What's In a Name?

I.                 Two Crucial Questions

A.               Who do people say the Son of Man is?

B.               Who do you say I am?

II.                Two Great Results

A.               The blessing

B.               The promise

III.              Two Important Actions

A.               How do we respond to Jesus’ question?

B.               How do we live in response to who Jesus says we are?



Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the significance of who the people said that Jesus was – John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, one of the prophets?
  2. Why do you suppose that all of the people gave responses from the prophet category?
  3. Who do the people say the Son of Man is today? List a few examples of people you know and their opinion(s) of Jesus.
  4. Why do you suppose people are so willing and able to give their opinions, even when they often have no idea about what the facts and truth are?
  5. Would people you know want to learn the real Truth if they knew their beliefs were wrong? Or, would they not care, desiring to stay in their wrong beliefs?
  6. In what ways does Matthew 16:13-20 refute the popular notion that Jesus was just a good teacher, prophet, or good example?
  7. How does the truth of Peter’s confession influence our carrying out of the Great Commission?
  8. How do Jesus’ comments about the church in 16:18 also influence our carrying out of the Great Commission?
  9. What do you make of verse 19? What does Jesus mean by:
    a) keys to the kingdom,
    b) binding on earth, and
    c) loosing on earth?
  10. Jesus often instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ (16:20). Why? What excuses do we use as to why we do not tell people that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God?


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