Faith can be a challenging virtue to live out, especially when it comes to taking risks. It can be all too easy to confuse a faith-filled risk with sheer stubbornness, leading to negative consequences rather than spiritual growth. However, the Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. This is why it’s so important to understand what a faith-filled risk truly entails. Essentially, it involves exposing oneself to potential harm, but only for the glory of God. Today, Reverend Mark Trinkl will be teaching on this very topic, focusing on the rewards of such risks as found in Matthew 14:22-33. Join us as we delve deeper into what it truly means to take a faith-filled risk.
The Rewards Of Faith Filled Risks
The Passage: Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”