Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 5, 2016

Settling for Less?

The Christianity most people settle for is a comfortable little pocket God I can take with me and who is always there when I need him. But I’m not really mindful of him or take him too seriously in my day to day life.

Here’s an interesting passage:

From Nothing to Everything (Read: Matthew 16:13-19; 21-23; 24-27)

(Read: (Job 1:21)) We start Naked and we end Naked

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13* Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say* John the Baptist, others say* Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied,* “You are* the Christ,* the Son of* the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, * “Blessed are you,* Simon Bar-Jonah! For* flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,* but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you,* you are Peter, and* on this rock* I will build my church, and* the gates of*hell* shall not prevail against it.

(Read: 2 Chronicles 16:9a )

Who builds the Church?

How is the Church built?

19I will give you* the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and* whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed* in heaven.” 20* Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

What does it mean to bind and loosen?

Remembering a time of extreme thankfulness for knowing Christ

Confessing revealed sin and feeling God’s pleasure

Releasing held burdens and feeling God’s peace

Hearing encouraging words from your Maker


Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21* From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that* he must go to Jerusalem and* suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on* the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!* This shall never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, * “Get behind me, Satan! You are* a hindrance* to me. For you* are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Why does Jesus call Peter “Satan”?

(Read John 12:26)

(Read Why is setting our minds on the “things of man” so bad in the Lord’s eyes?)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him* deny himself and* take up his cross and follow me. 25For* whoever would save his life* will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For* what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or*what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27* For the Son of Man is going to come with* his angels in the glory of his Father, and* then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

How can we have the best, most glorious future?

(Read Jonah 4:11)

Each Member will recite:

“Should I not be concerned?”

It is better by far to depart and be with Christ. If this is true, why are we still here? What is the purpose?


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