Change: Sailing with Jesus 9/15/2019

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

SLIDE: Change: Sailing with Jesus  


** Sunday evening vigil – Praying for the City**


Change = some are seismic – subtle

FALL – Season of change –

Life has its cycles



UVA  31  vs Florida State 24


Faith – TRUST – FEAR

Storms – trials of life


Mark, Matthew and Luke

Mark 4:Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”




By Gavin de Becker


OLDER into NEWER testaments


The Book of Jonah – Nineveh   1:1-17

  1. The key character gets into a boat (Jonah 1:3; Mark 4:36)
  2. A storm arises on the sea that threatens everyone on board (Jonah 1:4; Mark 4:37)
  3. Everyone on the boat panics (Jonah 1:5; Mark 4:38)
  4. The key character is found sleeping in the boat (Jonah 1:5; Mark 4:38)
  5. Those on board wake up the key character (Jonah 1:6; Mark 4:38)
  6. Those on board question the key character and bring up the notion of perishing (Jonah 1:6; Mark 4:38)
  7. The sea becomes calm (Jonah 1:15; Mark 4:39)
  8. The men on board the boat respond with fear (Jonah 1:16; Mark 4:41)



  1. Jonah was on a boat because he was fleeing the will of God; Jesus was on a boat to fulfill the will of God.
  2. Jonah’s presence on the boat was the reason the storm arose; Jesus’ presence on the boat was the reason the storm became calm.
  3. Jonah was woken up but did not call upon the Lord; Jesus woke up, and he was the Lord whom the disciples called upon for help.
  4. Jonah was on a boat in order to not go to the Gentiles in Nineveh; Jesus was on a boat in order to go to the Gentile territory that we see in Mark 5 (the very next chapter).
  5. Jonah had to be delivered from death; Jesus delivered everyone else from death.

condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here”

SLIDE:  Jesus & Nineveh

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.



What are symptoms of a storm?

  1. Fear, anxiety…
  2. HUGE swings in our emotions
  3. Does God care? –

“ Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”                                              – Jesus was asleep

Does God love me?

SLIDE:  Perfect love drives out fear.

1 John 4:18


Not…  perfect faith


SLIDE: Luke 8:24-25 Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.


Rebuked = casting out demons


“Where is your faith?”  TRUST

What have you placed it your faith in?




“Storms puncture the illusion that we are in ultimate and complete control of our lives”


CHANGE = similar contexts.


I have been here before!

SLIDE: Mark 6:Jesus Walks on the Water

45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.


OT into NT –

SLIDE: Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, this is what the Lord says—

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,



Isaiah – do not fear for I have redeemed you… when you pass through the waters… For “I-AM”


Moses – I AM


Ego eimi ancient Greek – “I am”,  is the first person singular present activeindicative of the verb “to be”


Jesus = the “I AM” of the OT!



AM I CHANGING / growing?


TAKE A MOMENT – pray –Holy Spirit








Turning to entertainment instead of faith.







SLIDE: Matthew 14:28-33

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


UVA  31  vs Florida State 24

3 seconds

50 yards worth of penalties


Peter is changing – growing!



Prez of PTsem

People prefer the misery they know compared the mystery they don’t.



The storms of life teach us about “us” and give us the room to grow/change in the area of faith in our lives!


Without them… most of us would never change