Through the Storm | Week 4 – Whom Then Shall I Fear?
If God is creator and sustainer of the universe, it stands to reason that He can do supernatural things. Instead of being surprised that Jesus can calm the storms of life, we should anticipate His desire to do so. The Bible regularly calls us to be of good courage, to stand firm, and to be at peace regardless of what is happening around us. The problem comes when we try and dictate the terms of our deliverance. Trusting Jesus with every part of life requires that we do just that—trust. Because He is God, the plans He has for us are the best. We should marvel at His greatness, follow His leading, and trust His promises. Anything else is either a lack of faith or a failure to submit to the God of the universe.
READ Colossians 2:9-10
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
Read the passage again and consider these related questions.
Why did God reveal Himself to us in bodily form?
As followers of Jesus, how do we benefit from the fact the He is over all things?
Read Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:26-27; Luke 8:24-25
1. What was the reaction of the disciples when Jesus calmed the storm? What does that say about their understanding of who He is?
2. How is following Jesus through a storm a faith building exercise?
3. If Jesus responds to us even when we lack faith, what would our lives look like if we trusted Him fully?
Read Colossians 1:15-20; Mark 1:22; John 18:3-8; Proverbs 3:5-6
4. Discuss how the verse from Proverbs is augmented by the other passages?
5. How does the John passage reflect God’s sovereignty and His faithfulness at the same time?
6. Discuss how the reconciling work of Jesus impacts our ability to trust Him in the storms.
7. Retell the story of Jesus calming the storm as if the disciples had studied the above passages.