Courage and Fear (4 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Courage and Fear (4 of 4)
Series: Tightrope - Living in the Tension
Pastor Kerry Shook
Matthew 14:24-33


''Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o'clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, 'It's a ghost!' But Jesus spoke to them at once. 'Don't be afraid,' He said. 'Take courage. I am here!' Then Peter called to Him, 'Lord, if it's really You, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.' 'Yes, come,' Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. 'You have so little faith,' Jesus said. 'Why did you doubt Me?' When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped Him. 'You really are the Son of God!' they exclaimed.'' Matt. 14:24-33 (NLT)
The Causes of Fear

• A loss of security

''… the disciples were in trouble far away from land….''
(Vs. 24a)
• A loss of stability

''... for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.'' (Vs. 24b)

• A loss of visibility

''About three o'clock in the morning….'' (Vs. 25a)

''When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, 'It's a ghost!''' (Vs. 26)

1. MOVE FORWARD IN FAITH

''Then Peter called to Him, 'Lord, if it's really You, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.' 'Yes, come,' Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. (Vs. 28-29)

2. FOCUS ON CHRIST'S LOVE

''But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink….'' (Vs. 30a)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's l ...


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