Andrew Fountain - Trusting Jesus in the Storms of Life

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Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee - 1695 by Ludolf Bakhuizen

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee - 1695 by Ludolf Bakhuizen

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Dusk over the Sea of Galilee

Dusk over the Sea of Galilee

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First Century Boat

First Century Boat

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First Century Boat Model

First Century Boat Model

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Mark 4:35–41

  1. On the same day, when evening had come, he said to them,
    “Let us cross over to the other side.”
  2. Now when they had left the multitude, they took him along in the boat as he was. And other little boats were also with him.
  3. And a great windstorm arose,
    and the waves beat into the boat,
    so that it was already filling.
  4. But he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…

Mark 4:35–41 cont’d

  1. …And they awoke him and said to him,
    “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
  2. Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”
    And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
  3. But he said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
  4. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another,
    “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!”

Questions...

  • What would you have done??
  • What did they do that was so wrong??
  • What should they have done??

So what faith did they have?

  • They thought he could do some good.
  • They didn’t think he could immediately still it. (they were so surprised)
  • They didn’t think he really cared for them.

2. What are storms for us?

  • early church, persecution symbol: boat symbol
  • We may have dramatic storms
    • Physical Storms
      •Sickness or Injury,
      • Death (my Brother’s wife)
    • Relationship problems
      •Unfair treatment from others
      •Unpleasant boss at work, or teacher who makes things hard for us
      •devastating marriage break-ups (parents)
      •painful break-up of a friendship
    • Persecution because of what we believe
  • Some storms are not so dramatic, but can cut us very deeply, maybe over a long period of time, eating into us

3. Christian’s problems in Storms

We have seen what the disciples did, and we have seen the kinds of storms that we have in this life.
Now I want to look at what we should do in storms.

  • When these trials of life come upon us, what do we do ??
  • Almost all Christians pray—I’m sure you pray, but what sort of prayer is it?
  • If God doesn’t answer straight away, then our prayer may become
    • resigned,...
    • or desperate...
    • or demanding
    • or even accusing God... [as here]

Just Wanna Have Fun

Just Wanna Have Fun

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Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

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4. Teaching - Ps 65:6–7

  1. Who established the mountains by his strength, being clothed with power;
  2. You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples.
  • In Genesis 1 we read of the world being “Without form, and void”

Context in Mark

  • Before, some parables
  • v26–29 “the secretly growing seed”—(the kingdom is not what it seems to be on the surface)
  • v30–32 “the tiny, but incredibly powerful mustard seed”—(the kingdom looks weak, but is awesomely powerful)
  • What could we call this account, to fit in with the two previous stories?
  • “the ordinary-seeming man in the boat in the terrible storm”
    •If we look immediately after the storm-event, we see we are on the right track:
  1. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!”

5. The Power of the Resurrection

  • John 10:10–11
  1. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
  2. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

But here is the problem:

  • Jesus says that he has come so that we might have life more abundantly.

Romans 8:31–32

  1. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
  2. He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Ephesians 1:19–20

  1. and [that you may know] what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power
  2. which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

6. But what if you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour?

  • What if you have never trusted him?
  • What if you think your life is far too important to trust everything to some invisible being ?
  • Well, the news is very bad
  • Your ship will sink

But Jesus offers:

  • to be in your ship -> unsinkable
  • even in the storm of death —He died and rose again
  • even in the storm of judgement —He has already paid the penalty on the cross, and the resurrection was a declaration of vindication

-Do you intend to weather life’s storms alone?

-Do you reject his kind offer?

-to be with you through thick and thin

  • don’t reject him
  • ask him to come and take over your boat
  • trust him that he is good and loving as well as infinitely powerful
  • pray to him and don’t give up till you know he is within you with his resurrection power.