Each week, these sermon discussion guides are made available to help you engage the sermon text more fully. For those in a small group, this is what your group will use as its jumping-off point. You are also encouraged to use this in the context of your own home, whether personally or as a family, as you seek to apply the message to your life.
Sermon Summary: Luke 9:7-9, 18-22
I. Jesus desires for us to understand “Who He Is,” but not understanding who Jesus is will lead us to unmet expectations and ultimately frustration with Jesus, not worship.
II. Only by studying the true Jesus do I better understand both WHO I AM, and WHO HE IS.
I. If Jesus is just here to rescue you from your present circumstances and bring earthly blessing you are ultimately going to be frustrated with Jesus, and eventually run out of reasons to worship and pursue Him over other things.
II. It’s possible to have the best biblical understanding of “who Jesus is” and still misapply that understanding.
III. If Jesus is just here to help you “win” in life you are ultimately going to be frustrated with Jesus and eventually run out of reasons to worship and pursue Him.
"American Christianity is a story of perpetual upheavals in churches and individual lives. Starting with the extraordinary conversion experience, our lives are motivated by a constant expectation for the Next Big Thing. We’re growing bored with the ordinary means of God’s grace, attending church week in and week out. Doctrines and disciplines that have shaped faithful Christian witness in the past are often marginalized or substituted with new fashions or methods. The new and improved may dazzle us for a moment, but soon they have become “so last year.” — Michael Horton, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World
Question 24: How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? Answer: Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation. — Westminster Shorter Catechism
Question 25: How doth Christ execute the office of a priest? Answer: Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and in making continual intercession for us. — Westminster Shorter Catechism
Question 26: How doth Christ execute the office of a king? Answer: Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies. — Westminster Shorter Catechism
Questions for Personal Response
Can you think of any ways you have misunderstood “Who Jesus Is” and how has that effected your expectation of Him?
How has this effected your view and participation with church?
Where are you looking to Jesus to help you “win” and be on top rather than following Jesus wherever He would lead?