8.13.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes

Two Strolls on a Furious Lake
Matthew 14:22-33
Pastor John Sloan

Introduction: The term “storm” has become a metaphor for difficult times in our lives. And rightly so. When tragedy strikes it can feel like we’re being tossed around, beaten by the waves of change, and nearly submerged by unexpected pain. When a literal storm hit his earliest disciples and rendered them dirty, drenched, and despondent, Jesus showed up in a way they never imagined, revealing more about the Savior than the anxious sailors.




Questions for Discussion & Discovery

1. What is the significance of the timing of Jesus’ prayer (in verse 23)?

2. When you read about Jesus walking on water, are you ever skeptical? Do you ever wonder if this event really happened? What reassures your heart when you doubt?

3. What was it that prompted Peter’s feet to begin to sink (see verse 30a)? What distractions or other foci cause you to take your eyes of Jesus?

4. “Jesus saves before he scolds” (Bruner). What does this statement mean? How can you attest to its validity in your own life?

5. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ presence (verse 33)? Why does this matter?

Sermon Slides

1. Read Matthew 14:22-27.

2. “They understood Jesus miraculously broke the loaves so hungry people would be satisfied. They didn’t understand that Jesus Himself was the bread of life and He Himself must be broken so hungry souls would be satisfied. They understood Jesus had power, but didn’t understand He was power. They understood Jesus was from God, but didn’t understand Jesus Himself was God.”

3. Read Matthew 14:27.

4. 01. The Lord stands with us in our trials and sustains us by his comforting presence.

5. Read Matthew 14:28-30.

6. “By Peter’s example, believers are taught to beware of over-much rashness … of transgressing … limits.” – John Calvin

“His trust, whence was it? Not from anything of his own; but from what was the Lord’s.” – Augustine

8. 02. Anytime we focus on the world around us or rely on our own perceived abilities, and we lost sight of Jesus, fear and anxiety will overtake us.

9. Look at Matthew 14:31-33.

10. 03. Jesus supernaturally rescues before he makes demands.

11. “Faith—the way Jesus wants us to relate to him, important as it is, is not the theme of this story. Jesus’ salvation of even weak-in-faith disciples is.”

8.6.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

8.6.2017 Sermon Notes Wilderness Feast Matthew 14:13-21 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: “Are you sitting down?” This is the question typically asked by the bearer of really bad news. There’s an understanding that the reception of calamitous information can have a physical and emotional impact on the hearer. Well, when Jesus heard about the death of… Continue Reading

7.30.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Behind the Scenes at a Beheading Matthew 14:1-12 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Anger. It is one of the most powerful and vitriolic of emotions. It causes brawls in the bedroom and fights in the middle of the street (hence the well-worn phrase, “road rage”). Unbridled, it can even lead to murder. What is striking about… Continue Reading

7.2.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Words to Christian Gardeners Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Pastor Brent Whitefield Introduction: Christ employs yet another agricultural parable to assert his Lordship over both salvation and judgment. The work of the Divine Gardener at the end of the age, not our efforts to “make the world a better place,” will purify the kingdom and… Continue Reading

6.25.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Purpose of the Parables Matthew 13:10-17 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: We are surrounded with so-called mysteries. It seems that nightly there are a half-dozen shows devoted to dealing with the inexplicable and unknown. But a mystery in biblical language is something entirely different: it is a truth that’s out in the open… Continue Reading

6.18.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

SermonNotes Mixed Produce Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: The kingdom of heaven is too complex, too glorious to be described in a single definition. Consequently, Jesus sheds light on this realm through a series of stories, or parables. And Jesus is not simply talking about or illustrating the kingdom. By his miracles and… Continue Reading

6.11.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes 1. How much can a relationship be affected by good or bad communication? If our communication with God breaks down, in what ways can this affect our relationship with him? 2. Think of a verse or passage from Scripture that God used to tell you something personally. How would you respond to God… Continue Reading

6.4.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Secret Sins (and the Wounds That Cleanse Them) Proverbs 20:9-30 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: In literature, a rhetorical question is one that is asked where the answer is self-evident. It’s the same way when such questions appear in the Bible. When Solomon, the great wise one, asks, “Who can say, ‘I have made… Continue Reading

5.28.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Closer Than a Brother Proverbs 18 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Americans are the loneliest people in the world. Thus revealed a study in one of our country’s most trusted journals. But what’s the source of the problem? Is it Facebook, as some contend, and the freedom it affords to have connectivity without intimacy?… Continue Reading

5.7.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Rewards of Righteousness Proverbs 11:1-10 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: “And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). Because God loves us, he wants us to thrive. And as our Creator, he has the wisdom to know how we should live and what actions usher in the greatest delight. Consequently, his commands… Continue Reading