Find a comfy place in your home to gather together as a family. Grab some snacks, grab your Bible, and get ready to make a moment of it!
Start off by having each person take a turn discussing the following prompt:
“What makes a person strong?”
Let’s get into a time of worship! Take a moment to stand/ stretch and then go ahead and play some worship music in your home. Have fun with it! Raise your hands, jump, close your eyes – engage in the worship moment as a family. It is special.
“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding.”
READ Matthew 14:22-36
In our Bible study today, we’ll see how one of Jesus’ disciples “stepped out” in faith!
The Sea of Galilee is known for its sudden, violent storms. The surface of the Sea of Galilee is 680 feet below sea level, surrounded by steep cliffs and hills. The air over this body of water, heated by the sun, rises. As it rises, the cool air rushes down the hills and across the water with great force, causing extremely dangerous storms.
One such storm is central to today’s lesson.
Jesus had just finished feeding the five thousand. After He sent the disciples across the Sea of Galilee in their boat, He went back up onto the mountainside to pray. While the disciples’ boat was far from the shore, the strong wind caused the waves to pound against it.
Let's watch the video below!
Summary: Peter had strong faith when he stepped out of the boat, but it weakened when he saw the waves. Like Peter we all need to exercise our faith muscles to have the strong faith Jesus wants us to have.
God’s power allows us to do anything and everything we do. Peter started to sink when he took His eyes off Jesus.
In our lives, we start to “sink” spiritually if we put our trust in ourselves. If we think we can do things on our own, we will fail. But when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we can know that we will be safe. He has promised to protect and provide for us. When we pray, and read our Bibles, and go to church, and remember that God is near, we can take hope in His presence and power. I can swim much easier with a helper tool, and we can live much easier with Jesus to guide us… Jesus will keep us afloat!
How much did you have to trust the person catching you if you were doing the trust fall? If you “took the fall” must have had at least a little trust to start the process. Those who allowed themselves to fall all the way must really have trusted the person who caught them.
What makes it hard to trust someone else? If the person has failed or hurt you before, it can be hard to trust again; if you don’t think the person is really able to do what it takes to help; if you’re not sure the person really knows what he’s doing, etc.
How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus? (They were scared because they thought Jesus was a ghost.)
What did Jesus say to help them with their fear? (He told them that it was Him walking toward them and not to be afraid.)
What does Peter’s statement to Jesus tell you about him? (Peter seemed to display more courage than the others. He was ready to believe it was Jesus and go meet Him.)
What do you think Peter needed when he walked on the water? (Peter demonstrated great faith in just stepping out of the boat.)
Why did he begin to sink? (Peter quickly realized that people “can’t” walk on the water, and he replaced his faith with paralyzing fear.)
You did it! You just took a deep dive into God’s Word – together! Let’s take time now to talk to God.
Ask your child to share things they’d like to pray about.
Write down their prayer requests and then pray together over each request.
Thank you for the ways You strengthen our faith.
Teach us to be humble and always submit to you. We love you!
In Jesus' Name