Sep. 16, 2018 – The Choice to Lose One’s Life for Christ’s Sake
Read Mark 8:27-38.
As Jesus and his disciples walk through a place that honours lord Caesar, Jesus asks a general question: “Who do people say that I am?” (v. 27)
- Who or what is honoured as “lord: where you live and work?
- What are some public opinions about Jesus in our society?
Jesus asks a personal question: “But who do you say that I am?” Read Peter’s response. (v. 29) The Messiah (in Greek, “the Christ”) was the one Jewish people hoped for. (e.g., to act as a political rescuer)
- How did Jesus describe the Messiah (or Son of Man)? (v. 31) Why did Peter react so strongly? (v. 32)
- Why did Jesus rebuke Peter so severely? (v. 33) How did Peter’s rebuke in v. 32 pose real, devilish temptation for Jesus?
Read vv. 34-37.
- What is the difference between choosing to suffer for the purposes of Christ and being a victim or a doormat?
- To what specific form of humility, service or chosen suffering is Christ leading you?