(Message 4) “Seeing is believing.” We’ve all heard that phrase, and it makes sense. Peter, Jesus’ disciple, saw miracles done day after day, so it was easy to believe. However, we don’t get that luxury. Jesus has a different message for us. Join us for part 2 of “Billboard Jesus”. #GCHoldFast
For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
2 Peter 1:19-21 NLT
Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
John 20:24-29 NIV
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
What is something you have done that required much faith? How did it change you?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Read 2 Peter 1:16-18 and Matthew 17:1-8. At the Transfiguration of Jesus, Peter wanted to set up 3 memorials. While he was talking about doing that, God spoke from heaven. He said, “Listen to Him”. What did Clay say was the significance of this moment? Do you feel there are things/people in your life that you put on a pedestal that doesn’t belong to them?
How do you draw the line between placing a mentor on a pedestal and simply valuing his/her example? What are some guardrails that you have employed to prevent putting them on a pedestal?
God spoke directly to Peter, James, and John on the Mount of Transfiguration and scared the daylights out of them. How does God speak to people today? How has He spoken to you? What are you doing to nurture that relationship and encourage its growth? How can you use that to encourage others, both those who have a relationship with Jesus and those who don’t?
Read 2 Peter 1:19-21. How much of your UNDERSTANDING of scripture do you think comes from your efforts or initiative in studying? What part do you think the Holy Spirit plays in your understanding? How do you know that? As billboards, we are essentially messengers spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. What part does the Spirit play in that role in your life?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
Read John 20:24-29. Jesus told Thomas, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Jesus was referring to us! How does that encourage you?
What does your everyday walk by faith look like? How can your faith, which is not a product of having physically walked with, seen, and heard Jesus during His time on earth, be an example to unbelievers?
Faith is believing in something you cannot see. What would you say to someone who struggles with accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior because they’ve never seen Him?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Commit to living out these statements:
I will go to my grave reminding people how awesome my Jesus is!
I’m glad to advertise Jesus!
I’m honored to live for Him and help others do the same thing!
I want to represent Him well!
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Father, please help strengthen my faith in You, so I can share my faith with others. Help me to be a walking advertisement for You and to represent You well. In Jesus Name. Amen.