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Worship Series - "Going Deeper"

This Sunday:  April 13 - Doubt

April 20 - Freedom - Easter Sunday, service times 8:30, 10 and 11:30!



April 27 - Passion

May 4 - Purpose

May 11 - Practicing being Present (Mother's Day!)

May 18 - Possibility

May 25 - Power


Order of Worship

Welcome, Singing & Prayer

Children’s Time


9am Simon Billeter

11am Dylan Jarvis; Colton Wilman; Kinsley Wilman

Announcements & Offering

Message: “Breaking Free”  …  Jamie Holtom

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-36

Drama: “No Doubt”

Special Song: “To Know You”

Prayer for Easter Weekend

Closing Song & God Blesses Us








Scripture: Matthew 14:22-36 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.”






April 13, 2014

Warm Up:

Do you see doubt as a good or bad thing? In what ways has doubt helped you grow in your relationship with God and in what ways has it hindered that relationship?


Diving In:

1) Which do you think is more relevant when talking about "doubt"? Doubt in ourselves or doubt in God? And how do these two things connect?


2) Read Matthew:22-36, the story of Peter joining Jesus in walking on the water, and take a moment to reflect on role of self doubt vs doubt in what God can do...what else strikes you from this passage/story on how doubt can be overcome?


3) When it comes to self doubt in what ways does fear impact our ability to trust God? And when you consider that the word "believe" in scripture generally means "to trust or rely on" how can the power of God change our self doubt?


4) In his book "Following Jesus", NT Wright has a chapter called "The God Who Raises the Dead". He offers this idea that recognizing God's power and a focus on that can take us beyond our fears. What do you find helpful from this quote:


“The resurrection of Jesus issues the surprising command: don’t be afraid: because the God who made the world is the God who raised Jesus from the dead, and calls you now to follow him. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus points us to the God who was responsible for this. Believing in this God means believing that it is going to be all right; and this belief is, ultimately, incompatible with fear.”


5) Often one of the ways we doubt God is due to the reality of suffering in the world and even in our own lives. How can God allow "that" to be or "that" to happen? In Luke 22:39-46, after praying and asking God "to remove this cup" the very next thing that happens is it says "Immediately an angel from heaven appeared, strengthening him". The fact is Jesus doesn't get an answer but rather is given strength from God. How does this reflect your reality and how does it free us from these kinds of doubts?


Take Home:

As we prepare for Easter take some time to look for the reality of doubt in the Easter story and the way God rises above and through that.

Also, be open to a conversation this week where you trust God enough to allow someone to share their doubts...



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