Picture the scene: you’re facing a major crisis that you can’t solve yourself, and your two options for help are the President of the United States and your mother. The president has a lot of power, but he doesn’t know and care about you. Your mother knows and loves you like no one else, but she doesn’t have the power of the president. Who would you choose? What difference would it make if you didn’t have to choose — in other words, what if your mother was the president?
1. Luke 8:22-25. How would you describe Jesus from this passage?
2. What do you think was going on in the minds of the disciples during this boat trip?
3. Why do you think Jesus slept through the storm? Could He have stopped the storm before it even reached them?
4. What did Jesus say about the faith of the disciples? What was He trying to teach them?
5. Have you ever found yourself in a situation like the disciples, where you were in a bad way, desperate or fearful? Where was God in the middle of that situation?
6. How would you think and act differently if you really believed that God is all powerful, but also really cares about you personally?
7. God is so close to us that he knows us better than anyone else. Luke 12:7 says that God even knows exactly how many hairs you have on your head. Do you even know that? What is comforting about God knowing you so well? What is scary about it?
8. God is so big that he could instantly snap his fingers and solve your biggest problems. Why do you think he sometimes doesn’t do that?
9. Think of a challenge you are facing right now. Has this story of Jesus calming the storm changed your perspective about your problems? Can you share?
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