Matthew 16:13-20 – Building the Church

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When we look at the story of Jesus at Matthew 16:13-20, we see a story of faith. In this passage we can see Jesus trying to figure out what his listeners are thinking. But it also shows that Jesus is building the church.

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Opening Prayer
Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
Intercessory Prayer
Prayers of the People
Sermon: Building the Church
Recovering neglected truths from the text
Jesus is the builder of the church
Peter’s confession of faith is one of “little faith”
Jesus’ response is praised as one of “little faith”
Jesus wants to know who they think he is
Closing Prayer

Opening Prayer

God, you are the power of liberation,
calling your servant Moses
to lead your people into freedom,
and giving him the wisdom to proclaim your holy law.
Be our Passover from the land of injustice,
be the light that leads us to the perfect rule of love,
that we may be citizens of your unfettered reign;
we ask this through Jesus Christ,
the pioneer of our salvation. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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