The Keys of the Kingdom (Matthew 16:13-20)Pastor Steve Newton, August 27, 2017
Part of the Matthew series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Christians in every age, using the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, worked to open the doors of the Kingdom of heaven by feeding the poor in the name of Christ, giving shelter to the homeless in the name of Christ, clothing the naked in the name of Christ, visiting the prisoner, setting the captive free, giving hope where there was no hope in the name of Jesus. That’s the history of the church, and it started with Peter, but now has been passed on to us, and we have the job as steward of the keys to open doors to God’s love.
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13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (ESV)