Hey leaders, I hope you all weathered the storm well this past weekend. If you need help clearing out debris, don’t hesitate to reach out. Praying for all of you this week, asking Jesus to bless you and make your time together fruitful and impactful for the kingdom.
Ice Breaker: What’s the biggest body of water you’ve seen/been on?
Read the Scriptures together out loud: Mark 4:35-41
- What word or verse stood out to you? Why?
- (or ask) What have you been S.O.A.P(ing) how has that been a blessing to you?
Sermon Summary: As the disciples, it’s easy to fear the storms we face in life. Storms are destructive and unpredictable similar to the storm we had this past weekend. When Jesus speaks, even the winds and waves obey Him, and all the chaos is brought to a complete calm. Jesus is gracious and uses the storms in our lives to show the disciples and us that He is greater and has defeated not just the winds and waves, but the greatest storm has already been conquered, Satan, sin, and death.
-Jesus is greater than the storm-
- In a couple of sentences, what was the scariest storm you’ve ever been in/or witnessed the destruction from?
- Why do you think Jesus was asleep or able to sleep? He was there, but what do you think He was wanting the Disciples to experience and know about Him?
- How can we remind ourselves in the middle of life’s storms that Jesus is present and not sleeping on us?
-Jesus is greater than our doubts, fears, and failures-
- Why is it easier to doubt than it is to trust Jesus and have faith that is greater than our fear, doubts, or failures?
- Where might Jesus want to bring “calm (once Jesus spoke, the water became completely still like glass” to the storm you’re facing? And how can your City Group enter in, support you, and be praying for you?
- Where in your past have you personally experienced Jesus calm the storms in your life?
-Jesus is Greater than Jonah-
There are a lot of similarities between Jonah and Jesus. You can read Jonah’s story in Jonah 1:1-16. The biggest difference, though, is Jonah ran from God when he was sent to the great city of Nineveh with over 120k lost souls. Jesus is greater than Jonah because Jesus ran towards us and conquered our greatest storm.
- What are some of the similarities and differences between Jonah’s story and Jesus’ story in Mark 4?
- Jason said, “the greatest storm we could ever face is the storm of eternal judgment.” What do you think that means?
- Our greatest storm has already been conquered! How does that stir your heart to fear God and not your circumstances?
Pray it out! What’s a storm that you shared, are you in the middle of, or someone you know is? Close by praying for them