We begin our sermon series on Revelation by exploring the nature of the book and why it has been viewed as "too difficult" and often neglected. We also reflect on the blessings which come from reading and responding to this book and look at the awesome vision of Christ which John is given and instructed to share with us all.
This week we spend time hearing some personal stories from those who had recently attended the Soul Survivor event at the Peterborough Showground this summer. God gloriously revealed himself to those who attended in ways they couldn't imagine, which has changed the way they see Him and the way they see themselves - loved as children of the King.
Many of us were brought up to avoid confrontation, but problems are never resolved by avoiding them. In this brief passage from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus shows us how Christians are to seek to resolve disagreements – with love and with grace. The talk explores how we are called to go to the person who has offended us with the right attitude and being clear what we seek from our meeting.
We explore what happens to Peter when he gets out of the boat and onto the water - under 4 'C's. We are called to use our gifts and not to hide them; we naturally have concerns which can be overcome if we fix our eyes on Jesus; we all have a choice to make that means we can make a difference for God’s Kingdom; and when we do this, both we and the world around us will be changed. Getting 'out of the boat' is exciting, but never easy. However, we are to get out of the boat because that's where Jesus is.