The Sunday evening lesson for July 17, 2022.
The Kingdom & The Church (Matthew 16:13-20)Phillip Stuckey, July 17, 2022
Part of the Studies In Eschatology series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Eschatology, the study of last things, is something that is always timely for us to consider. This is true because Scripture teaches us that we are living in the last days. We have been noticing some of the controversies and questions, such as the interpretation of prophecy. Other areas that come up are differences over the Kingdom of God and the Church. In this lesson we want to consider what the Bible says about the Kingdom of God and the Church of God.
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Matthew 16:13–20 (Listen)
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.