Celebrating You Tube Video #1

Happy Friday Friends,

Thanks to Jonathan Woodard, Ryan Huffer, and Ben Doyle… we are now on youtube. Yeah I know, we should have done that a long long time ago… we’ve just been busy!

Let me give you a little background for the video snippet you’re about to watch.

First, the text: Matthew 16:13-19

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

 14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

A few observations about these verses:

  • Ok, so Jesus asked Peter, “Who do YOU say that I am?”
  • Peter did not hesitate…
  • Peter did not side with popular belief…
  • Peter SPOKE WITH DEEP CONVICTION saying, “YOU ARE THE MESSIAH, the Son of the living God!”
  • From the way Jesus responded to Peters answer, we must assume that Peter impressed Jesus!
  • Jesus replies, “YOU ARE BLESSED PETER… because your beliefs about me did not come to you only from what you heard other humans saying… no, no, no… you’ve been watching me closely Peter, you’ve been studying my every move… and you have a FIRST HAND REVELATION that my Father has given you about WHO I AM!” (paraphrase)
  • As a result of Peter’s unshakable deep conviction, Jesus tells him, “Peter, I am going to build my Kingdom with you… I am going to start my church with the revelation you are housing in your heart!” (paraphrase)
  • And Jesus explains that spiritual authority has everything to do with who Jesus IS to each of us! “Because of this FIRST HAND REVEALTION you are housing in your heart Peter, I am giving YOU the KEYS of the Kingdom of Heaven!” (paraphrase)
  • So, the question remains, “Who do YOU say that Jesus is?” and “How firmly are you holding that belief?” Because if you’re living on someone else’s relationship with God, you will never be able to experience the Kingdom of God quite like Peter did.

With this brief background… watch the video and add your amazing comments! Oh, and have a most outstanding day everyone! We love you guys in a pretty HUGE way!



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5 thoughts on “Celebrating You Tube Video #1

  1. You go! Preach that word! I am being led to write a book on the subject of mentoring so I really enjoyed your words. When I am done I’ll give you a copy! One thing I will add is that there are many within the body of Christ that have so much to offer yet stay silent. The thought of many is “I cannot mentor anyone until I have been successful in ministry.” What a lie. So I would encourage some to offer themselves as mentors also. Don’t wait to succeed. And what does success look like? Keep preaching man! Blessings from Va Beach

  2. Doug Dowdey!! So nice to make contact again my dear old friend! Emily and I were at VA Beach last year and we thought we saw you guys… when we turned to go back and say hi… you were gone. It was so strange. You guys were at Kohrs Ice Cream on Atlantic. Thanks for the comments and thanks for saying hello you mighty man of God. I pray for you often wondering how educated you have become over the past few years. I’ve been studying like an animal myself… recieved my masters with Life Christian University and working on my doctorate. Have enough credits… just finishing my disertation. Have a super day… you’re such a great guy Doug! God bless you!!! 🙂

  3. Amazing!!!!!!! Who do I say Jesus is…….Jesus is the Son of Man who was crucified for my sins. He was crucified so I could live the life God wants me to live. Jesus is my savior and rose from the dead. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father!!!! He is waiting for us to become the bride. He is cleansing my heart each day!!!! Jesus is who He says He is and does what He says He does: heals people, performs miracles, changes lives drastically, helps me to overcome bondage and strong holds, carries me when I am weary, breaks down lies that have been built up in me, refuses to let me turn back, keeps pushing me forward in a deeper relationship with Him.