Walking on Water

This past weekend at Eastbrook, Pastor Femi Ibitoye continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, by looking at the eye-popping story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-36.

This message is part of the sixth part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom.”

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:33)

We cannot know God unless he reveals himself to us.

WHO IS JESUS IN THIS PASSAGE?

  • Jesus is the Son of Man.  (Matthew 14:23) He is a human being like us.  He depended completely on God.  Because he is human, he understand and sympathizes with our weakness.  He is the New Moses,  the great high priest. (Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 4:15)
  • Jesus is Lord.  (Matthew 14:25) Jesus is Lord over the seas and waves. He walks on water.  He is Lord over nature.  (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 29:2-3, Philippians 2:9-11). 
  • Jesus is the great “I AM (Matthew 14:27). Jesus’ self-revelation shows the source of his power.  Jesus is not a ghost, He is alive. (Job 9:8, Psalm 89:9, Revelation 1:17b-18)
  • Jesus is our Creator.  (Matthew 14:28-29). Jesus is so powerful that he can make ordinary men walk on water (Colossians 1:15-17).  He sustains us by his mighty hand. Defies gravity, science, logic and common sense.
  • Jesus is our Savior.  (Matthew 14:30). Jesus saves Peter from sinking.  He saves us too from sin and death.  Jesus’ name means, “Yahweh saves”.  
  • Jesus is the Son of God.  (Matthew 14:33).  Jesus is God.  Only God is to be worshipped. Jesus is worthy of our worship and praise.  (Psalm 96:9, Revelation 5:13-14)
  • Jesus is our Healer. (Matthew 14:34-36). All healing is because of Jesus.  Medical healing, physical healing, emotional healing, relational healing, spiritual healing are all because of Jesus.  (Psalm 30:2, Isaiah 53:5, Jeremiah 17:4)

Making it real

  • Worship Jesus
  • Have faith in Jesus
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving to Jesus

Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Draw, paint, or ink this story of Jesus walking on water as a way of reflecting on what is happening and what you are learning about who Jesus.
  • Say a prayer of Thanksgiving today and throughout this week focusing on one or more of the titles of Jesus found in today’s text.  Praise him for “who He is.”

I AM…the Gate and the Good Shepherd

We continued our series “I AM” this weekend at  by looking at two of Jesus’ declarations: “I am the gate” and “I am the good shepherd” from John 10:1-21.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

Here is a slightly more in-depth outline than was found in the bulletin today.

Jesus the Gate-Shepherd Who Guards His Own (10:7-10)

  • The gate versus the robbers
  • The provision of the gate: safety
  • The goal of the gate: full life

Jesus the Good Shepherd Who Lays Down His Life (10:11-13, 15-18)

  • The Good Shepherd versus the hired hand (10:11-13)
  • Ezekiel 34:1-10 on the failed shepherds
  • Jesus’ way of laying down His life: authority (10:15-18)

Jesus the Good Shepherd Who Knows His Own Intimately (10:14, 2-5)

  • The good shepherd and sheep: a knowing relationship
  • The nature of the relationship: Speaking and listening
  • The practice of the relationship: leading and following

I AM…the Bread of Life

This weekend at Eastbrook we kicked off a new series entitled “I AM,” which focuses on Jesus’ seven I am statements in John’s Gospel. I started this series by looking at Jesus’ declaration, “I am the Bread of Life,” from John 6:25-71.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

My basic outline was to look at four statements Jesus makes in this teaching that begin “very truly” or “truly, truly” in English translations but start with “Amen, Amen” in the Greek. Here is a more in-depth outline than was found in the bulletin today.

Four Nourishing Truths

  • Jesus Knows What We Seek (6:26-29)
    • Motivations: “Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you’” (6:26-27).
    • Working for God: “They asked Him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’” (6:28).Read More »