenge that a person needs to decide if Jesus is Lord, a liar, or a lunatic.
This sermon covers three keys to discipleship that Jesus for the people who choose to follow Him:
- Deny yourself
- Take up your cross
- Follow Me
- Talk about your favorite celebrities and/or bands you follow. Have you ever seen or met them in person? What was that like?
- Read Mark 8:27-38. Talk about your initial impressions of the interaction between Jesus and the disciples/crowds.
- What was the misunderstanding of the disciples in Mark 8 and how did Jesus clarify his mission to them? Why is this important?
- How would you define a person who is a disciple? What does discipleship look like to Jesus?
- How would you answer the question that Jesus asked Peter: “Who do you say that I am?”
- Talk about the path of discipleship that Jesus lays out in Mark 8:34-38. What does Jesus mean that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him?
- What are some ways we attempt to “gain the whole world” instead of walking the path that Jesus lays out for us as His disciples? How can you repent of this and follow Christ’s calling on your life? Talk about this quote from Bonhoeffer: “The cross is laid on every Christian…When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die.”