August 24, 2014 – Keys to the Kingdom

Scripture Reference:

  • Matthew 16:13-20

Key Points:

  • ¬†Jesus gives the keys to Peter in pagan territory
    • About Caesarea Philippi:
      1. The area was scattered with temples of the ancient Syrian Baal worship
      2. Said to be the birthplace Pan
      3. Said to be the place where the Jordan River was sprang to life
      4. Temple of white marble built to the godhead of Caesar
  • Jesus gives the keys to a bumbling disciple- Peter
    • About Bumbling Peter:
      1. Continually says the wrong thing
      2. Sleep when he is needed
      3. Fights when he is supposed to submit
      4. Denies he knows his best friend and leader
      5. Skinny dips in front of the Lord
  • Jesus puts Hell on the defensive
    • Verse 18: The church charges into the very gates of death rescuing the perishing and offering the opportunity for people to pass from death unto life.
  • We have been given the power to enjoy access
  • Jesus gives us the choice to act with grace