Let’s Fix Our Eyes on Jesus, Matthew 14:22-33

Let’s Fix Our Eyes on Jesus, Matthew 14:22-33

Dear HLPC family,

This morning I was encouraged yet again by Matthew 14:22-33.  It’s the story of Jesus walking on the storm-raged waters of the Sea of Galilee as He made his way out to His disciples.  They had been straining at the oars in a boat in fear for their lives for most of the night.  I’m sure after nine hours on the water they were all exhausted and in great fear for their lives.   Jesus comes trampling on the stormy seas.  Then we see Peter’s famous walk on the water.  As long as his eyes were on Jesus, he was fine.  As soon as he took His eyes off of Him, Peter began to sink.

The lesson is obvious–in times of fear, doubt, worry, and pain that seem to have no end, is when we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. It will be a fight to do so, and we shouldn’t be surprised when we’re like Peter and we are overwhelmed by our circumstances.  The story ends with Jesus and Peter back in the boat and Jesus stops the storm.  The application to our own struggles and this season of life are many. Let’s pray for each other and encourage each other to fix our eyes on Jesus.

Tonight at 7PM, we’re are going to provide online access to the HLPC MidWeek Study using Zoom.  This will allow folks to dial in on their phones and listen as well as join in using audio and video on the computer.  It’ll even make things more interactive.  We’re going to look at the Biblical doctrine of sanctification. What does it mean that God is in the business of changing us?  I hope you’ll join us!  The information you need for tonight is below. Hope to see you then!

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).