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Keep Calm and Consider: Rescue
October 14, 2018

Keep Calm and Consider: Rescue

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Keep Calm and Consider

In our series “Keep Calm and Consider” we move to a well-known event of Jesus with his disciples. Matthew 14:23-33 is Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee while his disciples are struggling against “contrary winds.” This passage is an excellent study in the power of fear and anxiety for a group as well as an individual. All of us have experienced moments of anxiety when we get on the “crazy train” and fear begins to control us! This is what happens to the disciples! In the sermon “Rescue” we find that Jesus’ response to the disciples and Peter helps us to manage worry in our lives. There is always a danger that our fears will control us but as you read Matthew 14:23-33 notice the actions of Jesus. Matthew 14:23-33: 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (NIV)

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