The Original Storm Chaser – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric conclude the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘The Original Storm Chaser’ based on Mark 4:35-41.
 
  1. Jesus prepares His people for the storm (v. 35)
  2. Jesus leads His people into the storm (v.35-37)
  3. He delivers His people through the storm (v.38-39)
  4. Jesus refines His people by the storm (v.40-41)

 

ICEBREAKER:

What is the funniest thing you’ve seen recently online?

1. In context, Mark 4 records Jesus teaching His disciples about the kingdom of God. And then, in Mark 4:35-41, He shows them the kingdom of God in action.How would you describe the kingdom of God from Mark 4 [cf. Mark 9:1-13; Mark 10:13-16; and Mark 10:23-31]?

2. Mark 4 begins and ends in a boat [Mark 4:1; 36-37]. How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus so identifi ed with humanity that He was willing to be “in the same boat” as us [cf. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23; and John 1:14]?

3. Have you ever experienced feeling like your ship was sinking in a storm, or watched another go through a similar situation [Mark 4:37]? What did it feel like? What caused it? What did you learn from it [cf. Job 1:13-19; Jonah 1:4-6; and Acts 27:14-20]?

4. What does the fact that Jesus was asleep in the boat’s stern, curled up on a cushion, tell you about both Jesus’ humanity and His divinity [cf. Matthew 4:2; John 4:6; and John 11:35]?

5. What does Jesus’ calming of the storm by simply speaking to it indicate about His identity? Consult also John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; and Hebrews 1:8-12.

6. Contrast the opposite reactions of fear and faith [Mark 4:40-41]. Why are we prone to fear? What role do life storms play in strengthening our faith? Examine Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 14:28-33; and John 14:27 for further insights.

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.” (Thomas Watson)