Table Talk: Week of September 16, 2018

Who is Jesus?

In Sunday School today we focused on a bible reading from Mark. (Mark 8:27-38)

The kids heard Peter’s declaration and discussed the joys and challenges of following Jesus, the Messiah. We also talked about all the different names for Jesus and what each of them might tell us about him.

Even though there are many names for Jesus, there is only one Jesus to follow. (Jesus, the Messiah, Christ, Lord, Savior, Teacher, King…)

Just as many people in our own lives have many different names, it is all the same person. (Jennifer, Mrs. Taylor, Mom) Each one of those names tells you a little bit about me!

In this reading from Mark, Jesus walked with his disciples and asked them “Who do people say that I am?” They answered him – “John the Baptist”, others said “Elijah”, some said “one of the prophets”. Peter answered, “The Messiah” (God’s chosen one).

Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must face suffering, and be rejected by chief priests, law makers, teachers – he would even be killed and after three days rise again.

Peter began to question him, but Jesus turned to Peter and his disciples and said “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Jesus also called to the crowd and his disciples and said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Table Talk Questions

  1. What are some other names for Jesus?
  2. What do these different names tell us about Jesus?
  3. What does the word “Messiah” mean? (“God’s chosen one”)
  4. What is a challenge about following Jesus today? What is a joy in following Jesus today?
  5. What does it mean to take up the cross and follow Him?