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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:21-28

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 16:21-28.  Reread Matthew 16:13-28.  
  • After Peter's confession to build the church what is Jesus telling the disciples is to come? (v21)
  • Why would Peter "rebuke" the one he called the "Christ, the Son of the Living God?"
  • Is Jesus addressing Peter as Satan?
  • What does Jesus think it should look like to follow him?  Health and wealth, or something different?
  • What value does Jesus place on the soul?  What does Jesus compare the value of our souls to?  How does your heart respond?
  • What is Jesus describing in verse 27?  When will this occur?  
  • What does verse 28 tell us about timing?  Who is the Son of Man?  What does in mean "coming in his kingdom"?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • In what ways can we relate to Peter and his comments?  What should this drive us toward?  
  • What is the cost of a being a believer, how do you see that cost in your life?  
  • What should a church look like if this is the expectation Jesus set for his disciples?
  • What hope do we have in such a high cost of discipleship?  Is it enough to carry us through the most difficult trials and circumstances?

Intentionally Act

  • How can this passage help you during the weekend to prepare your heart for the Lord's day?
  • How would this passage assist you in praying specifically for our fellow church body?
  • Evaulate your life in light of Jesus' call to discipleship and pray for strength and courage to grow to this call.  What sacrifices need to be made?
  • How should you be encouraged or convicted personally about what this passage emphasizes?
  • Pray for non-Christians who will be present this Sunday to respond appropriately to God's word.
  • How should this text impact our congregation as a whole?
  • Pray that God will prepare our hearts for his work of grace this Sunday as we gather.
  • Pray for those who will be leading our gathering to edify the body well: Dawson Bryant, music; Adam Naler, Elders' Prayer and Scripture Reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
  • Listen to the songs we will be singing together and meditate on the message of each song. Prepare yourself to sing together with the church on the Lord's Day.

Songs for Sunday

Lyrics

Morning Gathering - November 2, 2014