Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.
In Mark 8 Jesus asked the Twelve, “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and some say one of the prophets.” In response, Jesus poses probably the most profound question ever asked, “Who do you say I am?” To which Peter proclaims, “You are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Six days later, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up on a mountain and suddenly Jesus’ appearance is transformed. His clothes became dazzling white and Moses and Elijah appeared beside Him. Peter was so shaken by the sight, he asks Jesus if He can build 3 shelters (temples) so they could stay there.
Peter understood that He was in the presence of God, and that temples provide protection for mortals to insulate them from God’s holiness. Immediately, only Jesus stood before them. If we are to see Jesus as He truly is, then we must have the courage to publicly proclaim Him as “Lord of All and the Son of God.”
The Bible plainly states that there are no secret agents in God’s Army! All real believers will confess Him with their mouths, and believe in their hearts that Jesus is Lord! Jesus also tells us that our first act of obedience is a public, water baptism. Who is God laying on your heart to share the Good News? Wherever you find yourself on the discipleship journey, pray that He’ll give you the courage to publicly proclaim His Lordship as Peter did!
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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