FEAR SEES STORMS. FAITH SEES JESUS.

Jesus commands the storm, so you can obey his command to keep your eyes on him and walk through it.

Notes And Next Steps

Matthew 14:22-33 + Part 5 of the series “Vivid"

 

The first person in this story to face fears is not Peter, not the disciples, but Jesus himself.

[Jesus] went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. (Matthew 14:23)

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!” (Matthew 14:29,30)

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)

Jesus has caught us in his power and love, and won’t let us go. (Romans 8:38,39)

You can walk through the storm because:

  • the presence of Jesus preaches more clearly than circumstances. Jesus is Savior. 
  • the power of Jesus performs more consistently than circumstances. Jesus is Lord.

“Take courage, it is I. Don’t be afraid!” (Matthew 14:27)

SPIRITUAL NEXT STEP

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)

Discussion Questions

  1. What part of today’s message was most meaningful to you or new insight for you?
  2. Read Matthew 7:24. How do Jesus’ words explain the importance of following up today’s message with a spiritual next step and studying questions with a LifeGroup?
  3. Agree or Disagree: Doubt is a sin.
  4. A Christian friend struggling in their faith asks you, “Why do I experience such highs and lows?” Make a list of some helpful responses to consider. 
  5. Christian artist Ryan Stevenson sings “Eye of the Storm.” Study the lyrics. Could this song help your struggling friend?