This week is very special as we have Simon Oatridge preaching on Mark 4:35-41which is all about God’s people learning in a practical way how to put their faith in Jesus in the storms of life. As it is fathers day there will be an introduction of a new grandchild by John Hall. Rebecca will be reading from Psalm 107:23-32 and Leisa Sanders will also be leading us in prayers, but this will be coming out as a separate Youtube or will be shared on Zoom. Alison will end with the hymn, 'how great thou art.'
Intro: COVID19 and our fears
The storm and the Saviour – 3 questions:
- A question of fear v38: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?
- A question of faith v40: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?
- A question of identity v41: “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Earlier in the day, before the calming of the storm, Jesus has been teaching about the kingdom of God that comes through his word v3, 9, 15-16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 33.
- How does this miracle give us confidence in the power of God’s word to save?
- How do Mark’s “irrelevant details” help us believe it is an eyewitness, reliable account?
The disciples doubted God’s care for them with their question of fear: “Don’t you care if we drown?”
- How do we doubt God’s care for us in the storms of life?
- How was this true for the disciples?
- How has this been true for you?
- Why do you think the disciples respond in this way?
- What does Mark want us to conclude about Jesus?