It's Time to Step Out (Matthew 14:22-33)Pastor Jared Shumate, October 7, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Think for just a moment about a person from the Bible who had great faith. Maybe your mind went straight to Hebrews 11, the Faith Hall of Fame. Maybe you thought of Abraham and Isaac. Maybe Noah, or David, or Daniel, or the three Hebrew boys. But how many of you thought about Peter?
We usually think about Peter as being the Disciple who often put his foot in his mouth and spoke without thinking. But remember that Peter once stepped off a boat, in the middle of a body of water, and walked with Jesus. Now that's great faith!
This morning Pastor Jared challenged us; It's Time to Step Out! It's time to take that step of faith, get off the boat, and walk with Jesus!
Do you have the faith to answer the call? Just as Jesus told Peter, He is calling to us..."Come..."
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22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (KJV)