Edition: 3

Immediately

Last Edition Recap

How have you applied the last edition to your life? or Why do you think you are so important to God?

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, many of us struggle to find our place in this world. Please help us to know that we will always belong to you. May we know that you always have a place for us to belong. Help us realise this truth. Amen.

Intro

My late grandfather fought in World War II for the allied forces. His grave is among other South African veterans, known as the M.O.T.H.s (Memorable Order of Tin Hats), who risked their own lives for world peace and the people reading these words today. At the site of their final resting place stands a memorial reading these words:
“For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today.”

Chat Point 1

Take a moment and ponder on these words.

  • What does it mean that others risked their lives for you?

When someone faces a life-threatening situation, they are desperate to be saved. There is no time to form a committee, set a plan, or for rescuers to lecture them on what went wrong and how to avoid danger before being saved.

TRUE or FALSE:

When someone needs rescuing, they need to be saved immediately!

  • Have you ever been rescued, or have you witnessed someone in need of saving, share;
  • What happened?
  • Why does rescuing, in general, need to be immediate?

THE RESCUER

The rescuer is always ready to help someone in need – often without question, especially when another person faces a life-threatening situation.

THE SAVED

The saved person is someone who is saved from a dangerous or distressing situation. However, they cannot be saved unless someone is willing to be a rescuer.

Read

Matthew 14: 22-33

Key Focus

Matthew 14:31  

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Chat Point 2

  1. What stands out for you in this passage?
  2. What do you think the main point is?
  3. Why did Jesus NOT lecture Peter before saving him?
  4. Why did Jesus only help Peter realise the error of his way after reaching out and saving Peter?
  5. How does this act of Jesus relate to his crucifixion?
  6. What do we learn from Peter’s desperate cry, “Lord, save me!”
  7. If you were Peter, how would you tell the story of your experience?
  8. What would it look like if Christians applied this principle or lesson to their lives today?
  9. What is Jesus telling you personally as you reflect on this event?
  10. How can you apply this lesson to your life this week?
What are your prayer requests?

Closing Prayer

Gracious Lord, whenever I need you, you are there. Whenever I call out to you, you reach out and help me. Let me live knowing you’re always there. Also, please teach me how to never take my eyes off you. Amen.

In-between Chats: Personal Reflection

God reached out by sending Jesus to save us. 
Read John 3:16-21.
  • Do you know that Jesus has saved you?
  • Do you know that his sacrifice is FOR YOUR TOMORROW? 
  • You can accept him now by simply praying, “Lord, save me”, and allowing him to reach into your life immediately.

Edition Writer: Rev Kevin Zondagh

Executive Coach, Life Coach, and Ordained Minister. Founder of CoffeeChatConnect and the Exemplar Coaching Company.