Worth the Risk

Student Ministries Pastor Jon Kelly brings a message this week titled “Worth the Risk” from Matthew 14:22-33.

Matthew 14:22-33 (NLT)

“Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.”

Some risks are worth taking.

  • What boat are you in right now?
  • What are your current distractions?
  • Are you causing others to sink or swim?

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever tried?
  • What made you want to try it?
  • How is doing the right thing sometimes risky?
  • What is one good risk you could take this week at school? At home?

The Contrite Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “The Contrite Heart”, based on Psalm 51:17.

Psalm 51:17 (ESV)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

We need contrition-capable hearts.

  • A contrite heart feels remorse over wrongdoing.
  • A contrite heart knows its sin.
  • A contrite heart has abandoned pride.
  • A contrite heart is determined to turn from sin.
  • A contrite heart is desperate before God.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • When we do something wrong, why do we feel bad?
  • Is there something you do often which gets you in trouble?
  • Why do we feel better when we’ve confessed our sins?
  • What is one thing you can work hard on this week to not do?

The Seeking Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “The Seeking Heart”, based on Deuteronomy 4:29 and Joshua 24:23.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV)

But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Joshua 24:23 (ESV)

He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.”

Set your heart to seek the Lord.

  • Seek Him if you are lost.
  • Seek Him for deliverance from your enemies.
  • Seek Him to share in His kingdom’s work.
  • Seek Him for Joy in His presence.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s the most valuable thing you’ve ever lost? How long did you look for it?
  • What made you want to look for it?
  • Why would you “look” for God?
  • What might keep us from “finding” God?

An Obedient Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “An Obedient Heart”, based on Deuteronomy 26:16.

Deuteronomy 26:16 (ESV)

“This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.

We must have an obedient heart.

Seven Qualities of an obedient heart:

  1. Fully obedient
  2. Carefully obedient
  3. Unrelentingly obedient
  4. Wisely obedient
  5. Dependently obedient
  6. Lovingly obedient
  7. Blessedly Obedient

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does obedience look like?
  • How do you decide who to obey?
  • Is there ever a time not to obey?
  • How can you show obedience today?