Episode 120 – Rabbis and Disciples Pt 4: Walking On Water

Key Passage(s): Matthew 14:22-31

Jesus walking on water is one of the best-known stories in the entire Bible. But we often miss the point because we fail to see the discipleship component at playWhen we see it, we learn that the story has less to do with Jesus walking on water and more to do with Peter’s actions and Jesus’s response. But the story isn’t just about Peter. It’s about you and me, and all of the ways we doubt ourselves. By the end of this episode, you’ll have deeper confidence because you’ll know God is with you. You’ll be more willing to face your fears and take holy risks because you know God believes in you. And you’ll grow in your trust that God won’t call you to something and then fail to equip you for it.  

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • What goes through your mind when you hear that God believes in you more than you believe in yourself? 
  • What are one or two ways God has met you in the place of your deepest fear in your life? 
  • Who is a person that really believed in you, and how did their belief in you make a huge difference in your life? 
  • Where are you doubting yourself right now? 
  • In what way(s), is God inviting you to get out of the boat? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

For Further Study


  1. Hi Brad!
    I’ve been watching “Walking the Text” for a while now, and I have learned so much. Today’s teaching hit home. Central is currently doing a series on 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, which is truly needed with all that is going on in our nation, and our individual lives as well. As Christians, we need this preparation, so to supplement the sermons I have been asked to lead a women’s Bible study on The Armor of God using Priscilla Shirer’s workbook with the same title. I was honored to be asked to do this, but the last time I did any “biblical” teaching was when I was 18 years old and had an 11-12 year old Sunday school class. To say that I’m a bit intimidated by this is an understatement! However, I have accepted the challenge and have been digging in to my Bible and various other materials in preparation. (By the way, feel free to offer any resources that will help).
    Did I have doubts about doing this? You betcha! Your teaching about walking on water was so encouraging. I have been in prayer about this and I know God is going to guide me, and also my group of ladies, through all of this. You confirmed that today. Thank you.
    The study starts next Tuesday morning, and I am excited about this next great adventure.
    That said, I better get out of the boat and get going…

  2. Took me years to realize that when I “Got saved” that that act entered me into the covenant of the full law or teachings and instructions of YEHOVAH. Thank you Ray Vander Laan!
    Later I learned that Jesus (TORAH, GOD, EMMANUEL IN THEFLESH and not a separate entity, better than HIs Father-(thanks to Maricon and Constantine)only “fulfilled” (ended?) all the blood ordinances and not end the rest of those laws, about 60 blood ordinances?
    I also realized that the world was at Mt Sinai because there were “strangers-gentiles” receiving the law also, so even the world is assigned the law from that moment on as it was the Formal presentation of the Laws to nations.
    When all things are done with YEHOVAH we see that all the Nations come to the Jews in Israel to hear, do, and learn the Laws that exist at that point so we will all be behaving like Jews then, so get over it!
    Nehemiah Gordon as thousands of manuscripts with the full name of YHWY -YEHOVAH now with jots and tittles even in an early KJ Bible fronts piece!
    So when I go back and re-read those horrible laws, that we’ll be under when all is said and done, I learn when I sin and when I do not and I find out what “works” are considered righteous or not from the Father. What a relief!

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