Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Confessing

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the second of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Confessing’ Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Luke 9:18-27

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BIBLE READING: Luke 9:18-27

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: Where has God sent you this week? What is one way that you can show or share the Good News on one of your frontlines this week?

WARM-UP Question

  1. When did you first really know Jesus (and not just know ‘about’ him)?

READ Luke 9:18-27

  1. Who was Jesus mistaken for? Why do you think there was so much confusion about who Jesus was?

  2. Why do you think Jesus was so interested not only in what the crowds thought about him, but particularly what the disciples thought about him? Do you think Jesus is interested in you answering that same question (“Who do you say that I am?”)?

  3. What was Peter’s answer? What does this actually mean? (Try to think about what it means as a title, along with what it means personally.)

  4. Do you think Jesus is God’s Messiah? Can you pinpoint the time at which you recognised this truth?

  5. How can we help people more clearly see who he claims to be, rather than who they simply think he is?

  6. After the declaration of Jesus’ Kingship (as God’s Messiah), do you think it would have shocked the disciples that he immediately starts speaking of his death? Why does the cross matter and why is it so integral - that he must suffer - to his mission as God’s King?

  7. As followers of Jesus, what does it mean to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Jesus? How is this different from the general way that people refer to having a ‘cross to bear’?

  8. Why is ‘disowning’ our lives not a negative thing? If this isn’t an occasional part of being a Christian, what do you think it looks like (practically) to increasingly yield to the authority of Jesus?

  9. Can you think of one particular area of your life in which you need to yield more to Jesus?

  10. What does Jesus mean by verses 24 and 25? How would you explain to someone unfamiliar with it?

  11. Do you think we’re ever at risk of being ashamed of Jesus? What did Jesus mean by this?

  12. Because of Jesus, what is the great promise that we can look forward to it?

  13. Think about the person who you are longing to become a follower of Jesus this year. Why is it so important for you that they put their trust in Jesus?

APPLY: What is one way this week that you can yield more to Jesus?

PRAYER

Gracious Father, thank you so much for Jesus! Thank you that he truly is the Messiah, that he went to the cross for us, and that we can have confidence of salvation by putting our trust in him. Please help us to yield more of our lives to you that many may come to put their trust in Jesus. Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN