Sermon Debrief – “Did Jesus Really Call His Friend Satan?”

Pastor Doug preached a great sermon yesterday about Jesus’ call to follow Him! If you missed the sermon, click below to watch!

How well do you remember the message? Test your recall:

1. Jesus spoke a hard rebuke to whom?

2. Shortly before, that same person had made an accurate confession about Jesus, saying that Jesus was:

3. When Jesus predicted His suffering and death, did He communicate in a confusing way?

4. What did Jesus mean by “Get behind Me”?

5. What prayer did Pastor Doug give us to pray this week?

Answers are below.


1. Peter

2. The Christ

3. No. The text says He “said this plainly.” (Mark 8:32)

4. Peter was getting out in front of Him, trying to set the direction. In order to follow Jesus, we have to be behind Him.

5. “Today, Lord, help me to deny myself and take up my cross and follow You. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Some of my favorite quotes from Pastor Doug’s sermon:

*Jesus was saying, albeit painfully, that his friend, who only a short time before had confessed that Jesus was the Christ, had now basically changed sides in the court room and had become his accuser. We can almost feel Jesus saying, “Even you, Peter?”

*He was actually resetting Peter’s perspective and reminding Peter what discipleship was all about: getting behind Jesus in order to follow Him. Peter’s mistake was that he was out in front, trying to lead based on what he thought was best. You can almost hear Jesus saying, “No, I will lead you, Peter….all the way to the cross.” And as Jesus invited Peter to follow Him the first time – He now invited His friend to follow Him again.

And of course …

*An exchange between Christopher Robin and Pooh that captures the essence of friendship: “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

Missed the previous weekend’s sermon? Here it is!

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Published by Christopher Kennedy

Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, School, and Child Care in San Antonio, Texas. Husband to my beloved Ashley. Dad to the four most wonderful children in the world.

2 thoughts on “Sermon Debrief – “Did Jesus Really Call His Friend Satan?”

  1. I really am enjoying this sermon series, they have all been great. I love this sermon debriefing, I take notes but sometimes I forget something or I don’t catch it.
    Thanks so much,
    Rachel Beal


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