Friday, January 23, 2009

Storms of Life (Mark 4:35-41)

  • Why are storms such a frightening experience for children?
  • What "silly" things are you afraid of? (eg. snakes, puppets, clowns, etc.)
  • Read Mark 4:35-41.
  • Why do you think Jesus stayed asleep in the boat during the storm? What do you think he was trying to teach the disciples?
  • What do you think the disciples expected from Jesus? (read verse 41, the disciples were surprised that he could stop the storm, so they weren't expecting that!)
  • Which part of this story best describes your life right now? (getting in the boat, middle of the storm, waking Jesus up, amazed by God)
  • When have you felt like God was asleep in the middle of life's storm? How did you deal with that?
  • What should we expect from God when we find ourselves in a storm?
  • Why is it so hard to have "faith" in the middle of life's hard times? What activities have you found to be helpful when you're going through hard times?
  • Who do you know that is in a storm right now? How can you encourage them and build their faith?

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