If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat has ratings John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you. “Failure does not shape you; the way you respond to failure shapes you.” ― John Ortberg Jr., If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat. If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat is a book written by John Ortberg that uses the New Testament account of Jesus walking.

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There is something — Someone — inside us who tells us there is more to life than sitting in the boat. You were made for something more…. There is something inside you that wants to walk on the water — to leave the comfort of routine existence and abandon yourself to the high adventure of following God. Like each of the disciples, we must choose how we will respond to God. Will we sit in the boat, like orhberg eleven disciples? Or will we, like Peter, leave the security of the boat and give God the opportunity to use us in extraordinary ways?

The credit belongs to the man who is actually ortbrrg the arena… who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at jkhn fails while daring greatly. So that his place will never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

God knows how fearful we are, and he sometimes uses uncomfortable, real-world challenges to cause us to choose where we will place our odtberg.


If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

John Ortberg explains it this way: This means that to be a follower of Jesus you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life. What did David realize about finding security in God rather than in things? The Bible records the stories of many people who had to choose whether to trust God and step out in faith. How did God appear to Moses, and what did he want Moses to do? How did Moses respond when God oetberg the invitation to step out of the boat? Finally Moses took the plunge and returned to Egypt to urge Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.

Gideon was afraid to take the challenge the angel of the Lord presented to him. How did God respond to his fears?

Failure is not an event, but rather a judgment about an event. Failure is not something that happens to us or a label we attach to things. It is a way we think about outcomes. Explain why you do or do not believe that God calls everyone who follows Him lrtberg step out in faith and do something extraordinary.

How would you define failure? Thus far in life, what has been your experience with failure? What has failure kept you from doing?

If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat – Study Gateway

What has failure done for you? Watch the Session One Video: Video Observations Images of a balloon ride Following Jesus: Discovering the power of Jesus Video Highlights When John Ortberg and his wife took their hot-air balloon ride, the competence of their pilot became very important to them.


Why is it so important for us to know the competence and trustworthiness of whoever pilots our lives? Jesus is still looking for people who love and trust Him enough to step out of the boat. What do you find intriguing about stepping out of the boat?

When Jesus told the disciples to sail to the other side of the Sea of Galilee without Him, they obeyed. But what happened as they sailed? What did Jesus say to them, and why is this significant today? What impact did this event have on the disciples?

What impact do you think this event had on Peter? Who Deserves the Credit?

What do the following verses reveal about God? Where was Gideon trying to find comfort and safety when God approached him? The Pluses of Water-Walking It is the only way to real growth.

It is the way true faith develops. It is the alternative to boredom and stagnation.

What’s Water-Walking?

It is part of discovering and obeying our calling. The water is where Jesus is! In what ways does our perception of failure affect our willingness to start water-walking?

Think about It Failure is not an event, but rather a judgment about an event. Why or why not? If we keep choosing not to step out of our boats, what happens to us? To people around us?

To our relationship with God? We want to hear from you!