I apologize for not posting any blog entries last week. I was out of town over the weekend and did not have time to write.
While I was out of town, I visited the Influencers Church, which is affiliated with Hillsong in Australia. What a wonderful experience that was! I planned to share a link to the sermon because the pastor said it would be uploaded to the website, but I cannot find it. The topic of my blog entries for this week come from the lead Pastor Ashley’s sermon on September 30.
His sermon was based upon the well-known story of Jesus walking on the water and inviting Peter to join him (Matt. 14:22-33). This story has always bugged me because Peter had the faith to step out of the boat and onto the water and is the only one of the disciples who actually did walk on the water (albeit briefly), and yet Jesus said, “You of little faith.” What about the lack of faith of the 11 disciples who never climbed out of the boat or even tried? Doesn’t Peter get some sort of credit for having the faith to step out of the boat? And if Peter had “little faith” when he stepped out of a boat onto water and walked on it briefly, what hope do I have of ever being a woman of great faith?
Pastor Ashley had a unique perspective on this story that I had never heard before, and I think he got it right. Perhaps Jesus was not referring to the size of Peter’s faith in stepping out of the boat when he said Peter had “little faith.” After all, it took great faith to step out of the boat. Instead, might Jesus have been referring to the duration of Peter’s faith? More thoughts on that perspective in my next blog entry.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace shrugging behind the word, “Why?” Courtesy Bitmoji.]