That’s My King!
Main Point: Even though Jesus is the King of every king and the Lord of all lords, He wants to be personally known and loved by each of us.
Discussion Starter: That’s My King!
This video clip has made the rounds in worship services since its creation a few years back. But it provides youth leaders with such a powerful way to address who Jesus is AND what He wants that we’re building a small group discussion starter from it. The video uses a sermon segment from Reverend S.M. Lockridge, a black pastor who preached during much of the 20th Century, before passing away in early 2000. It’s got a terrific soundtrack behind it, and is quite compelling.
Here is the HD version of the clip available for purchase from Sermon Spice:
Here is the (totally free) YouTube version of the exact same video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upGCMl_b0n4
Here is another version of the video from YouTube (using different graphics and music):
I love that video clip so much! The voice you just heard was that of Reverend S.M. Lockridge, an African-American pastor who preached all over the world for much of the 20th Century. He’s now with Jesus, having died in early 2000, and so all those things you just heard him talk about, he’s experiencing right now as I speak. But what about you? Who is Jesus to you? Do you feel the same way about Jesus that Rev. Lockridge did? It’s true that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, but who is He to you?
Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.
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- AROUND THE CIRCLE: As we get started, let’s all take a second to share our names and a line from the pastor’s sermon in the video that stuck out to us.
- ASK A FEW: The music was mixed in later, of course, but what did you think about that style of preaching?
- ASK A FEW: Of all the titles that Rev. Lockridge gave Jesus, which one do you think was the most important?
- ASK A FEW: What was the question that Rev. Lockridge kept asking? (Leaders – The question was, “Do you know Him?”)
- ASK A FEW: How important is it to know Jesus?
- ASK A FEW: What is the difference between saying “Jesus is THE King” and “Jesus is MY King”?
Read the following passage:
Colossians 1:13-23 (NLT)
For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins. 15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see– kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. 17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, 22 yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
We just had a great time watching a powerful video about a preacher telling us who Jesus is to him. But over and over again, that preacher asked us, “Do WE know Jesus? Is Jesus OUR King?” I really hope you have answered that question with a “yes” but if you haven’t, I want you to consider something very important:
It isn’t me or any other preacher that wants to know. It’s Jesus that wants to know!
If you don’t believe me, take a listen to what Jesus asked His disciples when they were alone on a road 2,000 years ago. Read Matthew 16:13-18…
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 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. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
Did you catch that? Jesus asked His disciples point blank who they thought He was. Some of them said good things about Him – that He was prophetic (like Elijah), courageous (like John the Baptist) – but Jesus cut to the chase when He reminded them: who do YOU think I am?
Peter answered correctly. He said, “Jesus, you are the Messiah (the King), the Son of the Living God.” BOOM! That’s the ONLY right answer to that question!
Then check out what Jesus says to Peter as a result of his answer: “You are blessed!”
Listen guys, Jesus is asking every single one of us that question right now: Who do you think I truly am? Am I your good luck charm? Am I the guy whose name you scream out when you’re mad? Am I the person that you use to try and look good?
Or am I the King? YOUR King?
Jesus is King of all kings and Lord of every lord, but He wants to be personally known and loved by you. What do you say?
(At this point, extend an invitation for those who have never trusted in Christ to do so. You might also want to give the Christian students in the room a chance to recommit themselves to the King.)
Close in Prayer
Written by David R Smith
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.