Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Series: Transformation – 50 Days of Expectation
Scripture Reference: The Gospel of Matthew
Focus Verse: Matthew 14:27
Today’s Discussion: “Don’t Be Afraid”
There are a number of folks that present themselves as being strong in the Lord. Unfortunately, their strength is contingent upon what’s going on in their lives at that moment. Apropos the strength to which the Apostle Paul is referring is not subject to our situation or circumstance. (Reference: Ephesians 6:10)
The lesson aim is to encourage the believer to lean on the everlasting arms of Jesus. More importantly, believers are expected to walk as the Apostle Paul encouraged young Timothy to walk: “in power, love, and a sound mind”. (Reference: II Timothy 1:7)
There are three accounts recorded of the disciples’ experience with this mysterious spirit moving across the face of the water. (Reference: Mark 6:50, John 6:19-20) Surprisingly, the disciples are not certain that the ghostly figure they see moving is Jesus.
The text denotes the urgency for Jesus to respond to their concern.
- “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid”. KJV
- “But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage. I am here!" NLT
- “But Jesus was quick to comfort them. "Courage, it's me. Don't be afraid." MSG
[QUESTION: How can anyone that’s been with Jesus not know who HE is?]