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Week of March 7, 2016
That You May Know… He is the Christ
Luke 9:20   He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Monday (Luke 9:18-27)

Adult Connect

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with Him… (Luke 9:18) Notice Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him. Peter’s confession follows a moment of closeness with the Lord. Intimacy with the Lord in private always precedes our confessions in public. What a wonderful day that was for Peter. He was near the Lord, hearing Him pray, and his personal confession overflowed from his heart. Jesus opens His arms to us and welcomes us. Do you feel close to the Savior today? Have you spent time with the Savior in private today? Prayer is a powerful tool that changes our heart and lets us find the will of God in our lives.

 

Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.(John Bunyan)

Youth Connect

Students are pulled in so many directions: school, family, sports, clubs and many other activities tugging at schedules. The more we are tugged, the more we have to work to guard the time we give to personal study of our Bibles and prayer time. Prayer and devotion is the foundation of our Christian faith and its benefit increases as we grow in our understanding of the scriptures and begin to apply truth to our lives.

“It is well said that neglected prayer is the birth-place of all evil” - Spurgeon

Is there evidence you have spent time privately with the Lord?

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

It is never too early to start emphasizing the importance of prayer in the lives of your children. How are you cultivating a discipline of prayer? Before meals? In the morning or before bedtime? Establishing a routine of reading the Bible and praying with your kids helps encourage them to take even the little things to the Lord and rely on Him to provide comfort. When your children see the importance of prayer, you may even find them reminding you to pray more often!

Barnyard (Preschool)

It is never too early to start emphasizing the importance of prayer in the lives of your children. How are you cultivating a discipline of prayer? Before meals? In the morning or before bedtime? Establishing a routine of reading the Bible and praying with your kids helps encourage them to take even the little things to the Lord and rely on Him to provide comfort. When your children see the importance of prayer, you may even find them reminding you to pray more often!

Prayer Connect

Spend time asking the Lord to quiet your soul. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)



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Tuesday (Luke 9:18)

Adult Connect

Who do the crowds say I am (9:18)? Look around at your world, culture, and community. What does our culture say about Jesus Christ? What about biblical truth? The wellspring of our faith and all of our theological foundations are set upon God’s Word not our culture. You must ground your life upon the rock of Jesus because the world can not and will not tell you the truth about the Savior. Who do the crowds say I am? Who does Christ say He is? Remember to follow Christ not the crowds today.

 

Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. – Samuel Rutherford

Youth Connect

We all know about our favorite sports player or celebrity. We follow them on social media and know all about there sports stats and personal lives. It’s possible to treat Jesus the same way as a celebrity, we know about Jesus, but don’t have a personal relationship with Him. Knowing about Jesus is not the same as knowing Him as Lord. Do you know Him?

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” – Psalm 119:18

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

We all know about our favorite sports player or celebrity. We follow them on social media and know all about there sports stats and personal lives. It’s possible to treat Jesus the same way as a celebrity, we know about Jesus, but don’t have a personal relationship with Him. Knowing about Jesus is not the same as knowing Him as Lord. Do you know Him?

 

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” – Psalm 119:18

Barnyard (Preschool)

We all know about our favorite sports player or celebrity. We follow them on social media and know all about there sports stats and personal lives. It’s possible to treat Jesus the same way as a celebrity, we know about Jesus, but don’t have a personal relationship with Him. Knowing about Jesus is not the same as knowing Him as Lord. Do you know Him?

 

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” – Psalm 119:18

Prayer Connect

Ask the Lord to help you not follow the crowd this week. May we live subversive lives against the crowd for the sake of our Savior.   



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Wednesday (Luke 9:20)

Adult Connect

But what about you (9:20)? Who do you say Jesus is? Have you made a profession of faith? If so, think back to the time you confessed Christ is Lord. Thank God for His grace and mercy upon you today. We have power in Christ in our confessions. 1John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God.

This is the testimony and confession of an early Christian martyr.

 

"When this James was brought to the tribunal seat, he that brought him and was the cause of his trouble, seeing him to be condemned and that he should suffer death, was in such sort moved within heart and conscience that as he went to the execution he confessed himself also, of his own accord, to be a Christian. And so they were led forth together, where in the way he desired of James to forgive him what he had done. After James had a little paused with himself upon the matter, turning to him he said, 'Peace be to thee, brother,' and kissed him. And both were beheaded together, A.D. 36." --Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Youth Connect

Who do you say Jesus is? Knowing and trusting are two different things. When did you confess Christ? Have you proclaimed that Christ is Lord? Jesus wanted his disciples to process what the world thought about Him and we need to reflect and process what the world thinks about him today and inform others what the scriptures actually say. Have you been influenced by what the world thinks of Jesus?

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”

"My trust is in God Himself-not in my explanation of who God is." AW Tozer

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Who do you say Jesus is? Knowing and trusting are two different things. When did you confess Christ? Have you proclaimed that Christ is Lord? Jesus wanted his disciples to process what the world thought about Him and we need to reflect and process what the world thinks about him today and inform others what the scriptures actually say. Have you been influenced by what the world thinks of Jesus?  Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”

"My trust is in God Himself-not in my explanation of who God is." AW Tozer

Barnyard (Preschool)

Who do you say Jesus is? Knowing and trusting are two different things. When did you confess Christ? Have you proclaimed that Christ is Lord? Jesus wanted his disciples to process what the world thought about Him and we need to reflect and process what the world thinks about him today and inform others what the scriptures actually say. Have you been influenced by what the world thinks of Jesus?  Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”

"My trust is in God Himself-not in my explanation of who God is." AW Tozer

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray over Romans 10:9;  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Thank God for your salvation and pray those those who have yet to confess Him as Lord.



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Thursday (Luke 9:23-27)

Adult Connect

What are you willing to leave behind in order to follow the Savior? Jesus commands us to deny ourselves. Repentance is a denial of our broken lives and a recognition that Jesus Christ is the answer for our salvation and depraved condition (9:23). May you take up your cross today. May we never be people of “cheap grace.”

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession...Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Youth Connect

Are you willing to truly follow Christ? That may mean leaving behind popularity, relationships, habits, hang ups, hurts, to pursue righteousness. In todays culture, it’s not popular to truly follow Christ. We may say we are Christians but are so conformed to the world there is very little evidence. A true disciple is someone who is in pursuit of righteousness daily. They are not perfect and they make mistakes

 

Is there daily evidence that you follow Jesus?

 

“And what if Christ’s call in our lives is not to comfort in our culture? What if Christ in us actually compels us to counter our culture?” – David Platt

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Can you guess what this sign means? It’s a sign that lets drivers know that U-turns (a complete reverse change in direction) are allowed. When it comes to understanding repentance, we can think about the U-turn sign. When we repent, we completely change the sinful way we have been living to turn and follow Jesus. 

Barnyard (Preschool)

Can you guess what this sign means? It’s a sign that lets drivers know that U-turns (a complete reverse change in direction) are allowed. When it comes to understanding repentance, we can think about the U-turn sign. When we repent, we completely change the sinful way we have been living to turn and follow Jesus. 

Prayer Connect

Father, help me to take up my cross and follow you today.



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Friday (Luke 9:26-27)

Adult Connect

Are you ashamed (9:26)? Jesus reminds us with very stark language that our Lord “will not accept any who have asked him not to be part of their life” (NIV). The word, “to be ashamed,” is another way of saying “to disown.” Being ashamed of Christ is the opposite of acknowledging Him. Do you often acknowledge God before men? Are you actively and purposely sharing your faith? May the cry of our hearts be: Psa. 34:1    I will praise the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.

Youth Connect

We will talk about our faith around others that share our same beliefs but what about sharing with people that don’t believe? Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you should have said something to them about your faith but you were afraid of what they would say?  You must realize that you may be the only exposure to the Gospel that the people around you may ever have! God placed you in their lives. God places people in your life so that you can share the Gospel with them.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16  

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Where are we finding happiness? Sports, vacations, friends, education, awards? It’s not wrong to enjoy these things, but is our happiness only found in these things? Are we following the things of the world more than we are following Christ? To chase after worldly happiness is to disown Jesus. Kids take a lot of their cues from their parents. Your priorities become theirs; make sure you are setting a good example!

Barnyard (Preschool)

Where are we finding happiness? Sports, vacations, friends, education, awards? It’s not wrong to enjoy these things, but is our happiness only found in these things? Are we following the things of the world more than we are following Christ? To chase after worldly happiness is to disown Jesus. Kids take a lot of their cues from their parents. Your priorities become theirs; make sure you are setting a good example!

Prayer Connect

Pray that the Lord will open doors for you to share your faith. Also, take time to pray for people in your circle of influence who do know the Lord.



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