by J. Gerald Harris

The Miracle That Should Challenge Our Complacency
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 14:22-36

Complacency! Apathy! Indifference! Someone has said, "The road to failure is greased with the slime of complacency."

And someone else said, "The complacent person is not much better than a dead one, and takes up a lot more room."

This morning we're going to be thinking about the miracle that challenges our complacency. And I have chosen this message because I am afraid there is a lot of complacency in this nation. And I believe there is a lot of complacency even among the Christians of this nation. In fact, I am afraid there is a passage of Scripture that describes us all too well. Look in the book of Amos in the Old Testament, chapter six, verse one (read). And now look in verses 4-6 (read).

Now, this morning I want us to look at an episode in the life of Simon Peter. Simon Peter was a lot of things. He was boisterous. He was impetuous -- impulsive. Sometimes he was even profane, but he was never complacent.

As we look at our text, we discover that it is illustrative of the adventuresome spirit and the amazing faith of Simon Peter.

After preaching to a great multitude of people, Jesus went up into a mountain to pray. The disciples had been sent out back across the lake. It was somewhere between three o'clock and six o'clock in the morning.

One of the sudden storms, for which the Sea of Galilee was notorious, had come down, and they were struggling against the winds and the waves, and they were making very little progress. As the night wore on, Jesus began to walk down from the mountain. As the lightening flashed across the sky, He saw the disciples and their perilous plight upon the sea. He came walking upon the waves of the sea and toward the boat. He came so quickly upon the disciples that they were terrified when they saw Him, thinking at first it was a ghost or an apparition.

But what I want us to do this morning is to consider the amazing, the ast ...

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