This sermon was preached by Richard Thomas at the Christ Church Manchester Weekend Away 2019.
This sermon was based on Matthew 14:22-33.
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
KNOW JESUS’ IDENTITY AND ACT ON IT
- When things seem tough the first the we need is to just hear Jesus and be reassured.
- You can handle real challenges by knowing WHO Jesus is.
- Developing our friendship with Jesus equips us to step out.
- When Jesus is the focus, Peter can do the impossible. When the storm is the focus, he can’t.
- What is it that most distracts you from Jesus?
- We can be distracted by the obvious things.
- We can also be distracted by subtle things.
FOCUS ON JESUS
- Get time to just pause and be with Jesus.
- We become like what we look at.
- Our challenges are never bigger than Jesus.
BELIEVE YOUR BELIEFS AND DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS
- This is a choice of spiritual and mental focus.
- It is one thing to believe after the storm, it is another to believe in the storm.
- When was the last time you took a step of risky obedience?
- Any work of God goes through three stages – impossible, difficult and done.
- Is is safer to do what God has told us or to lean on our own resources?
FAILURE ISN’T FINAL
- It seemed like Peter failed – but this is only part of the story.
- Many of us have moments like this. But they are just incidents in the past. They are not final.
- We cry ‘help’. God delivers us and gets more glory.
- It is good to get into a place where we NEED Jesus.