Sermon: September 5, 2021

Who God Is

Part 10:
“He Demands a Decision”

by Michael Lewis

September 5, 2021

Mark 8:27-29

“I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”  -Genesis 12:3

“Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.”  -Mark 8:30

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…’”  -Matthew 16:16-17

Mark 8:31-33

The Big Idea: You can be right about who Jesus is and still be wrong about what His suffering means for you.

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”  -Hebrews 5:8-9

The cross reminds us of our helpless against sin and that Jesus understands our difficulties more than we know.

Many of us need a greater sense of the cross because it is central to our message and our lives.

Mark 8:34-37

It’s not just knowing about the importance of the cross, but it is about living a “cross-formed” life.

The path of the cross is about choosing God’s concerns above human concerns…
The nature of God is decisive!

God wants us to keep coming back to the cross…We all need to be CROSS-TRAINED to stay centered as His disciples.

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