Sermon Notes 2020 08 02 PM

August 02, 2020 PM
Dr. Michael Catt
#1979 (#7 in series)

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APPROACHABLE: Why Did You Doubt?
Matthew 14:22-32

“Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts; do not make the mistake of doubting your beliefs and believing your doubts.” – Charles Deems

• Storms are _______________________________________.

• Some folks _____________________________ in the storm.

• Some lessons _____________________________ in storms.

I. IT’S NOT HOW YOU START, IT’S HOW YOU FINISH

“Peter and the other disciples returned from their first mission trip exhausted but excited. The enormous pressures of ministry and the emotional intensity of the experience were such that Jesus decided the Twelve needed a break. There were also some troubling signs in the attitudes of the disciples. They talked incessantly about demons succumbing to their orders and people being healed. Nothing wrong with that, but they seemed to be excited about it happening through them. They were in danger of being eager for ministry because of the way it reflected positively on themselves rather than being thrilled that people were being blessed and God was being glorified. It’s a trap. Jesus knew it, and He decided the men needed a break. Reflection time.”
– Stuart Briscoe

II. IN THE STORM, YOU CAN BE DISTRACTED

Peter was distracted by his circumstances.

Peter was paralyzed by fear.

Peter took his eyes off Jesus.

III. IN THE STORM, YOU MUST NOT DOUBT