Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Keys of the Kingdom

Matthew 16:13-19
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Recently I preached to our congregation at River of Life on the subject The Keys of the Kingdom. There was an overwhelming response so I promised to post my notes online in addition to the audio podcast that we routinely post for Sunday sermons. At the end of the post there are links to both the notes (PowerPoint) and to the audio. The notes will make for an excellent Bible study on the topic of salvation in the Book of Acts. Any Christian could easily study these verses together with a friend who is seeking to know the beauty of the new birth experience (John 3:1-7).

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