Thoughts and questions, 17 May 2020
The disciples have just experienced the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and get into the boat without Jesus (v16-17).
- What sort of things do you imagine they were talking about?
- If you were there, what would be your main point of conversation?
- What, do you think, it would feel like to be part of a miracle?
- Have you ever seen or been part of a miracle yourself?
The disciples then see Jesus walking on the water of the lake. They think they see a ghost until He speaks to them (v19-20).
- In Matthew’s telling of this story Peter asks permission to walk on the water also (Matthew 14:28). Why do you think he said this?
- What do you think would have been the other disciples’ thoughts as Peter stood up and moved to the side of the boat?
- I suggest in my sermon that ‘step ping out’, as Peter did, is moving into the realm of the miraculous (rather than just leaving our comfort zone). Do you agree?
- In a way all intercessory prayer is asking for a miracle. What answers to prayer have you been made aware of?
I realise that we could argue that if we haven’t been called to step out we shouldn’t. If the other disciples had tried without seeking Jesus’ agreement they could have sunk straight away.
- Peter stepped out with confidence having got permission. Does this suggest the other disciples didn’t have faith for that?
- What can we learn from the story of Peter here?
- So, what does it mean for you to step out?