Peace in the Midst of a Storm

SERIES: Stormy Weather

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR AUGUST 12–18, 2020

AIM: When Jesus sent his disciples across the lake into the storm he was aware, prayed for them, went to them, and took care of them. What a picture for us in the COVID-19 Crisis!  After studying this lesson, students should know and be aware that Jesus can, and will, give peace in the midst of any storms in their lives!

Peace:

What is your definition of:

  • Peace is…     

Psalm 4:8 NKJV – I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 29:11 NKJV – The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

John 14:27 NKJV– Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33 NKJV – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Faith:

What is your definition of:                                                                                             

  • Faith is…

Hebrews 11:1, 6 NKJV1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Matthew 17:20 NKJV So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Luke 17:5 NKJV– And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV – For we walk by faith, not by sight.  

Faith

  • Faith is to be the foundation of our lives not a beam for emergency support
  • Faith is to be the flow of our behavior, not the serum for emergencies.
  • Faith is to be the permeating thought of our mind, not the sporadic thought aroused by need.
  • Faith is to be the constant pleas of our heart, not the occasional cry of desperation

Point to Ponder: Based on your definition of faith and peace, is it necessary to have faith in order to have peace? Explain

Storms are. . .

  • A violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning or snow.
  • A sudden attack and capture by means of force

There are all kinds of storms that come in our life.  Storms of. . .

  • Sickness                      Disappointment                Mistreatment
  • Sorrow                        Doubt                                  Misunderstanding
  • Suffering                    Death                                   Misuse
  • Neglect                     Poverty                                Tension
  • Nervous stress          Pressure                              Temptation

I. Reality of Storms

Going into a storm

In a storm

Coming out of a storm

II. Reflection on Storms

Sudden

Without warning

Matthew 8:23-24 (NIV)23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

  • With a warning

Genesis 6:17 (MSG) – “I’m going to bring a flood on the Earth that will destroy everything alive under Heaven. Total destruction.

  • Severe
  • Short Duration
  • Storms don’t last always!

III. Reason For Storms

Because of disobedience

Jonah 1:12 (NIV) – Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm.  I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

  • Because it makes us realize our dependence on God

Matthew 8:25 (KJV) – Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”

  • Because faith needs testing

Matthew 8:26 (KJV) – But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”  Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

  • Because of Jesus

Mark 4:35 (KJV) – On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”

  1. Response To Storms
  2. Tell Jesus                                                                                                     

Mark 4:35-41 (KJV)35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Three things about the storm:

  1. The storm arose immediately, unexpectedly – “there arose a great storm”
  2. The storm was great – “and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full”
  3. The storm was life threatening – “we perish”
  1. Following (v. 35)

    His disciples . . .

  • Were committed to following Jesus regardless of circumstances, cost, and the sacrifice demanded.

Point to Ponder:  Are you willing to follow Jesus regardless of the circumstances, cost or the sacrifice it may demand?

Point to Ponder:  Looking at the storms that can come in our lives (page 2) and following Jesus can cause these storms, will your answer be the same? Be honest with yourself!

  • They were willing to follow Him wherever He went!  But they were. . .

II.         Fearful (v. 37)

  • The Scene
    • serene
    • Safe
    • Secure
  • The Storm
    • Suddenly
      • No warning
      • No way out
  • Swooped in and swamped them

III.        Fainthearted (v. 38)

  • The disciples made a terrifying discovery:
  • They were seasoned fishermen.  They knew the sea and the boat; they knew how to handle themselves in the midst of any situation or trial but not this time!  
  • The same is true with many of us.  We are seasoned at living and in handling the storms of life.  We can handle this, or so we think and feel.
  • They were face to face with a storm so severe that they were not able to save themselves.  No doubt they had faced storms before, but they had never confronted a situation as terrifying as this severe storm.            
  • Someday every one of us will face a storm that terrifies us.  The terrifying storm will be beyond our control.  We will not be able to save, or even help, ourselves.
  • They were completely helpless and hopeless, left to themselves.       
  • When the terrifying storm hits us, it will leave us helpless, and hopeless.
  • They apparently had tried to handle the storm without Jesus until the situation got out of control.
  • As far as they were concerned, they were without the immediate help of Jesus.
    • To them He was asleep!  Jesus was present, yet He seemed so far away!
    • He was out of reach, unaware of their desperate plight, unconscious of their need – or so the disciples thought!
  • The situation was totally out of control, beyond their ability to handle.
  • They were about to perish and die.
  • They had waited and waited, tried and tried to handle the situation themselves.

(4)    Note these significant evangelism lessons. . .

  • They believed He could save them; so they came to Him.
  • They confessed their need to be saved that they were perishing.
  • They cries out in desperation for Christ to save them.
  • Imminent danger can drive us to Christ, but we need to remember
  1. We can wait too long.  We can die and slip into eternity before we know it.
  2. We run a terrible risk in waiting.
  3. We waste a lifetime of living – really living in all the fullness of life.  Abundant life comes only through Christ – a life that brings unbelievable confidence, assurance, security, self-worth, love, joy, peace and rest.

Point to Ponder: How do you think the disciples’ faith was impacted from seeing Jesus calm the storm simply from His spoken word?

Point to Ponder: How has Jesus given you peace in the midst of your storm?

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Pray that you remain faithful and fervent in your relationship with Christ regardless of the circumstances you may experience.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Avoid being a hindrance to those that are in a storm; ask God for Godly wisdom as to how you can help others going through.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share with others how Christ endured his storm on the cross for you and I and came out victoriously for us all.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Our consistent and persistent giving allows others to be developed as they may be going through a storm.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            As you go through your storm, no matter the source, keep your eyes focused on Christ to guide you through.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE:    Lessons from the Storm

SERIES:             Stormy Weather

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Revelation 3:20; Genesis 3:10; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 26:41; Luke 5:16; Mark 1:35; Psalm 81:7; 1 Peter 5:7; Jeremiah 33:3; 2 Timothy 4:18; Psalm 116:8; Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 46:4

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