Sermon Title: Pop-Up Storms
Last Weeks Big Ideas:
- When life happens don’t be sidelined by it.
- God is not a silent partner. He throws a powerful right cross.
- God redeems the hardships we face and transforms us into a stable force (capstones).
- The victory Jesus secured on Sunday doesn’t have to be re-fought on Monday.
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
“Again, Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around Him was so large that He got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.” He taught them many things by parables.
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Mark 4 Parables Big Ideas :
- Jesus sows His Word (Himself) liberally to all.
- Use it or loose it.
- Your soil (heart) condition is your responsibility and it determines the growth of the seed.
- The Kingdom of God starts out as a small seed but it produces towering results.
The time to prepare for a storm is before the storm.
Silence is not absence.
Jesus has the ability to control that which we think is out of control.
Fear is a negative reaction to external forces. Faith is a confident response rising from an internal force…the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified)
7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well balanced mind and self-control]
Pop Up Storm Big Ideas
- Pop Up Storms cannot be avoided but they can be prepared for.
- Garden your heart so the Kingdom of God can grow to be a force in your life.
- Respond in faith not fear understanding Jesus is in the your boat.
- Nothing and no one is outside Jesus’ authority or jurisdiction.