Plantation SDA Church
Deeper Season 3 Episode 4: Is Christ's Church built on the Pope(?) (i.e. Peter)?
Join us as Pastor Joseph Salajan continues Season 3 of Deeper. Deep study into the book of Matthew
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  • Plantation SDA Church
    400 NW 118th Ave, Plantation, FL 33325, USA
    Wednesday 7:30 PM
Deeper Theme: Jesus is the Rock, that’s why nobody can prevail against His church.
The Primacy of the Bishop of Rome(over Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople)

AD 330: Constantine–moves the capital to Constantinople à void of power
AD 395: Theodosius–separation of the Roman Empire (Western – Honorius; Eastern: Arcadius)
AD 476: Fall of the Western Roman Empire
5th century: Pope Leon I: primacy of Peter + apostolic succession
What is the main focus of this passage?

• The identity of Jesus:
• "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
Is Peter the rock Jesus is talking about?

• Wordplay
18 "And I also say to you that you are petros (Peter), and on this petra(rock)I will build My church…
Is Peter the doorkeeper of Heaven?

• We all are door keepers of heaven!

• "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” (Luke 11:52)
So who is the Rock?
• O.T. metaphor
• God is our Rock…: (Deut. 32:18, 2 Sam. 22:2.47, Psalm 18:2, 31:3, 42:9).
• Jesus is the Rock!
• Mat. 7: The house built on the Rock…
Are things bound or loosed in heaven according to what we bind or loose?

• The other way around:
• …whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens(YLT).
Was Peter a “rock”?

• He was an unstable moving stone!
• He denied Jesus…
• He had hypocritical tendencies even after his restoration
• He never became the main leader
See what happened right here…
What does it mean that the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it?

• 18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

• Jesus went to the Realm of Death and Hades wasn’t able to lock the door on Him!
Take Away

Jesus is the Rock on which we are build! Nobody can prevail against us!

It is a huge responsibility to have received the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let’s open the door for people to enter!