Passages - Week 2: The Guide

The Ultimate Question

Day 7

“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’”Mark 8:29

Questions are powerful tools to explore spiritual experiences of people and to guide them to a fuller understanding of the gospel. No question gets to the heart of the issue more quickly than the one that Jesus asked Peter and the disciples: “Who do you say I am?” Peter got it right when he declared that Jesus was the Christ. He didn’t fully understand everything yet, but it was an essential step in the journey of faith.

Too often, our spiritual conversations touch peripheral issues without engaging this ultimate question. If you want to get to the heart of the matter, ask someone, “What have you decided about Jesus?” That question may take you to a deeper level of spiritual conversation and may help the person take a step forward on their spiritual journey. Remember to clarify who is Jesus and what he has done. That is the heart of the gospel.

Thought

Life’s most important decision is about Jesus.

Take a Step

Look for an opportunity to ask someone on your prayer list, “Who is Jesus to you?” If that person does not believe Jesus is their Savior and Lord, ask if they would be open to conducting an experiment regarding him. Suggest she read one chapter of Mark a day for the next two weeks. Then challenge them to reevaluate their conclusion. 

Bonus

And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

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