Summary: Between where we are now and where the Lord intends to take us, Between us and that Higher Plane of Living, Stands Some Sea of Challenge that Must be Crossed! The only way to get to the Capernaum of Excellence from the Bethsaida of Mediocrity is by way of
I need not pause to suggest how delighted I am to be in your midst. In the midst of erudite scholars like yourselves, I felt I ought to at least have an interesting introduction that sounded impressive with some big words. So I, like Al Louis Patterson who pastors the Corinth Church in Houston, thought of two. I am Hippopotamus glad and Elephant proud to be here.
We Need To Talk! The headline I want to highlite in our little chat is this: “It Happened At Night” The Text I have tagged and targeted for teaching is John 6:16-21.
I submit to us that The Lord intends to lead us to a Higher Level of Living (Living Life in the Presence of God-Matthew 6:1-34); to a Deeper Depth of Understanding (Understanding the Operations of His Providence); to a Higher Stratus of Commitment-c/f vs 66-68) to even a Higher Plateau of Ministry (other than simply being Transporter and Distributers of Fragments of Loaves). I submit the Lord intends to do a New Thing in our lives!
However, Between where we are now and where the Lord intends to take us, Between us and that Higher Plane of Living, Stands Some Sea of Challenge that Must be Crossed! The only way to get to the Capernaum of Excellence from the Bethsaida of Mediocrity is by way of Some Galilean Sea of Challenge. So says John in verses 16 and 17a of our Text (read).
Sometimes, to reach Excellence, we must leave the Safety and Shore of Land and hazard the Perils of Travel by Sea. Sometimes, to get from where we are now to where the Lord intends to take us, we have to board ships we never traveled on before, and take hazardous routes previously unknown to us. Being a disciple of Jesus means Venturing By Faith; so subsequently, we are forced to face Some Sea of Provocation and board Some Ship of Destiny in order to reach our Capernaum of Excellence. So John says in verses 16 and 17 a of our Text (read).
Now I submit that if you and I have not yet experienced our Capernaum of Excellence, it is because we are still living on the shores of our Bethsaida of Mediocrity. And if we want to reach the other side, we have to face our Sea of Provocation, board our Ship of Destiny, and cross over to the other side. For if we would Cross the Sea, we would experience the Capernaum of Excellence! If we would Cross, we would Excel; and
we’re not Excelling because we haven’t Crossed!
And so, because Some Sea of Challenge stands between where we are now and where the Lord intends to take us, I thought it would be helpful to open this matter up for mental investigation, spiritual scrutiny and theological dialogue to see if we could discover for ourselves-
I. WHY DO WE HAVE SEAS IN OUR LIFE?
Why do you have Seas in your life? You love the Lord, try to live right, bring your tithes and offerings, sing in the choir, serve as an usher, active in the curriculum and activities of your church, and even try to treat everybody right - so Why do you have a challenging and provocative sea?
Why must you face the darkness of depression?
Why do you at times feel Jesusless?