Here is a quick review of this week’s Sunday meeting. Read below to find a meeting summary, quotes highlighted during the message, and a few questions for community group discussion or personal study this week.
Matthew led us in praying for the countries of Malawi and Mozambique, President Obama, and for all the parents in our church. He especially prayed for the single parents among us and that we would come together as a body to care for all the young people at our church.
Shane Fernandez prophesied at the mic from Matthew 11:28.
Gene reminded everyone about the Connect Desk and CCB Help Desk. He then closed our meeting with a benediction.
Quotes highlighted during the message:
“James knew this sea. He and John had spent most of their lives on or in it. His father was a fisherman. So were most of his male kin and friends. His mind flashed the faces of some of them who had drowned in unpredictable Galilean windstorms like the one that had pummeled them barely a half-hour ago.
A seasoned boatman, James was not alarmed easily. But he knew a man-eater when he saw it. This storm had opened its mouth to swallow them all into the abyss.
Terror had been in John’s eyes when he grabbed James and yelled, ‘We have to tell the Master!’ They stumbled to the stern. How Jesus had remained sleeping while the angry surf tossed the boat around was itself a wonder. They woke him screaming, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!’
James would never forget the way Jesus looked at him. His eyes were at once potent and tranquil. Not a trace of fear. Laying aside the blanket, Jesus rose to full height on the rear deck. James, fearing Jesus was about to be pitched overboard, reached to grab him just as Jesus shouted, ‘Peace! Be still!’
No sooner had those words left his mouth than the wind was completely gone! The sudden hush of the howling was otherworldly. The waves immediately began to abate. Each disciple stood where he was, looking dumbfounded at the water and sky and each other.
Jesus’ gaze lingered for a moment on the steep hills along the western shore. Then he looked around at the Twelve and said, ‘Where is your faith?'”
–Jon Bloom, Where is your faith?
“Here were the twelve disciples in the path of duty. They were obediently following Jesus wherever he went. Yet here we see these men in trouble, tossed by a tempest and in danger of being drowned. Mark well this lesson. Being in Christ’s service does not exempt his servants from storms. It will not be strange if we have to endure sickness, losses, and disappointments just like other people. Our Savior has never promised that we shall have no afflictions. He loves us too well to promise that. By affliction he teaches us many precious lessons, which otherwise we would never learn. By afflictions he shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, an makes us long for heaven.”
–JC Ryle, Lessons Learned in the Gale of Affliction
“With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.” –John Newton
1. Why were the disciples more terrified in the calm of the storm than in the middle of the storm itself? Gene taught that while a storm can take one’s life, God is the commander of one’s soul. What sort of effect does this knowledge have on you?
2. Why does God allow us to experience storms? Reread the quote above by JC Ryle as you consider your answer. What is a storm that you have been through or are currently weathering? How has this storm shaped your relationship with the Lord?
4. Because God delivered us from the greatest storm, we know that He will be with us in all lesser storms of life. What was this “greatest storm”? With this in mind, how does the security of salvation impact your perspective of all other trials?
5. How can your community group pray for and support you in the midst of any current storms you are facing?