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Matthew 14:22-33
Faith Steps Out

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Today we explore the captivating concept of a faith that not only reaches out but also steps out, inspired by the biblical narrative of Peter walking towards Jesus on the stormy waters. Listen in as we unravel this powerful scriptural event from Matthew 14, which underscores a dynamic, living faith anchored firmly in recognising Jesus as the divine Son of God. Reflecting on Peter's audacious act, we dissect the implications of his response to Jesus's call and how it epitomises the essence of a faith that is not passive but is instead characterised by action, even in the most uncertain times.

To step out in faith, we must have FAITH ANCHORED IN THE SON OF GOD.

The disciples of Jesus or the Jewish readers of the early gospels have read about the ONE  who walks on the seas.

8 He alone stretches out the heavens
    and treads on the waves of the sea.

He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
    the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

10  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
    miracles that cannot be counted. Job 9:8-10 NIV  

When Matthew, Mark, and John all recount the miraculous event of Jesus walking on the seas, they do not merely present a prophet, teacher, or good man with some tricks; they beckon us to perceive Christ in His true essence, as the divine Son of God, a being of unparalleled power and authority. 

To step out in faith, we must have FAITH ANCHORED IN THE SON OF GOD, WHO IS ALWAYS WITH US.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 NIV


When Jesus is no longer the pursuit of our stepping out in faith, we lose sight of what really matters.

3 You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

Discussion Questions

1. Reflecting on the sermon's exploration of Peter walking towards Jesus on water (Matthew 14:22-33), how can we apply this example of stepping out in faith to our current life challenges? Discuss a time when you had to step out in faith, despite feeling uncertain or fearful.

2. The sermon highlighted the importance of having our faith anchored in the divinity of Christ. In what ways does Hebrews 6:19, which refers to hope as an "anchor for the soul," resonate with your personal journey of faith?

3. The sermon encouraged us to maintain our gaze upon Jesus to avoid being overwhelmed by life's storms. How can Isaiah 26:3, which talks about perfect peace for those whose minds are steadfast, guide us in keeping our focus on Christ?

4. Discuss the importance of obedience in our walk with Christ as highlighted in the sermon. How does the story of Peter's call to walk on water inspire us to obey even when it seems illogical or challenging? Look at James 2:17 and discuss how faith without works is dead in the context of stepping out in obedience.

5. In the sermon, we were reminded that God sees us and is with us, even when we feel alone. Share your thoughts on the comfort this brings and how it affects your trust in God during difficult times, with reference to Psalm 34:15.

6. How can we keep our faith steadfast and anchored in Jesus in the face of life's uncertainties, as suggested in the sermon? Reflect on the example of St. Patrick, as mentioned, and discuss the role of persistent prayer and dedication to God's calling in your life, referencing 1 Thessalonians 5:17.