The Church of Jesus –

ICE-BREAKER OPTIONS:

Nickname game:

Write down a nickname (1 or more) you received at school/varsity and place it in a hat.  Then let people draw 1 piece of paper from the hat and try and guess whose nickname they have drawn.

 

NB: Please remember that this ice-breaker won’t work in every group and that if someone does not want to participate they should not be forced.

 

BREAK-DOWN FROM SUNDAY’S MESSAGE

Read Matt 16 vs 13 – 18

A)     Christ asks His disciples 2 Questions:

 

1.         Who do people say I am?

 

  • People thought Jesus was Elijah, Jeremiah or John the Baptizer.
  • We learn from this that the world has many views of who Jesus is.

 

2.         Who do you say I am?

  • This questioned, aimed at Peter, is evidently more important to Christ than the previous question.
  • Peter’s answer: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (vs 16 NIV) was a revelation from God that Peter received.
  • We learn from this that Jesus is interested in the personal revelation we have of Him.

 

B)     Christ’s Response to Peter’s revelation (vs 18):

 

1.         “On this rock…”

  • The “rock” being the revelation Peter had of who Jesus is.

 

2.         “I will build my church…”

  • Jesus is the primary builder, not us.

 

3.         “And the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

  • The overall story is that Christ is the Victor!

 

 

 

GOOD QUESTIONS TO GET THE DISCUSSION GOING THIS WEEK ARE:

  1. Who is Jesus to you? (This could open the door for people to share their testimonies)
  2. What is a revelation, like what Peter had received?
  3. How do we get to know Christ more personally?