Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Wednesday Night Recap -

Tonight i'm preaching on a topic that will cover what it takes to live for God in today's time. Here is a glimps of my message.

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Getting out of the Boat
Mark 6: 45-56

we all have circumstances in our lives that keep us from doing what we should do, living the way we should live or just getting out of our comfort zone….

Fear of Roller Costars
Universal Studios has established the first theme park program for “public stress management.” The workers pick those fearful right out of the coaster line and use simulations, breathing techniques and soothing music to confront the phobia. The phobic rehearse the ride by swaying along with a “coaster-cam” video where they can scream with abandon. Then they are moved to the “calming zone” where there is a water fountain and a rainforest CD playing.

The Question is did I have Faith and Confidence in the creator of the machine? Listen I can try to psych myself up for taking a chance and believing everything will turn out okay. But the real question is, Is there somebody piloting this thing?

Mark 6 45-56
45Immediately after this, Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and head out across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. 46Afterward he went up into the hills by himself to pray. 47During the night, the disciples were in their boat out in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o'clock in the morning* he came to them, walking on the water. He started to go past them, 49but when they saw him walking on the water, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. "It's all right," he said. "I am here! Don't be afraid." 51Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were astonished at what they saw. 52They still didn't understand the significance of the miracle of the multiplied loaves, for their hearts were hard and they did not believe. 53When they arrived at Gennesaret on the other side of the lake, they anchored the boat 54and climbed out. The people standing there recognized him at once, 55and they ran throughout the whole area and began carrying sick people to him on mats. 56Wherever he went--in villages and cities and out on the farms--they laid the sick in the market plazas and streets. The sick begged him to let them at least touch the fringe of his robe, and all who touched it were healed.
What are the 1st Characteristic of having a superhero lifestyle that we can get out of this passage?

I. Recognize God’s Presence.

6:49 “But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost.”
How could they think this well one it is the Fourth watch of the night
What time is that? between 3-6am?

The only thing is He is not in the boat and his disciples did not recognize Him.

Often in the middle of the storm, tormented by waves of disappointment and doubt, we are no better at recognizing His presence than they were.”

6:48 “He was about to pass by them…”
God wanted to do something extraordinary w/ them yet he was waiting to see if they said yes to the calling.

You must not look when it is just covenant for you. Sometime Jesus will come when you least expect it.

Twelve disciples sat in the boat that early mor. We only know how 1 of them responded.

Are you going to be the 1 we know a/b or will you stay in the boat?

II. Make History

This means that before Peter gets out of the boat, he had better make sure Jesus thinks it’s a good idea.

Mt 14:28 “Lord, if it is you tell me to come to you on the water.”
Mt 14:29 “Come!”

When Jesus Commanded…… Peter went!

“Courage alone is not enough it must be accompanied by wisdom and discernment.”

Out of all 12 one of them got it. One of them said Yes. One of them was willing to go all the way w/ Jesus and get out of the boat. One of them wanted to be apart of history’s original water-walk.

III. get out of the boat

You have a sudden insight into what Jesus is doing the Lord is passing by. He’s inviting you to go on the adventure of your life. But at the same time, you’re scared to death. What would you choose-the water or the boat?

The boat is safe, secure, and comfortable.

Following God takes you abandoning yourself and your comfort zone and stepping out on faith by getting out of the boat.

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