Quit Looking at the Waves, August 25 – Sept. 1

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
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Message Outline

 

Quit Looking at the Waves

Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,  but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

 

 

Crazy faith hears Jesus in the storm

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them:

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said

 

 

Crazy faith steps out of the boat and walks to Jesus

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  

 

 

When crazy faith sinks, we cry out to Jesus

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

 

Crazy faith worships Jesus

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

 

 

 

What’s Going On

Care Groups

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If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or you and your children are dealing with the trauma of a divorce/separation, consider one of our care groups. GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids and Boundaries begin on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Register online. Contact Mike Stewart, mstewart@christfellowshiphome.com.

We Have a Group For You

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Life Group leaders will be available today after services to share with you about their groups. If you are not connected in a Life Group yet, now is the time to find the group for you. Use the Connection Guide to learn about the different groups available for you!

Christ Fellowship Ladies:

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Taco Taste-Off

is Sept. 6, 7-9 pm – a friendly taco competition between our Spanish and English speaking ladies. Bring your best recipes and have some fun. Register online.

Women’s Bible Studies

begin Sept. 11 and 12. Studies are available Wednesday mornings and evenings and Thursday evenings. Register online.

Moms Connection

meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Moms of preschool age children fellowship with other moms and mentors, enjoy brunch, hear relevant speakers, and have great discussions. Register online.

Clothe A Child

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Hundreds of children in our community can’t afford new “Back to School” clothes. CAC partners with area churches, local businesses and you to serve and clothe these kids. We still have more than 850 children on the wait list. We are accepting donations now through Sept. 1. Write CAC in the memo line of your check or on your cash envelope. Visit the kiosk today for more information. Contact Lu Mackey, lmackey@christfellowshiphome.

Webb Elementary

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Today’s insert outlines many ways to serve the children and teachers at Webb Elementary. Register online.

Attention Men!

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Beginning Sept. 14, the monthly Men’s Breakfast is moving to the 2nd Saturday of the month. Make plans to join us!

Student Ministries

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We will be kicking off the new semester Aug. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. If you are going to be in grades 6-12 join us on Wednesday nights for Merge and Fuel.

High School Students

come out for a fun night of games, grillin’, worship and a campfire Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5-10 pm at the Hilltop Pavilion at Erwin Park.

CF Job Openings:

Graphic/Video

The Communications team has a part-time job opening. We are looking for an experienced graphic designer/video storyteller. Send your resume to brussell@christfellowshiphome.com.

Paid Childcare Positions

Seeking mature, nurturing, patient people who have a gift and love for children. You will care for children during Bible study groups and special church events. Send your resume to sevans@chrsitfellowshiphome.com.

Lost and Found

Are you missing your Bible? Has your child lost their jacket or have you misplaced your coffee mug? Stop by the Information Center to claim your items.

Parking Next Door

Have you ever heard of missional parking? Well, you can make room for our growing number of guests by parking at Zenith Gymnastics across Orchid Dr. on Sundays. This will open up space for others and this makes you part of the mission!

 

 

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. What is the biggest or scariest step of faith you have ever taken? How did it work out?
  2. Jesus took time to get alone with his Father. How do you spend regular time with God reading the Bible and praying? How could you improve on the practice of engaging God individually?
  3. What does Jesus say to the disciples when they see him walking on the water? How do you need to hear those words in your life storms?
  4. Jesus called Peter to come out of the boat onto the water. How might Jesus be calling you to get out of your boat? If a “boat” represents security, safety or comfort, what is your boat?
  5. What might it look like for you, or any of us, to step out our boat and walk on the water to Jesus? What specific faith-step might Jesus be calling you to right now?
  6. Have you ever been sinking and needed to cry out to Jesus? Share that experience. How did Jesus grab your hand?
  7. The disciples recognized Jesus at a deeper level once he got in the boat and the storm stopped. How have you grown in knowing who Jesus is? How can we get to know Jesus better and worship him more fully?

 

 

Family Discussion Question

  1. What are the similarities in Matthew 14:13 and Matthew 14:23? What was important to Jesus in these verses? How is your personal time with God? What do you have to change to make this time a priority?
  2. What’s the most interesting thing about this story to you?
  3. Did the disciples recognize Jesus? Who did they think He was? What was their reaction? How would you have responded? What was Jesus’ response?
  4. What fears are you facing right now? How does Jesus’ response in verse 27 comfort you?
  5. How did Peter respond? What did Jesus say? What is the promise associated with Jesus’ call to come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30 and John 3:16)?
  6. What happened when Peter took his eyes off Jesus? What was he focused on when he began to doubt Jesus’ call to faithfully follow Him? What things are “buffeting” you and taking your attention from Jesus’ call to faith? What circumstance, trial, opportunity, decision or relationship do you need to pursue in faith today?
  7. What happened to the storm when they climbed into the boat? Read Philippians 4:6-7. What promise does God give us in the “storms of life” when we keep our eyes focused on Him?

 

Giving

Giving Year-To-Date

Week 7 of 53

Projected: $425,585

Actual: $406,749

Variance: ($18,835)

 

Where do our gifts go? christfellowshipeldorado.com/financials

 

 

 

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