Sunday, July 15, 2018
Dare to Get Out of the Boat
Vs. 1-12 > John the Baptist is in prison/beheaded by Herod
Vs. 13-21 > Jesus feeds the 5k with 5 loaves and 2 fish
¨ Jesus gets alone to pray
¨ Disciples are on the boat far from land
¨ Storm arises/afraid/beaten by the waves
¨ Sometime between 3 & 6 am, Jesus comes to them walking on the water
¨ Disciples think He’s a ghost – lack of faith – just witnessed one of the greatest miracles (5K)
¨ They were afraid/terrified
¨ Jesus calms them and tells them not to be afraid – take heart
> He often tells us the same thing when life gets a little unset tled/scary
> How is our faith?
> Do we believe He is our anchor in the storm?
> Do we trust Him as we venture into an unknown future?
¨ Peter, still lacking in his faith, asks Jesus to command him to come out on the water
¨ But only if it’s really Him – still not quite there yet.
> Where are we as a church? Are we there yet? Or are we still lacking in faith/trust
¨ Jesus calls Peter to “come.” Peter does
¨ Peter actually walks on the water because his eyes are on Jesus
¨ As soon as he focuses on the wind, he lost sight of Jesus and began to sink.
¨ In His mercy and love, Jesus reaches out and rescues Peter
¨ He rescues us when we call out to Him
¨ But what if we hadn’t taken our off of Jesus to begin with?
¨ Jesus tells Peter, and often tells us “O you of little faith!”
>This is not to belittle us but rather to encourage us and make us aware of who we are/whose we are/ what we have in Him
¨ Jesus then gets into the boat with the disciples and calms the storm and them
>Is Jesus in out boat with us?
¨ Better yet, are we willing to get out of the boat when Jesus calls, fix our eyes on Him, and walk by faith or…
¨ Will we settle into our corner of our boat of safety and status quo and become afraid or skeptical of moving forward?
2 Timothy 1:17 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
¨ We must live a life of complete faith if we are going to experience the fulness of what God has for us.
¨ We might think walking on water is a bit ridiculous or unthinkable or impossible.
¨ But to God nothing is impossible
¨ Peter was called to do something beyond natural thinking.
¨ Remember what Isaiah says in:
Chapter 55:8 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
¨ God is a supernatural God who does extraordinary things with and through ordinary people like you and me.
¨ He will call us to do the big, scary, supernatural things that seem beyond our capabilities of understanding
¨ If God calls us to it, He will equip and empower to complete it
> Will we dare step out of the boat?
> Will we dare to desire to experience the supernatural pow er of God without reservation – with complete faith?
3 things we must do to if we dare to step out of the boat
1. Surrender completely to Jesus and give Him total control
> Lessons in faith and trust
> We have to believe Jesus is who He claims to be
> We have to obey His call/commands
2. We have to make divine requests to do the extraordinary
> We have to pray
* Not for our will or ways, but rather for His
* Pray for the heavenly or eternal not earthly or temporal
3. We have to have a daring faith (not a blind faith)
> Are we will to step into the unknown?
> Are we willing to look beyond our capabilities and understanding?
* Are our 5 loaves and 2 fish insignificant? In our hands yes, but in the hands of Jesus – limitless!
> Are we afraid of failing? Failing is a bad thing only when we don’t learn from it and grow. Failure teaches perseverance and can actually strengthen our faith.
> We cannot allow fear to keep us from stepping out of the boat and trusting Jesus.
> God will give us the strength and power to move forward.
ILL: Trust—The faith that changes the life and connects to God is best conveyed by the word ‘trust.’ Imagine you are on a high cliff and you lose your footing and begin to fall. Just beside you as you fall is a branch sticking out of the edge of the cliff. It is your only hope and it is more than strong enough to support your weight. How can it save you? If your mind is filled with intellectual certainty that the branch can support you, but you don’t actually reach out and grab it, you are lost. If your mind is instead filled with doubts and uncertainty that the branch can hold you, but you reach out and grab it anyway, you will be saved. Why? It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. Strong faith in a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch. Tim Keller—The Reason for God
¨ Let’s dare to step out of the boat when Jesus calls us to “come”!
¨ Let’s surrender our wills to Him!
¨ Let’s make divine requests to do and experience the extraordinary
¨ Let’s display a faith that may seem crazy but is an empowered faith that displays the supernatural God that we say we believe in.