Good morning y’all! Today is Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. I am praying that we continue to grow in our thirst for God’s word; that we mirror what Jesus said in Luke 4:4, that we live off “every word that comes from the mouth of God”. In today’s passage we will see the authority of Christ’s power and the love of his fallen and scared disciples as he gives them encouragement. What a helpful passage to understand the character of God, when we often believe that his power and love are separate from each other, and are shown at opposite times. I pray this passage encourages your soul in light of the relationship Christ has established with you. -Max
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
[ John 6:16-21 ]
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why might John have included such details of the time of day, state of the weather/water, and length traveled before he gets into the arrival of Jesus? What may John have been trying to emphasize
_What caused the disciples to be so frightened? What does the action of Christ walking on water, show of him?
_Even after showing such divine power over creation (something to truly be feared) he tells his disciples to not be afraid. Why?
_How might this miracle of Christ mirror that of the Red Sea crossing found in Exodus 14 by Moses and the Israelites?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_Christ encourages his disciples in this passage to not be afraid, for Christ is with them in love and covenant. With the same being true for us, how does this free us to confess sin to a brother or sister, and ultimately to the Lord?
_What is a simple step of obedience Christ is calling you to take?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)