Are You a Help or a Hindrance?
"13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes."
John 10:25-27 "25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Matthew 4:8-9 "8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Matthew 16:24-25 "24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
John 18:10-11 "10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
Ways that we are Hindrances and not a Help to the Kingdom of God:
Our Example - In the way that we live and act
Ephesians 4:1 "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called..."
Philippians 1:27 "Only let your manner of life be worthy[h] of the gospel of Christ…"
Matthew 23:5 "They do all their deeds, to be noticed by men."
Our Counsel - In the way that we advise others
Proverbs 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but an enemy multiplies kisses."
Our Supplication - In the way that we ask/pray
James 1:6-7 "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;"
Our Fellowship - In the way that we reconcile conflict
Mark 11:25 "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Our Repentance - In the way that we confess
Psalm 32:1- "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer."
Week 4 - Are you a help or a hindrance? - Matthew 16:13-23
Sunday, we saw Peter acting in a way that was contrary to God’s ultimate plan. He was acting in the flesh and as a result, he became a hindrance to Christ-not a help.
As a group, turn to Romans 12, let’s focus on v2 for the majority of tonight’s study.
Romans 12:2 breaks down into four smaller parts they are as follows:
(a) Part 1 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world
(b) Part 2 - but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
(c) Part 3 - Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will
(d) Part 4 - His good, pleasing, and perfect will
(1) Let’s look first at Part 1, ‘do not conform to the pattern of this world’. What can we learn from these words? (think logically, don’t go too deep)
(2) Now let’s look at Part 2, ‘but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’. Paul is writing to the believers who make up the church in Rome. What can we learn from Paul’s words in part 2?
(3) Part 3 of Romans 12:2 says, ‘Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will’. How does this part of Romans 12:2 help us understand the reason for our need in a shift of perspective?
Romans 12:3 hammers home the point made in v2. We must be sober with our thinking and perspective. This perspective shift often looks different for each person, but one thing that we all have in common is that we need to look at ourselves with a different perspective--we must think of ourselves soberly or in a realistic way! We must recognize that we are sinful and in need of constant renewal/forgiveness from GOD. This shift in perspective allows us to serve God in humility. It allows us, the created, to take a back seat to God, the creator and this gives us the ability to know and follow God’s will. When this shift begins in the life of a believer--other’s become more important, the church is seen as essential, servanthood becomes a priority, and God has a right place in our lives and minds!