May 05, 2024

Assigned Scripture

Luke 8:22-25

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Group Response

Following the weekly gathering, you’re invited to respond to the service by engaging in group discussion.

SUMMARY:

Jesus asked the disciples to leave a shoreline of success for a stormy ride to a foreign land. Stretched out before us are the waters of challenge, change and calling. We cannot sail them with out leaving a good shoreline for what is appointed. We cannot survive them without trusting Christ more than our own capacity to sail. With Christ we can cross every lake, through every storm, to reach the shoreline of our calling.

Discussion Questions

1. Often, we cannot hear Christ say “let’s go” because we cannot “let go”. Is there something you need to let go of?
 
2. Reflect on some of the important shorelines of your life. What happened? How did it shape your story?
 
3. Respond to the statement “Life is punctuated by storms that cannot be sailed, God must calm them first.”
 
4. Can you identify and describe a current shoreline? Where are you settled in right now and finding success?
 
5. If you are in a storm, can you talk about it? Describe it?
 
6. What’s on the other side of your lake? If Christ calls you to “let go” and sail through a storm…what’s the destination?