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Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Sermon Title: Trusting God in the Midst of the Storm

Introduction:  The Gospel of Mark reports only four of Jesus parables, while the book of Matthew gives fifteen and Luke nineteen. But in this Gospel eighteen miracles are given.  As Jesus and His disciples attempt to cross the water, a storm strikes. Jesus peacefully sleeping on a pillow is awakened by the frantic disciples. He calmly commands the wind and waves to “Be still!” The wind and the waters obey his command and become completely calm. There were at least three good reasons why none of the men in the ship should have been fearful, even though the situation appeared to be life threatening. First, Jesus had promised that they were going to the other side. He didn't say it would be an easy trip, but he did promise a guaranteed arrival to the other side. Second, Jesus was with them, so what was there to fear? The disciples had witnessed his power demonstrated in his many miracles, so they should have had complete confidence in him.  Finally, they could see that Jesus was perfectly at peace, even in the midst of the storm. This fact should have encouraged them.  How often in the trials of our life are we just like the faithless disciples. Our greatest problems are within us, not around us. This explains why Jesus gently rebuked them and called them “men of little faith.” They had heard Him teach the Word and had even seen Him perform miracles, and yet they still had no faith. It was their unbelief that caused their fear, and their fear made them question whether Jesus really cared.  

Principles:  

  1. No matter the storms, we can have peace knowing that Jesus is with us

  2. Jesus cares, and is able to calm the storms in our life

  3. In the midst of the storm we have to trust and have faith in the word of God

  4. We must know him, and know that He has all power over this world

Scripture Readings

Mark 4:1

Matthew 14:25-32

John 14:27

Philippians 4:6-7

Numbers 23:19