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In 2007 the congregation read through "The Message" New Testament by Eugene Peterson. This lesson is taken from the assigned reading from Feb 4-10

In 2007 the congregation read through "The Message" New Testament by Eugene Peterson. This lesson is taken from the assigned reading from Feb 4-10

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Feb 4-10-07 Do We Need More Proof Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Do we need more proof?
    • “ You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
    • Matthew 16:13 MSG When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?"
  • 2. Do we need more proof?
    • 14 They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." 15 He pressed them, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?"
  • 3. Do we need more proof?
    • 16 Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.
  • 4. Do we need more proof?
    • Mark 8:27-29 "You are the Christ, the Messiah."
    • Luke 9:18-20 "The Messiah of God."
    • Matthew, Mark, and Luke are witnesses to Peter’s acknowledgement that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
  • 5. Do we need more proof?
    • "This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.“
    • Matthew 17:1-8 MSG Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain.
  • 6. Do we need more proof?
    • 2 His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. 3 Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him.
  • 7. Do we need more proof?
    • 4 Peter broke in, "Master, this is a great moment! What would you think if I built three memorials here on the mountain--one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?"
  • 8. Do we need more proof?
    • 5 While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: "This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him."
  • 9. Do we need more proof?
    • 6 When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death. 7 But Jesus came over and touched them. "Don't be afraid." 8 When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus.
  • 10. Do we need more proof?
    • Mark 9:2-8 "This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him."
    • Luke 9:28-36 "This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him."
    • 2 Peter 1:17-19 "This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight."
  • 11. Do we need more proof?
    • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Peter are witnesses to Peter, James and John’s experience on the mountain of Transfiguration. There they not only saw Jesus talking with two Old Testament heavy hitters, Elijah and Moses, but also heard God declare Jesus as His Son, and someone who better be paid attention to.
  • 12. Do we need more proof?
    • Let us go back, all the way to the Virgin Birth and find more witnesses.
    • "God is with us"
    • Matthew 1:18-23 Matthew records Joseph as a witness to God’s angel declaring the yet to be born of a virgin son as God’s Savior and in fact God with us.
  • 13. Do we need more proof?
    • Holy, Son of God
    • Luke 1:26-35
    • Luke records God’s angel Gabriel informing Mary, who had never known a man that she would be made pregnant by God’s Spirit and give birth to The Son of The Highest, The Holy Son of God.
  • 14. Do we need more proof?
    • my Lord visits me
    • Luke 1:41-43
    • Luke also records another witness, Mary’s relative Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, wonders how she could be so blessed to be visited by the mother of her Lord.
  • 15. Do we need more proof?
    • Savior who is Messiah and Master
    • Luke 2:6-11
    • Again Luke reveals God’s angel proclaiming to the shepherds a Savior who is Messiah and Master has been born.
  • 16. Do we need more proof?
    • Messiah of God
    • Luke 2:25-29
    • Simeon was promised by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Messiah of God before he died . When Jesus was brought into the Temple to fulfill the law of Moses Simeon knew that now he could be released to die because he had seen the Messiah of God.
  • 17. Do we need more proof?
    • "Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?"
    • Matthew 2:1-6
    • Matthew tells us of a reluctant witness, King Herod. When the Scholars from the East ask for directions to where they could find the newborn King of the Jews Herod knew they were in search of the Messiah.
  • 18. Do we need more proof?
    • We know this because he ask the high priest and religion scholars, "Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?" We know these scholars of the East did in fact become witnesses when the star they had been following came to rest over the place where Jesus was.
  • 19. Do we need more proof?
    • This is my Son
    • Matthew 3:17 MSG And along with the Spirit, a voice: "This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life."
    • Mark 1:10-11 "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life."
    • Luke 3:21-22 "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life."
  • 20. Do we need more proof?
    • Matthew, Mark, & Luke testify that John the Baptizer witnessed God the Father declaring Jesus as His son when He was baptized and God the Spirit came down on him in the form of a dove.
  • 21. Do we need more proof?
    • Why have I taken time to point out all these witnesses? God’s Law declares two or more witnesses are required to prove something true.
  • 22. Do we need more proof?
    • you can count on the testimony of two witnesses
    • John 8:17 MSG That fulfills the conditions set down in God's Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses.
    • Matthew 18:16 MSG If he won't listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again.
  • 23. Do we need more proof?
    • Let’s count the witnesses mentioned today; 1 Matthew, 2 Mark, 3 Luke, 4 Peter, 5 James, 6 John, 7 God the Father, 8 Joseph, 9 God’s angel, 10 Gabriel, 11 Mary, 12 God the Spirit, 13 Elizabeth, 14 God’s angel, 15+ shepherds, 16 Simeon, 17 King Herod, 18+ Scholars from the East, 19 John the Baptizer, 20 Father of mute son
  • 24. Do we need more proof?
    • Do we need more proof? Maybe some collaborating evidence? What will it take to persuade us?
    • Help me with my doubts!
  • 25. Do we need more proof?
    • Mark 9:15-24 MSG As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. They ran and greeted him. 16 He asked, "What's going on? What's all the commotion?"
  • 26. Do we need more proof?
    • 17 A man out of the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground.
  • 27. Do we need more proof?
    • He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn't." 19 Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here."
  • 28. Do we need more proof?
    • 20 They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth. 21 He asked the boy's father, "How long has this been going on?"
  • 29. Do we need more proof?
    • "Ever since he was a little boy. 22 Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!"
  • 30. Do we need more proof?
    • 23 Jesus said, "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen." 24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, "Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!" Do we need to pray for our doubts, our unbelief, pray for true conviction?
  • 31. Do we need more proof?
    • You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow
    • Luke 9:57-62 MSG On the road someone asked if he could go along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said. 58 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it?
  • 32. Do we need more proof?
    • We're not staying in the best inns, you know." 59 Jesus said to another, "Follow me." He said, "Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father's funeral."
  • 33. Do we need more proof?
    • 60 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God's kingdom!"
  • 34. Do we need more proof?
    • 61 Then another said, "I'm ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home." 62 Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day."