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Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Teacher: Craig Culbreth Series: Dropping the Ball Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33


October 11, 2015



In this sermon series called, "Dropping the Ball," we'll look at people in the Bible who had major callings from God on their lives, but at some point along the way, they dropped the ball.  We'll be looking at Moses, Jonah, Samson, David and Peter.

Today, we’re looking at Peter, specifically in Matthew 14:22-33.



Failure Is Possible For Anyone

Matthew 14:22-30
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 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!”

People are not perfect V.28
People shift priorities V.30



Failure Brings Problems

Matthew 14:30-31
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?”

We see Doubt
We see Defeat
We see Difficulties
We see Deception



Failure Brings Us New Possibilities

Matthew 14:32-33

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.”

Goodness of God
  - Acceptance
  - Achievement
Grace of God
Greatness of God



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