Bible Stories for Adults

Jesus Walks on Water

Matthew 14:22-33

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet (John 13:1-20)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. John 14:1

Opening Prayer

A Lesson for Jesus' Disciples (John 20:27-31)
    Who did the followers of Jesus think He was?
      Luke 24:19, 21
    How did people who had looked to Jesus as the Messiah feel when He died?
      Luke 23:48
    Did the apostles share this feeling or did they trust in Jesus' promise to return?
      John 20:19

    How readily did they accept the fact that Jesus had risen as He had said?
      Mark 16:9-14
    What lesson had the apostles missed despite their years with Jesus?
      John 20:27-29
    How are we, 2000 years later, able to see Jesus as our Messiah?
      John 20:30-31
    Today's lesson, Jesus Walks on Water, shows both faith and doubt in action

A Year Earlier (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29)
    What had happened about a year before Jesus was arrested?
      Matthew 14:3-5
    How seriously did Herod want to have John killed?
      Mark 6:19-20

    How did Herodias get an opportunity to get revenge on John?
      Mark 6:21-23
    For what did the daughter ask?
      Mark 6:24-25
    Did Herod try to change her mind?
      Mark 6:26-28

    What did Herod think when he later heard of another prophet?
      Matthew 14:1-2
    How did Herod react when he actually met this second prophet a year later?
      Luke 23:8-11

Jesus Hears of John's Death (Matthew 14:12-13; Mark 6:31-32)
    How quickly did news spread of John's death?
      Matthew 14:12
    How did Jesus react to this sad news?
      Matthew 14:13a
    Did Jesus go off by Himself?
      Mark 6:31-32

No Rest For the Weary (Matthew 14:14-16; Mark 6:33-36)
    How relaxing was it for Jesus when they arrived at this solitary place?
      Mark 6:33-34
    How were the apostles able to allow their leader to be pushed beyond exhaustion?
      Mark 6:35-36
    How did Jesus respond to this opportunity to rest and mourn John's death?
      Matthew 14:16

Impromptu Catering Service (Matthew 14:17-21; Mark 6:37-44)
    What did the apostles think of Jesus' command to feed this huge crowd?
      Mark 6:37
    How did Jesus show them that all it took was a little faith?
      Mark 6:38-43
    How large was this crowd?
      Matthew 14:21

Insights From John (John 6:1-13)
    When did this happen?
      John 6:4
    Had Jesus known that He was going to do this miracle?
      John 6:5-6
    What kind of loaves were used and where did they come from?
      John 6:8-9

    What lesson was Jesus teaching that Paul later learned?
      2 Corinthians 12:9-10
    What other lesson did Jesus have that He explained to the same crowd the next day?
      John 6:25-27, 30-35
    What other food was given by Jesus to these followers?
      John 6:11

Finally Some Rest (Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-46)
    How were Jesus' tired disciples finally successful in getting away from the crowd?
      Mark 6:45
    Was Jesus able to get any kind of rest Himself?
      Mark 6:46

    Was there another reason Jesus went up on the mountain by Himself?
      John 6:14-15
    Why would Jesus resist this desire of the people?
      Matthew 4:8-10

"A Three Hour Cruise" (Mark 6:47-48)
    After a tiring day, how relaxing was the 7 mile sailing trip across the lake?
      Mark 6:47-48a
    Did this storm help Jesus beat them by land to the other side?
      Mark 6:48b
    How relieved were the apostles when they saw Jesus coming to help them?
      Matthew 14:26

The Peace of God (Mark 6:49-50)
    Which of the apostles saw this ghost and how did Jesus comfort them?
      Mark 6:49-50
    Does this remind you of another story that also showed the apostles' superstitious doubts?
      Luke 24:36-39

    What is significant about the way Jesus identified Himself in these two stories?
      Exodus 3:13-14
    How did Jews respond when Jesus later made this statement in public?
      John 8:58-59

Stepping Out in Faith (Matthew 14:28-31)
    How did Peter reveal his eager faith when he realized it was Jesus and not a ghost?
      Matthew 14:28
    Did Peter follow through in faith when Jesus gave him the command?
      Matthew 14:29
    What happened the instant Peter turned his eyes from Jesus and focused on himself?
      Matthew 14:30
    How did Jesus respond to Peter's cry for help?
      Matthew 14:31

O, Ye of Little Faith (Matthew 14:31)
    Jesus says these words three other times. What were the circumstances then?
      Matthew 6:28-31
      Matthew 8:23-26
      Matthew 16:5-10
    What message is Jesus giving in all four situations?
      Matthew 6:33

Two More Miracles (Matthew 14:32-33)
    What third miracle happened in this story (after Jesus and Peter walking on the water)?
      Matthew 14:32
    How did the apostles respond to these amazing miracles?
      Matthew 14:33
    What fourth miracle then happened?
      John 6:21

A Place of Rest (Matthew 11:28)
    After an exhausting night, were Jesus and the apostles finally able to get some rest?
      Mark 6:54-56
    Where were the apostles able to find rest?
      Matthew 11:28

Closing Prayer

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