Who Do You Say I Am?
Questions for Study 14
Memory Verse: 29
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I. You Are The Christ (27-30)
1. Where were Jesus and his disciples going? What question did he ask them as they walked along together, and what was their answer?
2. What did people mean when they compared Jesus to Elijah? To John the Baptist? When they said he was a prophet? What would the people of our day say about Jesus?
3. What was the second question he asked them? Why should the disciples have a view of Jesus that is different from that of others? In what respect is this question harder to answer than the first question?
4. How did Peter answer? What is the most important difference in Peter's answer and the opinions of other people? What does "Christ" mean? (Isa. 9:6=7, 11:10; Mt. 1:21) How do you answer Jesus' question, "What about you? Who do you say I am?"
II. The Son of Man Must Suffer (31-33)
5. After hearing Peter's confession of faith, what did Jesus begin to teach his disciples about how he would become the Messiah? (31) What would be his main work as the Messiah? (Isa. 53:4,5; Acts 2:24)
6. How did Peter respond to this teaching? Why? How did Jesus rebuke him? Why do you think he used such strong language? What should we learn here?
III. Basic Principles for the Christian Life (34-38)
7. Why did Jesus include the crowd as well as his disciples in these teachings? What must one who follows Jesus do? What does it mean to deny oneself? To take up one's cross? (34)
8. What happens to one who tries to save his life? How do people try to save their lives? How can one really be sure to save his life? What does "for me and for the gospel" mean?
9. What are the answers to the questions in verses 36 and 37? In the light of this, how should we live?
10. What does Jesus say about his times? How can we live so that Jesus will not be ashamed of us when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels?