Matthew 14:22-33 NIV
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,  and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
1) Seeing Jesus in the Storm
3-6pm – is when Jesus feeds the 5000
8-9pm – they get into the boat
3-6am – when Jesus walks on the water
They are in the boat for 7-8h and do not have much to show for. Why were they in so much trouble?
Waves can get 10 feet high on the sea of Galilee. Wind is against them. They were going nowhere.
Is the boat a symbol for the church, including the conflicts within? There was no Jesus with them. They lost sight of him.
What conflicts do we have as a church?
- One form of conflict can arise when we give input to someone else. We are all rebellious by nature. Some stay rebellious and this is when conflict happens. However, some get humble and repent.
- Another form of conflict are matters of opinion. It’s not about who is right but what is right.
2) Get Out of the Boat
Why getting out of the boat?!
v29 Jesus appreciated what Peter did. He said, ‘come’.
Peter saw Jesus walk on water. What do we do as disciples? We do what Jesus does. That would have been reason enough for Peter to leave the boat and try the humanly impossible.
The older we get as Christians and people the bigger the temptation to get more and more subdued and sedated. Where have I put limits on God?
Do I take the risk of sharing my faith with people? It’s not about a number etc but rather is it on my heart to share with people?
3) Fix our Eyes
What purpose did it serve when Peter walked on water?
How many have tried to live a pure life and succeeded before becoming a Christian? How about anger, honesty etc
Jesus will not let us drown. Jesus reaches out immediately. Jesus asks us to do things we can’t do in the flesh. We struggle, we fall, Jesus reaches out to us and pulls us up. We constantly need Christ’s grace.
Something lighter to finish off:
May we start a movement in 2018!
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