Mat 14:22-33. 27 “Take heart … have no fear.” 29 “Come.” 

Imperative: Mat 14:22-33. 27 “Take heart … have no fear.” 29 “Come.” 

Context: Mat 14:22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

Mat 14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

Mat 14:24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.

Mat 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

Mat 14:26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

Mat 14:27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”

Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”

Mat 14:29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;

Mat 14:30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

Mat 14:31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Mat 14:32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Mat 14:33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


Mat 14:27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.
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Take courage
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Mat 14:28  And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”
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Mat 14:29  He said, “Come.”
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and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.
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S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?

What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

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