Summary: Trusting Jesus through lifes storms. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
THE DISCIPLES HAD:
his promise (vs 35)
his presence (vs 38)
his person (vs 41)
• Two explorers were on a jungle safari;
• When suddenly a ferocious lion jumped in front of them.
• “Keep calm” the first explorer whispered.
• “Remember what we read in that book on wild animals?
• If you stand perfectly still and look the lion in the eye, he will turn and run.”
• “Sure,” replied and his companion.
• “You’ve read the book, and I’ve read the book. But has the lion read the book?”
Fear is something we all have or will at times experience:
• Most of us experience it in mild form,
• Some folks experience it in extreme forms.
• Aerophobia: fear of drafts.
• Porphyrophobia: fear of the colour purple.
• Chaetophobia: fear of hairy people.
• Levophobia: fear of objects on the left side of the body.
• Dextrophobia: fear of objects on the right side of the body.
• Auroraphobia: fear of the northern lights.
• Calyprophobia: fear of obscure meanings.
• Thalassophobia: fear of being seated.
• Stabisbasiphobia: fear of standing and walking.
• Odontophobia: fear of teeth.
• Graphophobia: fear of writing in public.
• Phobophobia: fear of being afraid.
• Researchers at Johns Hopkins University;
• Reported that 30 years ago, the greatest fears of school children were:
• Animals, (2) Being in a dark room, (3) High places, (4) Strangers, (5) Loud noises.
• Today, kids are afraid of the following:
• Divorce, (2) War, (3) Cancer, (4) Pollution, (5) Being mugged.
• Fear is something we all have or will at times experience:
• So how do we handle our fears?
• This Passage gives us some good principles to apply.
• When fear comes our way!
Notice: The reason why fear came into the lives of the disciples.
• Verse 35:
• “That day when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
• The first two words in the verse are important links; “That Day” or “That same day”;
• Refer to the teaching Jesus had been giving the disciples;
• You looked last week at some of that teaching contained in chapter 4.
• Jesus taught them on the subject of the ‘Parables of the kingdom’.
• Now he wanted them to move out of the classroom and into the real world;
• Jesus was going to give them an opportunity to put his teaching into practice;
• This was an ideal opportunity to see how much they had really learned.
• Quote: ‘You don’t catch fish in a classroom, you catch them at the riverbank’;
• Learning the theory in the classroom is only ever half the battle,
• The real test comes on the riverbank – when we have to apply it in life!
One of the reasons God allows trials and difficulties into our lives:
• Is for our development and growth as Christians;
• Often it is through difficulties and trials that we grow up and mature in our faith;
• I would suggest that we cannot grow up in our faith without them.
• A wise bird knows that a scarecrow is simply an advertisement.
• It announces that in this field or garden or allotment;
• There are some very juicy and delicious food ready for the picking.
• To the foolish bird it appears to be dangerous and they stay away.
• And remain hungry.
• The wise bird knows that a scarecrow is simply an advertisement.
• Saying; ‘Grub up!’
• If I am wise - I too shall treat the scarecrow as though it were an invitation.
• “Faith is a bird which loves to perch on scarecrows.”
• Linus and Charlie Brown are walking along and chatting with one another.
• Linus says,
• "I don’t like to face problems head on.
• I think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them.
• In fact, this is a distinct philosophy of mine.
• No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from!"
In this passage of scripture;
• Jesus is going to teach the disciples a lesson;
• That they did not even know they needed to learn.
• The lesson is you don’t run away from problems,
• With Christ we are able to go through the storms of life!
• No matter how terrifying those storms seem to appear;
• This passage gives us three principles, three pieces advice;
• In handling life’s storms,
(1). His Promise (vs 35).
“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 3