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Community Group Discussion Questions: Mark 4:35-41

What is the worst storm you've ever been through? What emotions did it envoke?

Read the account of a severe storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Verses 35-41.

How did the disciples react to this storm? And what did many of them do for a living? (They were fisherman: 1:16-19.) So how strong can we surmise this storm was? Are you ever annoyed when it looks like God is sleeping and ignoring the situation that has "swamped" you and threatens to drown you?

Why do you think the disciples wake Jesus up?

Did they want Him to calm the storm or to take cover? 

Why are the disciples still "terrified" even after Jesus calms the storm? 

What did the disciples ask each other in verse 41? 

Tell us of a time God blew away your concept of Him by a display of His power.

Someone read verse 40. After their brush with death, Jesus doesn't comfort, but rather scolds His disciples.Why is He so hard on them?

Is there evidence in the passage that Jesus meant to enter this storm as a test of the disciples' faith? 

Hint, if needed: verse 37. (Jesus suggested the boat trip Himself, and promptly went to sleep.)

The application to our lives is that even when Jesus LEADS us "through the valley of the shadow of death", we should fear no evil, for HE IS WITH US. We too can rest in faith during the storm. Our boat isn't going down, because Jesus is on board.

How would they have responded if they had had faith? 

In what areas of your life are you tempted to respond with fear rather than faith?

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