TiO 15 – Alpha – Who is Jesus?

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The Main Idea

Todd began our series on Alpha with Jesus. Specifically addressing the question of “Who Is Jesus” first coming from the mouth of John the Baptist and then moving this into our own hearts and minds.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Have you ever tried to get news about someone who was unreachable? Eg., accident, storm, lost at sea? Tell that story?

Q2: Would you rather hike in the woods or read about people hiking in the woods?

Q3: Did you play pretend when you were a child? What scenarios did you create?

The Word

Read the scripture aloud: Matthew 11:16-19

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Todd concluded his message with the question, “Who is Jesus to you?” This is not an admission of an understanding of Jesus that can be “whatever we want him to be”. Instead, it is just the opposite. It acknowledges that we all want Jesus to be something. We all want him to do things for us, to answer certain prayers in certain ways. We want him to let us be who we think we are meant to be and, sometimes, not to bother us with difficult requirements for life. But Jesus can never be those things. For he is the saviours, he is the King, he is the Son of God and that is who he must be for us. Otherwise, we are simply following ourselves, our own heart desires, and calling that fake person Jesus.

Q1: Who is Jesus to you?

Q2: In what ways are you tempted to create a saviour who looks and talks like you and then put a name tag on him that says, “Jesus”?

Q3: Has Jesus been talking to you about something that you are holding onto that would get in the way of following him?

Pray that God would show you the ways in which you have made Jesus look like you and not the other way around.

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