Study Questions: Week 2
- If the hard things in our lives are thought to be storms, what is the most recent storm you have faced? (ex. death of a loved one; loss of a job; divorce; etc.)
- How were you able to get through it?
- Read Mark 4:35-41 aloud and discuss the following:
a. How would you feel if you were frantically bailing water and others on the boat were asleep?
b. Why were the disciples fearful?
c. Why do you think Jesus was sleeping in the boat?
d. What does Jesus do after the disciples wake him?
e. Do you go to God when you experience storms in your life? How does it make a difference?
- The purpose of a storm in your life is to grow your faith. How does this happen? (Helpful: Hebrews 10:34 and Hebrews 12:11)
- In the book of James, verses 2-5 tell us important things about lifestorms. Explain and discuss each one:
a. Lifestorms are unavoidable (James 1:2)
b. Lifestorms are beneficial (James 1:3)
c. Lifestorms are indispensable (James 1:4)
d. Lifestorms are valuable (James 1:5)
- When you have felt like life is about to blow you away, or that the storms of disappointment just won’t let up, what do you do?
- What or who brings peace into your life? Share how. (Helpful: Psalm 29:11)
- Take time to pray together that Jesus will be the peace in each of your lives.
Mark 4: 35 – 40
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
James 1: 2 – 8
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Hebrews 10: 34
34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
Hebrews 12: 11
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Deuteronomy 6: 5
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.