Sermon Bible Study Guides
Jesus Calms the storms
Read Mark 4:35-41
- Describe the scene, who is there and what are they doing?
- What do the disciples presume is going to happen?
- What does their question to Jesus show?
- Consider Jesus questions to them.
- What do his questions indicate?
- How do they respond and why?
- What do our fears reveal about us?
- How should our faith affect our fears?
- What fears are you currently wrestling with and how does Jesus relate to them?
Read Mark 5:1-20
- Describe the scene; how does it compare or contrast with the storm?
- What does Jesus say/do/command?
- How is this different than previously and why?
- How does the man with a demon respond to Jesus and why?
- What else happens as a result of Jesus calming the demoniac and why?
- How does this scene answer the question asked in 4:41 - “Who then is this…?”
- What do these passages reveal about Jesus identity and character?
- How can we relate to the disciples in the storm and the demoniac?
Praising God for his justice
Read Habakkuk 3:1-16
- How does this passage describe God? What are some of the actions God is described as doing?
- What is Habakkuk's response to this 'report' of God's work? What does he feel in response to hearing these things? (v. 2, 16)
- What is Habakkuk’s prayer in light of this? (v.2)
- What does Habakkuk say he will wait for?
- What is your initial response to this description of the Lord?
- How should the power and destruction God carries out shape the way we think about him? How should it inform the way we pray and live?
Read Habakkuk 3:17-19
- Summarize Habakkuk’s conclusion in this section.
- How is this different from his view of God in Hab. 1?
- What is not the basis of whether he will rejoice? What is the basis of his rejoicing?
- How do we remind ourselves that our joy should be in the Lord?
- Habakkuk takes strength in the midst of hardship because of promises of God that he knows are coming. What promises of the Lord encourage you?