August 9, 2020 ~ Stepping Out in Faith

Readings for Sunday, August 9, 2020


Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33


Stepping Out in Faith:

The Bible study sessions this week focused on the gospel passage from Matthew 14:22-33, which narrates Matthew’s account of Jesus’ calming the storm. There are two other accounts of this event are found in Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:15-21, but Matthew is the only one that includes the story of Peter attempting to walk on the water. In including this part of the story, Matthew narrates how Peter steps out in faith and, when he falters, receives the assurance that Jesus will not abandon him, but rather reach out to save him.

This whole encounter on the lake, including Peter’s actions, is one of those moments where the disciples gain some understanding and insight into Jesus’ identity and mission. After witnessing Jesus power to command the elements and to save Peter, the disciples who were in the boat worshipped Jesus and made a mighty confession of faith: “Truly you are the Son of God” (v. 33). The trust and risk of one follower of Jesus has an effect on the whole community of followers.

Source:       Feasting on the Word Curriculum, August 9, 2020, PCUSA

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