“You’re NOT in the Driver’s Seat”


“YOU’RE NOT IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT”  (Matt. 16:21-27)

FBC Earlville 9-25-11  10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor


INTRODUCTION    Today’s “Special”:  “Dad at the supermarket”:

My father was completely lost in the kitchen and never ate unless someone prepared a meal for him. When Mother was ill, however, he volunteered to go to the supermarket for her. She sent him off with a carefully numbered list of seven items.

Dad returned shortly, very proud of himself, and proceeded to unpack the grocery bags. He had one bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three hams, four boxes of detergent, five boxes of crackers, six eggplants, and seven green peppers.


We’ve talked often about our hunger for God – what about His hunger for us:  HE wants to be in the driver’s seat of our lives.  How do I know that Jesus is in the driver’s seat of my life?  PRAYER

1.       I FOLLOW HIS “PETRA”  (vs. 16-19)

  • Peter answers Jesus’ question on His identity (v. 16)
  • Jesus responds with 2 “eye pictures” that don’t show up in the English:  (1)  You are “Petros” (pebble), and on this “Petra” (Boulder like the Rock of Gibraltar) I will build My Church.

* Jesus uses Peter’s declaration as both the Boulder/Foundation of the Church, and the Boulder Guide of our lives.

2.       I FOLLOW HIS PASSION (vs. 21)

  • A word we have lost which was revived by Mel Gibson is “passion” – that is what the cross is all about!
  • Jesus shared often (at least 10 times) about His passion – note responses!
  • in fact, the communion is done “in remembrance” because we are quick to forget.
  • What can change a community faster: people in church or to the cross?
  • Illus.:  The “Wordless Book”
  • His passion is the basis for the gospel  (1 Cor. 15:3,4)

3.       I FOLLOW HIS PATH  (vs. 22-23)

  • Jesus’ path is to Jerusalem, the way of death
  • Paul reminds us of this (Phil. 1:20,21; Rom. 6:13)

4.       I FOLLOW HIS PURPOSE  (vs. 24-26)

  • Illus..:  old ladies driving through red lights:  An old car was being driven through town when the elderly passenger noticed that her elderly driver drove through a red light.  She looked over at her driver but, noticing that she wasn’t too concerned, let it pass.

They then went through a second red light, and, once again, the elderly passenger noticed her elderly driver not so concerned about this indiscretion.

And then?  The vehicle went through a THIRD red light, at which time the elderly passenger exclaimed, “Mabel, you need to be more careful.  That’s the third red light you’ve driven through.”

To which Mabel replied, “oh, I’m driving?  I thought you were driving!”


  • “You’re not in the driver’s seat, I am” (The Message)
  • “Suffering” is part of His purposes for His children – “embrace them” as they cause the world to see Jesus through us – REAL Christianity!



How will I know that my life was lived with the Lord Jesus in the Driver’s Seat of my life?   (Review Points #1-4)

Are our lives lived with Jesus’ splendor in view, with our lives an open book before His Throne? (v. 27)

OR are our lives lived for today, and not, as the old song said, “with eternity’s values in view”?

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