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Matthew 14:22-36

Jesus Walks on the Water

How do you distinguish between courage and foolishness? Does God honor courage?


Jesus Walks on the Sea Jesus Walks on the Sea

The miraculous feeding of the 5000 occurred on the shore of the Sea of Galilee near Bethsaida. Jesus then sent his disciples across the lake. Several hours later they encountered a storm, and Jesus came to them - walking on the water. The boat then landed at Gennesaret.
I. Jesus walks on water

Why do you think Jesus sent the disciples ahead while he went off to pray? (John 6:15-17)

Describe the disciples' experience in the boat before they saw Jesus. (John 6:18-19)

How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus? Why?

Why do you think Jesus went to the disciples in this manner?
IMMEDIATELY JESUS MADE THE DISCIPLES GET INTO the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Matthew 14:22-27, NIV
II. Peter walks on water

What do you think Peter was feeling when he called out to Jesus from the boat?

What enabled Peter to walk on the water? What caused him to sink?

What do Jesus' words to Peter after his rescue tell us?

How did the other disciples respond to what they had witnessed?
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." Matthew 14:28-33, NIV
III. Miracles at Gennesaret

How did the people of Gennesaret respond when they recognized Jesus?

What had the people learned about Jesus? What had they missed?
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. Matthew 14:34-36, NIV


What purpose should you have for spending time alone with God?

How well do you perform in crisis situations? How does your relationship with God affect this?

Why does God sometimes allow you to struggle without him?

When God shows himself, is it reassuring or frightening? Explain.

On what should you focus when you are in a difficult situation? Why?

Name a situation in which God wants you to trust him. How can you demonstrate your faith rather than your doubt?

Is it okay for a Christian to have fears? What should you do when you are afraid?

When do you experience a sense of worshipful awe toward God?

What specific needs in your life can you confidently bring to Christ?

Are you more interested in what Jesus can do for you, or what he wants to do in and through you?


Study John 6:60-71, Matthew 15:10-20, Many Disciples Desert Jesus.

Dave Bowser

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