Our Biblical Story

On Sunday, February 15, we “unveiled” the story we chose to represent our church at this juncture. It is found in Matthew 14:22-33 – the story of Jesus in the storm, walking on the water.

During the unveiling, Stephanie Stockhouse shared:

Even when we obey God, it’s not a matter “if” storms will come, but “when.” As we can see in scripture, the disciples were obeying Jesus when they got in the boat to go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and experienced a storm. Likewise, we will face storms in our lives. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have troubles….”

BUT – there is good news! Jesus promises to meet us in our storms. Just as He did when He walked towards the disciples in the boat Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, take courage. I am here!” The Bible is full of references to God promising to be with His people during times of trial or fear. “In this world you will have many troubles, but be of good cheer (don’t be afraid), I have overcome the world.” – Jesus, John 16:33

Sometimes God enables us to do amazing things, but we will fall if we take our eyes off Him and get distracted. Peter started to walk towards Jesus on the water, was distracted by the high waves, and started to sink.

“Run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.” Hebrews 12:1,2

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Paul, Philippians 4:8

Even when we fail, Jesus doesn’t leave us. When Peter cried out to Jesus, He lifted him up and they walked back to the boat together.

“…Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Jesus, Matthew 28:20

“So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep doing what is right, and trust yourself to

the God who made you, for he will never fail you.” Peter, 1 Peter 4:19

Our belief is strengthened when we have a personal experience with Jesus. The disciples experienced the storm immediately stopping, all became calm the moment Jesus got into the boat with the disciples, the disciples then recognized that Jesus was the Son of God, and worshiped Him.

Just as Peter pursued Jesus in a way nobody ever had, we want to “Pursue Christ and His Priorities in the World”.

Thank you to all the Bible story participants! We plan to repeat this process in about a year or so to talk about other options. If you are interested in joining us, please do!