When we study from the gospels, there is a good opportunity to take advantage of the same story being told from perspectives of different biblical authors. Often times the stories that appear in one gospel also appear in others. The story of Jesus calming the storm appears in Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41 and Luke 8:22-25.
As a group, follow along in your own bible and read aloud each of the accounts in Matthew, Mark, and Luke about the calming of the storm. As you read, consider the following:
What similarities do you notice between each account?
What differences do you notice?
Is there something you learn from one story that you don’t learn from the others?
Are there any words or phrases that stick out to you, for any reason at all?
Is anything said each time in each account?
From the sermon this week we learned the importance of trusting in the power of Jesus when we are tempted to fear. Briefly share with one another: in what ways are you tempted to fear?
The ultimate way Jesus’ power is shown is in his resurrection from the dead. Faith in this truth is what makes us “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are often tempted to fear when things are difficult and trying. The best remedy to combat fear is remembering our identity in Christ and his power. As a group practice reminding one another of the gospel and to trust in that as we face the difficulties that were just shared.
Here are six more great realities of being “in Christ Jesus” written by John Piper:
Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is breathtaking to be united to Christ. Bound to Christ.
If you are “in Christ” listen to what it means for you:
In Christ Jesus, you were given grace before the world was created. Second Timothy 1:9, “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”
In Christ Jesus, you were chosen by God before creation. Ephesians 1:4, “[God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world.”
In Christ Jesus, you are loved by God with an inseparable love. Romans 8:38–39, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In Christ Jesus, you were redeemed and forgiven for all your sins. Ephesians 1:7, “In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”
- In Christ Jesus, you are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is imputed to you. Second Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake [God] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- In Christ Jesus, you have become a new creation and a son of God. Second Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Galatians 3:26, “ In Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God, through faith.”