09/09/12 Who do you say that I am?

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Under: Sermon
Text: Matthew 16:13-20 (NKJV)

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." 20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:1-5 (NKJV)

Intro: This is the Church! (1 Peter 2:1-5)

So let’s take this text right from the beginning, Jesus is in the region of Caesarea Philippi, He is near the end of His ministry, He reveals His coming death and resurrection. The Apostle Peter enters the picture and once again God uses’ Peter for a Divine purpose. In my on-line classes from Liberty University at the beginning of every coarse the Professor sends out a syllabus stating the responsibility of the student. In this syllabus there is a breakdown of how many points you receive for finishing the reading assignment or taking a quiz or exam. Some of this stuff is worth a lot more points than others. Peter was about to take the biggest exam of his life and the answer he would give to Jesus weighed eternity on the balance. "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God?"

Application: The believer is the Church.

1. Who Is Building the Church?

The discussion that Jesus is having with Peter is the conversation I believe He has with everyone who answers the question: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Two thousand years after Christ had ordained Peter to build the church He is still asking His disciples today will you build a church. Christ is building a church are you helping? Are you playing church or are you building a church and changing lives for the kingdom! At Ocean View Baptist Church we tell everyone our mission is” “We are on mission by the sea sharing Christ Love”

Christ came into this world for the soul purpose and I do mean SOUL, to build the church, on the day of Pentecost Christ gave His followers the power of God, that power is there for the Christian to build a church! Jesus Christ calls His church.

Peter was called the rock (stone) but Christ is the corner stone the foundation for which the church is to be built. A lot can be said about Peter and many have based their religion built around the label or name Christ gave Peter, however make no mistake! The church is built upon Christ. “For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” Psalm 18:31

The Lord is the Rock of all Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Thank the Lord we have a rich history of those who started a good work in the Church of Christ, Jesus Christ: Ephesians 2:19-22 “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

The church is on a solid foundation and we who are here today must decide will we be a part of building the Church? Who is building the church? I hope we are!

2. What Is the Church?

- The church is made up of all the saved.
- The church is the body of Christ.
- The church is to bring glory to Christ - Ephesians 3:21 “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
- The church is the bride of Christ.
- The church is built out of living stones - 1 Peter 2:5 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Peter was a stone: Christ the Rock, Stones speaks of the individuality of believers. No two stones are exactly alike, Each believer is unique, we are all a part of the one body: 1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” I asked a minute ago who is building the church and I said I hope we are, but now I ask what the church is. And if you know you’re a part or member of that body then the church is you and I hope your building it up!

3. How Secure Is the Church?

“On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

The gates of hell shall not prevail against it! What is meant by the gates of hell? Is it a familiar figure of speech? The elders of the city sat at the gates, Armies were sent to battle from the gates. The gates of hell symbolize sending the forces of evil - these evil forces were sent against the church: Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

You don’t think the devil wants to liberalize the church, encourage the church to be more tolerant and worldly? Jesus foresaw the attacks of the enemy upon the church; Steven was stoned because of his faithfulness to the building of the church. Throughout the historicity of the bible, persecution was at the forefront. But the church will stand until Jesus comes. Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ!

Not the gates of hell, Not the angry mob who wants to stone you, Not the boss or co-worker that mocks you. Not the world who call you weird! “On this solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand…”

Conclusion

- Are You a Part of the Church?
     Have you received Christ as your Savior?
     Are you building your life on Him?
- Are You Doing Your Part in the Church?
     Do you stand against the forces of evil?
     Do you live for the glory of God?

1 Peter 2:1-5 (NKJV)

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