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 play. When 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.

Small Group or Individual 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?
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  1. Deborah Hogenmiller January 12, 2021 at 9:04 am - Reply

    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…

    • Brad Gray February 10, 2021 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      So great to hear, Deborah! I trust that study has gone well for you.

  2. Chris Nelson October 5, 2022 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Brad !
    Another home run regarding Jesus believing in me more than I believe in myself.
    I say home run as it challenged me in an uncomfortable manner and not all roses and frill.
    Seems like good Bible exposition like this bolster you to rise above where you are.

    Thanks for your zeal and enthusiasm Brother !
    Chris Nelson

    (We met in Billings when you were breaking Vases on stage. Faith Chapel lol. 2022).
    Peace to you and the Fam. ✝️❤️

    • Brad Gray October 6, 2022 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Appreciate you sharing this, Chris. It’s a teaching that challenges me as well 🙂

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