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Beyond Sunday

Jesus Christ, His Only son, our lord                                                                    June 30, 2019

Recap

We believe in Jesus THE Christ. Christos is the Greek word for Messiah, meaning anointed one. In the OT, prophets, priests and kings were anointed. In the context of Matthew 16:13-16, Jesus is proclaimed as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Jesus is THE Son of God the Father. Thus, he has power and authority over everyone and everything. He can walk unharmed through unruly crowds, leave the learned tongue tied, silence and still storms, raise the dead. The whole universe obeys him.

Jesus is THE LORD, He is Yahweh, He is God. It is easier to accept Jesus as saviour (though if we’re honest, we do try to save ourselves). It is much harder to accept Jesus as Lord. The reality is that we are slaves: either slaves to Satan which is bondage to sin which results in death, or we are slaves to Christ which leads to true freedom and the fullest life ever. There’s no sitting on the fence, we must choose.

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Readings

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ. You are the Son of the living God.’”

Matthew 16:16 NIrV

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Nicene Creed

Belgic Confession Articles 18&19

Lord’s Day 12 (Q&A 31) 13 (Q&A 33&34)

Hebrews 1

John 1:1-3, 14 John 3:17

Col. 1:15-20

Luke 1:26-38

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Compare the Apostle’s Creed to the Nicene Creed. What is the same, what is different? Why is the Nicene Creed longer and more detailed, especially about Jesus? What controversies, or heresies were refuted by the words of this creed?
  2. The Belgic Confession teaches us why Jesus, the Only Son of God had to take on human flesh: in order to save lost human souls and bodies. Take time to study the teachings in these two articles. Think about the incredibleness of God taking on His Creation. How does this teaching give you assurance?
  3. Jesus is our King, God’s Son, Our Lord. What is one way you can demonstrate Jesus’ Lordship over your life?
  4. The first chapter of Hebrews describes Jesus’ kingship. With all the bad news reports, how should Jesus’ kingship over all the nations encourage you? Knowing that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, do you live in confidence in Him? If not, why not?
  5. John teaches us that Jesus is God, the eternal Son, who willingly came to seek and to save the lost. We live in a world that loves to condemn, whether through bullying, through peer pressure, advertising, social media, to name a few. How does the knowledge that Jesus came not to condemn, but to save, encourage you? What will Jesus second coming look like (Revelation 19:11-21). This knowledge ought to spur us on to share Jesus with everyone!
  6. Colossians 1:15-21 was likely an early hymn. How should the knowledge (understanding with the mind) and the believe (understanding with the heart) change us? How should this affect how we live as Christ’s subjects? How will this transform our community, inside and outside of the church? How will this knowledge govern our behaviours, actions, and thoughts?
  7. Is it Christmas in July? Next Sunday’s passage looks at the incarnation of Christ, but focusses on God’s ability to do the impossible. Prepare your heart and mind to hear and obey God’s Word.