20-06-2021 | HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE STORM CHASER

BIBLE READINGS

Mark 4:35-41

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 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?’

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be Still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’

QUESTIONS

Any storm we go through either _________________ an _________________ understanding of God or _________________ a    ___________________ understanding of God.

Some storms are just a part of life and disrupt our day to day lives. What are some storms you have had to face?
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What unhealthy understanding of Jesus did the storm reveal the disciples had in Mark 4:35-41?

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Has a storm ever revealed an unhealthy understanding of God within you? What unhealthy understandings of God might you have?

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Some storms God sends our way to deliberately draw us out and deeper into Him. How do you feel about God sending you storms?

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God sent Jonah a storm because he was seeking a safe place instead of venturing out with God into a place of testing. What is wrong with only wanting a ‘safe and calm space’ from God? Why do we need to ‘venture out’ into the storm at times?
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Oswald Chambers describes those who are “spiritually self-controlled” and those who are “spiritually distracted” during times of crisis. Which one were the disciples? Which one are you? How can you become ‘spiritually self-controlled’?

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Peter cries out to Jesus to save him from drowning as he is trying to walk on water. This enforces the healthy understanding within Peter that Jesus is someone he can look to and trust in life threatening situations. What has God enforced within you during times of difficulty and suffering?


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