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It's Time to Get out of the Boat (11 of 11)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 14. We are finishing our series called, ''Footsteps: What it Really Means to Follow Jesus.'' And our subject today, has to do with Peter and Jesus walking on the water. I've entitled this message, ''It's Time to Get out of The Boat.''
Now I heard about a pastor, and he was preaching, and it's the end of the service. And before he dismissed the people, he said, ''Right after the service at the back there'll be a meeting of the board.'' And so he concluded. And there was a little group there. And the pastor went back there to the meeting and saw a visitor there and he, thought, Well, what's this guy doing here? And so he politely said to the guy, ''Sir, maybe you didn't understand me, but this is a meeting of the board.'' And the guy said, ''Yeah, after that service if there's somebody more bored than I am, I'd like to meet them'' (laughter). You know, that describes a lot of churches - boring. It describes a lot of Christians living a boring Christian life, just so hum-drum, just so blah, just going through the motions.
You know, when you read in the gospels, you don't see Jesus' life being boring and blah and hum-drum. You read in the Book of Acts, you don't see the apostles' lives being boring and blah and hum-drum. And so we can read the Bible and say, ''Well,man, it seemed exciting back then, but it's not very exciting for me.'' And so many Christians just live a life that's safe and comfortable and routine and it's not very thrilling. It's like, ''Well, where is the abundant life that Jesus talked about?'' You know, Jesus said, „The one who believes in Me, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.' Where is that stuff? Where are the miracles? And where's the power? And where's the excitement of a life with Christ?'' Well, I think that for the vast majority of believers the pro ...
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