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June 28, 2022 6:00 am
There are three life-changing questions Jesus asked all of us how we answer them will determine our future. Now and forever. You don't want to miss today.
Welcome to this additional Living on the Edge with your finger. The mission of these daily programs is to intentionally disabled Christians, the Bible teaching of thanks for joining us as we continue our series. Real discipleship chose to change the world to the teaching shall be back to fear some really thought-provoking questions for us to consider to be sure to stick around a quick listener note before we begin to talk to Siri several years ago, so this program is going to sound a little different. If you have a Bible open it to Mark chapter 8 let's join Chip for his message. Three questions with almost answer like you to think back of the last time I have been a couple days ago couple months ago of a major major decision. You had to make me beg what I call a loaded question you think the last time someone ask you a loaded question in the loaded. For this reason, how you answer it will significantly determine the entire outcome of your life. All of this answer very, very big questions in life and how we answer it will determine where there are life goes this way or that way. Sometimes we look back we made some great decisions and boy I know. I love to have a few decisions back when you let me just give a couple questions that you been asked most of you are some of you and like you to think about is not so much whether the your answer was right or wrong but think of the impact it's had on your life. For some of you someone ask you where you marry me.
We take this job. When you relocate should we have a baby or should we have another baby, I think.
Think of how you answered that in the implications long-term. For some there was a question many years ago or last week were someone said, would you go to bed with me. I really love you or you want to move in together. We would love each other and cheaper or would you just look the other way. I'm not asking achieve alignment things are complex don't understand.
Just look the other way on this deal. Okay or you get high with us. He just wants me to write this once how you answered those questions profound implications I had someone ask me a question when I was fairly young in my Christian life that I need shook me I was really starting to grow in beginning to help lead a campus ministry that was growing rapidly just a state school and he came to me at the little past the beginning of my junior year, third-year school and he said that he was a leader. The campus ministries. The bricklayer I talked about a lot, Chip. I've really been praying about this. Things are growing like crazy. They don't need me around here and there's a campus I've targeted, it's about two hours away. I'm going to move there with my wife, my four kids change my business go there and start another work.
I really believe God wants you to come with me. I like you to pray about leaving school and transferring there's another State College there and starting with now I don't know if some of you remember what it's like to be 19 and at first I thought, are you on drugs because I came to school. These are my friends at the time I had a girlfriend. I really thought we would get married. I was on a basketball scholarship. This guys asking me to leave my girlfriend, my friends, my scholarship and maybe not have all my units even transfer, and then he said real, like you want to think about the next six or eight months will talk about it in the urine. Thanks. Watch me put this monkey on my back for the rest of the year but let me tell you what happened you happen. I was forced into a situation that I've never been in and that was here's the real issue ship is this relationship with God. You have a passing youthful, idealistic fantasy where when it's convenient and nice and fun and encouraging that you want to really walk with God and allow Jesus to be Lord or is this a life commitment that you're doing for good benefits for good, then, is God more important basketball is God more important which school you graduate from is God more important and all of a sudden what I realize the real issue going on here wasn't where I lived, but was the willingness of my heart to say God you call the shots and all share some time over a couple coffee decision I made for those leave them hanging right but today, as we walk through this passage of Scripture in Mark chapter 8 the Lord is going to ask you and I three big questions and how you answer them, or how you have answered them, will determine significantly the entire outcome of your life turned to Mark chapter 8 you be looking at verse 22 to the end of the chapter and as you turn there. Let me remind you the context. This section is the apex of the climax of this book. The first eight chapters have led up to this this mountain peak in the disciples and the crowds are to be called to move from spiritual what I call courtship you know they been with Christ they seen the miracles they printing teach leasing walk on the water spiritual courtship which is involvement in learning to spiritual commitment which is a time of commitment absolute loyalty to not only the person but the purposes of Christ as King of their life and so the three questions he's going to ask you first is who you say that I am and this is not an intellectual question from your heart in your life from your value system.
You really say that I am second he's been asked the question, do you know where I'm going to be really were ongoing and the third question, which is I think the most penetrating paragraph and all of the New Testament, he will say with no holes barred.
Are you willing to follow me where I'm going. This is a picture of God taking all the information that you know all the resources and taking all the chips of life and pushing into the middle of the table and asking you to take all your chips all your relationships all your dreams all your future and taking all the chips and you pushing into the middle of the table and him say okay I deal you're ready. This is for good. This is big. Are you in or are you out and that's the picture of this passage. Let's look first at the first question who do you think I am the author starts with a point of transition in his innocent show is a miracle.
That's a no other gospel begin at verse 22. They came to Beth Sabia and some people brought a blind man. The big Jesus to touch it took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village and when he spit on his eyes and put his hands on him. Jesus asked do you see anything and he looked up he said I see people they look like trees walking around to get partial vision. You know, I can see that going see something but it's not very clear once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes and his eyes were open to sight was restored and he saw everything clearly. And then in like fashion because his popularity Jesus and home saying don't go into the village historical event. The only time of all the miracles where it's done in a process. I'm not sure why, but the observation I like to make that.
I think the author is going to begin to help you and I deal with is that the man first of all, was totally blind. Then he was partially blind and that he could completely see now the last time we saw the disciples in the boat. The disciples were spiritually blind still workday in a Jesus essay. Beware of these computers is that you got a red red red God saying oh my gosh these guys are not on first base. So there's there's spiritually blind. Still, now this little paragraph the author gives us of this miracle and his dinner show us physically. The process of coming to see and now in the next little paragraph is can show us how spiritually we see picked up with me. Verse 27.
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi on the way he asked them walking down the road. People say that I they seen the miracles that for the teaching they been enough bed. 4000 of that 5000 now the disciples replied, some say John the Baptist obviously raised from the dead others. Elijah and still others one of the prophets today were spiritually blind.
Now they partially see well the people understand your special your from God.
I mean you done miracles. Your great teacher. They don't have the real clear yet, but they really have an idea of who you are there move in the right direction. They see you but is foggy and then he asked the penetrating question who do you say that I not just anything you say that I see what we speak is what we have deep-seated convictions about and we know the answer. Peter steps up and probably for the group. You are the Christ, Chris Doss.
It's a Greek translation of the Old Testament word Messiah you're the king over one all those hundreds of years and Old Testament patches in dreams and hopes of all Israel year ships come in here are the Redeemer. All this word in other words, Peter is confessing with his mouth hear what everyone is always waited for in the other Gospels.
We learn that Jesus turns Peter says you know you didn't get that on your own Peter flesh and blood father has revealed to see the first step. The disciples were spiritually blind than the begin to see the process and now they're answering the question. You are God you are Messiah Christ first question. When asking for removal. If Jesus somehow would manifest himself in a physical form and he looked right knee. I reached out his hand shook it and said you say that I who do you say that I the marketplace on your family, your lifestyle would you say that I am good you looking in the eye and say you're the Christ the son of the living God. You're my Savior. That's the first step in how you answer that question will determine the great outcome of the rest your life doesn't end there. This whole book is the leading right it's been leading to who is he who is he who is he and how many times has he done a healing and then suggest don't tell anybody tell anybody, will now the book is shifting and now the author is going to let us know.
Hey, he's going to talk plainly. No more parables with the disciples is in a shoot straight. Verse 31 the second question will be, then, do you know where will you grasp who I really am. But do you understand the game plan is what is really saying. He then began a tense of the verb that means he began an Teaching over the Several Weeks and Months until His Death, He Began to Teach Them That the Son Of Man Is Another Word for Messiah the Drew a Little Phrase Out Of Daniel Chapter 713, 14, and It's Interesting He Willfully Chose This Phrase Son Of Man, Because See They Have a Real Strong Political Notion of Messiah. They Wanted to Come and Crush the Romans Would Be the King and Put down Their Enemies and Make Them Healthy, Wealthy and Wise All the Rest, and Instead, Jesus Takes His Title Son Of Man Out Of Daniel Were Talked about He Will Have All Dominion and All Rulership Doesn't Have the Political Overtones Because Jesus Knows the Real Messiah Will Not Only Be a Ruling Messiah but Also Be the Suffering Servant Have To Die on the Cross and Be Raised from the Dead First and so He Tells Them Here's Three Things That Must Very Interesting Word Means a Divine Necessity.
It Has To Happen Is the Will of God Begins to Teach and Notice the First Three Things That Are Negative, You Want to Know Where I'm Going.
The Son Of Man Must Suffer. That's the First Thing Many Things. Second, Be Rejected by the Elders, the Chief Priests and the Teachers the Law, and Third He Must Be Killed.
So Far the Story Is Not Real Good. I'm I Find All Your the Christ Is Working on One to Suffer and Be Rejected and Don't Forget the Last Part and after Three Days. The Text Says Rise Again. Jesus Is Saying I'm Calling You If You Want to Follow Me to a Hard but Glorious Road Exam That Come Back When I Come Back the Same Power That Raised Me from the Dead Dwell in You Will Wonder What the Response Is Going to Be to Where He's Going.
Let's Find out.
Peter Us Think Speaks for A Lot Of Us. He Spoke Plainly like to Say No More Parables about This and Peter Took Him Aside and Began to Rebuke Him at the Strong Were in the Same Jesus Uses This Word in the Book of Mark When He Silences Demons. This Is Not Peter Rubbing up against Practicing, Excuse Me, Jesus, You Really Don't Want to Say That Stuff about the Suffering Rejection to Get This Is Peter Saying Jesus at the Dumbest Thing Ever Talk like That You Dying and Suffering Rejecting You Dying to Know Why They Are Crushed Alone. Ellis Find out How Jesus Responds to Being Rebuked Repeaters Major-League Outline He's Been Getting Major-League Rebuked.
But When Jesus Turned It's Almost like His Teaching Is on His Back Tomb and Peter Utilizes the Following Notice He Turns and He Doesn't Just Look at Peter As I Think the Other Disciples Were Thinking the Same Thing We Finally Found out Who You Are near the Real McCoy and You're Saying Instead of the Party Suffering, Rejection, and They Didn't Hear Much about the Rise Again. I Can Understand Apparently and He Looked at the Disciples, and He Rebuked Peter Same Word Just As Strong and and What to Say Out Of My Sight, Satan or This Would Be a Strong Rebuke but Notice the Reason You Do Not Have in Mind the Things of God but the Things of Men. See, Here's the Temptation.
Peter Was Being Used by Satan to Tempt Christ to Tempt Jesus to Come up with a Plan That Would Eliminate the Cross. When's the Last Time That Anyone Offered Jesus the Kingdom and Followership Minus the Crossmember. What Happened Satan Did Memory Said They Look at All These Kingdoms I What Was Forget God's Plan. You Know You Dying That's Not Really Good Deal. Tell You What, I'll Have More Worship You If You Only Do What Jesus Said No Way I Don't Cut Deals See You Really Want to Get down to How This Affects Us See What Peter Really Wanted Peter Had a True Salvation Knowledge of Christ.
He Knew Who He Was and You Know What He Wanted.
He Wanted Jesus to Now As His New Savior Come in and Fulfill Peter's Agenda and That Really What Is Asking What He Wants Is I Want Jesus without the Cross. And Trust Me It Sells. See, I Want You to Make Me a Head Honcho over the Romans. I Want You to Make My Marriage Work out. I Want You to Straighten out My Struggling Children.
I Want You to Help Me through These Difficult Issues. I Want You to Get My Finances Back in Order to Make Me Happy and Fulfilled in Jesus Is Hell. I've Been God of the Universe for Some Time Now and See the Way This Works. Peter Is I Say What Happens and I Tell You Where I'm Going and You Get the Choice Whether Following Me Not and Where I'm Going. There's a Cross There's Also Crowns.
But I'm Not to Lie to You to Get to the Crown to Get to Go through the Process.
Always Go Together and What Peter Basically Was Saying Was, I Want You Jesus. But I Don't Want the Road That Has Crosses and Suffering, Rejection, and Possibly Death. I Want That Part of Christianity and Jesus Reducing the Hardest Rebuke in the New Testament Says There Is No Other Christianity Is New on the Road Anyplace That Has To Do with the Real Jesus Christ and We Would Be Good to Hear That Just a Minute As Application Listening to the First Part of His Message. The Questions We Almost Answered from a Series Real Discipleship.
You May Be Asking Yourself What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple Is Trip Walks through Mark Chapter 6 through 10 Impacts. This Complex Idea of Discipleship by Using the Simple Lessons Jesus Taught His Followers Stay with Us As We Learn How Commitment to Evangelism, Humility and Trust Paint an Accurate Picture of What a Genuine Disciple of Jesus.
Looks like to Learn More about the Six Part Series Real Discipleship or to Catch up on past Programs Resist LivingontheEdge.org Which It Destroyed Me in Studio and Chip before We Hear Your Final Thoughts on This Program. Would You Talk to a Specific Group of People. Right Now They Were Really Motivated by This Message to Take the Relationship with God to the Next Level, but Are Struggling to Get into the Bible Every Day. What Would You Say to Him What I Would Say Is You're Not Alone, of All the Things in My Early Christian Life. I so Struggled to Be Able to Meet with God Daily. I Intended to. I Wanted to Set My Alarm Back and Then I Would Go Back to Bed. But Here's What I Can Tell You Were in a Very Busy Busy World. With the Go-Go Mentality and Invisible Pressure That I Think We Put on Ourselves and What I Learned Is If You Can Literally Start the Habit of Meeting with God First and Do It on a Daily Basis.
Yes It Begins with Duty but Please Hear Me, It Will End in the Light Would Help Me the Most Was Someone Doing It with Me Having That Accountability and the He Didn't Say This Is What It Says.
He Showed Me How to Read the Bible How to Study the Bible How to Hear God's Voice and That's What I Want to Do for You.
In Fact, One of the Greatest Things That Came Out Of the Pandemic. Was This Idea of Daily Discipleship of Literally Meeting with People One on One Is Called Daily Discipleship with Chip and All I Can Tell You, the Response Has Been beyond Anything I Ever Imagined. It's Not People Telling Me Oh Chip Your Good Teacher, or Now I Just Understand the Passage I'm Hearing People Say I Know How to Study the Bible I'm Hearing God's Voice God's Changing My Life. So Let Me Tell You How This Works for Each Series, I Begin with a Short Teaching Video No Longer Than 10 Minutes and Then There's a Little Assignment That I Can Ask You to Take 10 Minutes on Your Own and Do Some Study and Here's What I Know People That Have Done This with Me Who Make It a Habit Just to Spend 20 Minutes with Me Day after Day for Somewhere between 10 Days to a Couple Weeks They Learn to Hear God's Voice, They Learn to Discern the Spirit, God Begins to Change Them from the inside out.
This Is a Habit That You Cannot Afford Not to Develop Forex Trip Will If You're Looking for a Practical Way to Deepen Your Faith. Let Me Encourage You to Sign up for Daily Discipleship with Chip This Free Video Resource Will Really Help You Learn More about God and His Word to Sign up for Any of Our Daily Discipleship Sessions. Just Go to LivingontheEdge.org App List or Step Discipleship over Triplets Because of That Application. We Promised As We Closed Today's Program. I Would like to Go Back to Those Two Questions That Jesus Ask Those Disciples and That Is Asking You and Me As Well. Question Number One Is Who Do You Say That I Am, I Mean Really, Not Just Intellectually or What You've Heard or What You've Agreed Intellectually about, but Who Do You Believe Jesus to Be Is He the Savior of the World. Is He Your Savior See the Creator, the Sustainer. The All-Powerful One. The Good One.
Is He the Messiah, the Hope Can You Trust Him with All Your Heart and the Second Question Is Do You Know Where I'm Going.
And of Course They Didn't. They Thought They Were Going to Go to Sit on a Bunch of Drones in Overrun Roman Jesus Taught Them As He Is Teaching Us That Know I'm Going to Go to the Cross That the Pathway to the Crown the Pathway to Reward Involve Suffering and Rejection and Challenges in a Kingdom It's Not of This World and so I Just Want to Ask You and Me to Really Ponder If You Are Honest in This Moment Whose Agenda Are You Following Is the Comfort, No Suffering God, Make My Life Work out or Is It the Jesus Agenda. If I Need to Sacrifice Myself, Experience Rejection, Whatever It Would Take You in Your Path Are the Only One to Follow. Rather Than Making Even a Big Decision Today.
I like to Really Let You Sit with That. Would You Ask the Lord, Holy Father, Am I Really Committed to You.
Does My Life Reflect That a Really Following You and I Think Is You Listen Who Make That Clear. Just before We Close over Quickly Remind You about Our Midyear Match. If You're Benefiting from the Ministry of Living on the Edge, but Are Get on the Team. There's Never Been a Better Time Because between Now and July 7. Every Gift We Receive Will Be Matched Dollar for Dollar. If Today's Your Day to Partner with Us, Go to LivingontheEdge.org or Give Us a Call at AAA 333-6003 That's AAA 333-6003, or LivingontheEdge.org App List or Step Donate.
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