Try and Trust
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 86:11, Matthew 14:22–14:33,
A three-week message series to challenge us to engage wholeheartedly with the Lord and the mission of His church, rather than just sit passively on the sidelines watching life go by.
Our Mission at Hopevale Church
We are a community of grace and truth inviting people to know and follow Jesus.
A Changed Life is an Engaged Life
(1) Engage with God.
(2) Engage with His Church.
(3) Engage with His Mission.
Assessing the Heart
The heart is that special, sacred, and spiritual place within you that is the source of your love. The heart determines who or what we engage with.
Four Types of Hearts
1. A Detached Heart
2. A Distracted Heart
3. A Divided Heart
4. A Devoted Heart
Psalm 86:11 NIV
11 Teach me your way, Lord,that I may rely on your faithfulness;give me an undivided heart,that I may fear your name.
Three Weeks. Three Steps.
Week one of our "Engage" series pointed us to where God wants to lead us in the future, both personally and for our church.
Week two (last week) made us look inward to honestly assess where we are in the present and to act accordingly on what we see so that we can pursue a devoted heart.
Today (week three) then forces us to ask the question: What are the steps we need to take in order to get to where God's wants us to be?
Today's Bottom Line
I want everyone here to try something new and challenge this upcoming ministry year and to trust Jesus in the process.
Matthew 14:22-33 NIV
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.”
Getting Out of the Boat
In his book, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of The Boat, ” Pastor and Christian author John Ortberg says that: “There is a consistent pattern in Scripture of what happens in a life that God wants to use and improve:
1. There is always a call.
2. There is always fear.
3. There is always reassurance.
4. There is always a decision.
5. There is always a changed life (for better or worse based on our choice)
God's Commitment to our Growth
God loves us just the way us are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. "Try and trust" is His pattern for our growth and for our good.
Your "New and Challenging" Thing
Where does God want you to try and to trust in the weeks and months to come? Some of you already know what that is. For the rest of us, it probably has to do with living more fully engaged in one of these three ways:
1. Engage with God
2. Engage with His Church
3. Engage with His Mission
As you try and trust, look to the Lord and seek His strength ("Lord, Fill me with faith. Free me from fear."). God will answer your prayer. He will grow your faith. And He will not only change you in the process but He’ll also use you to help change the world.
Try something new and challenging this upcoming ministry year—and trust Jesus in the process.
1. Where do you land when it comes to taking risks? Choose one and share a recent example.
* I’ll try anything once!
* I stay as far away from the edge as possible.
* I’m somewhere between risk-taker and risk-avoider.
2. Read Matthew 14:22-33. Where do you think Peter fits on the risk-taker to risk-avoider spectrum? What was he thinking anyway?! Why do you think Peter would ask Jesus to tell him to come to Him on the water?
3. Peter shows us that, when we focus on our circumstances, our trust in the Lord wavers and we begin to sink. Think of a time that happened to you. Why do we struggle with this?
4. Pastor Dan said one way to strengthen our trust in God is to remember what He has done for us in the past—how He provided, how He protected, how He guided or encouraged. Share an example.
5. What do you think God might want you to try—and trust? What would be a stretch of faith and out of your comfort zone? What is your step of faith this year?
* Pray out loud
* Read the Bible on my own
* Deal with what is holding me/us back personally and spiritually
* Join a Community Group
* Serve others in the church by ______________________________
* Serve others in the community by ___________________________