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May 23, 2021

Discipleship Tested & Jesus Calms the Storm

Discipleship Tested & Jesus Calms the Storm

Passage: Matthew 8:18-27

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

Have you ever asked the question what is a true disciple of Christ? Maybe you’re not even sure what a disciple is. In our passage this week Jesus is going to test those around Him who say they are genuine followers of Him. One man bravely said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go,” (v. 19) until he realized it would cost him his comfort. Another let family commitments stand in his way (v. 21). But Jesus waits for no one, He tells both of them and us, follow me! The standards for discipleship are high but the rewards are eternal. Like any well-planned building project, we must count the cost before following Christ (Lk. 14:28) because He may take us where we do not want to go. We see an example of this in the following verses (23 – 27) where the disciples get into a boat to cross the sea of Galilee only to encounter a great storm that sends waves crashing over the side of boat and the panic-stricken disciples call out for Christ fearing for their lives (v. 25). His response to them is one we all need to hear “why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (v. 26). As disciples of Christ our lives are not storm proof, but we can weather life’s trials and tribulations when we remember the Lord is in the boat with us.