The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
This week, we’re discussing this Biblical concept. What did it mean for the disciple, Peter? What did it mean for the rest of the disciples? And what does it mean for us?
To begin, I suggest reading through Matthew 16. After you’ve read the passage, we’ll start by getting a little context on where this is all taking place.
Take a look at your keys.
As you look at each key, think about what each of those keys locks or unlocks. Why do you have each of those keys? Why are they important to you?
Do you have plain key ring or a novelty key chain? What does your set of keys say about you as a person?
Will we submit to God’s plan for our lives? Will we clothe our prayer in humility? Will we remain faithful, even when our requests are not answered the first time, the second time or the third time? What if our requests are never granted?
Will we remain faithful to Christ? Even if the request is never granted we must continue our humble submission to His will and remain faithful.
Feel free to use the following study questions for devotional thought or in your next Small Group study.
There once was a Canaanite woman.
The Canaanite woman (1612). Chartres Cathedral France (28/04/2011) – Photo Credit: Walwyn via photopin cc
This woman makes a request of Christ that is filled with an incredible amount of submission, humility and faith. This is her story:
“Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” (Mt. 15:21-28)
I love fishing!
The fact is, that there are only a few things on this earth that I love more than fishing. Before anyone asks, yes, my wife makes the top of the list.
My 2 boys? (jk) Of course I love my boys more than fishing. And depending on the amount of rocks thrown in the water while I’m fishing, having my boys with me can be a great experience.
Yesterday, we discussed Peter walking on water.
Is courage and faith characteristic of us? Is courage and faith characteristic of the church? When the wind and waves of life are tossing us to and fro, do we place our trust in Christ or do we lean on our own understanding?
For those interested, here’s a few study questions based on yesterday’s post, for personal reflection or to use for Small Group discussion.