Sermon Notes

Mark 4:35-41
BIG IDEA: No matter how turbulent life is right now, Jesus wants to give you stillness and calm.
The world closing In
  • “When evening came”…” -in a very real sense, it is evening
  • We are all in the same boat
An uncommon storm
v.37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
  • Uncommmon anxiety: external and internal
Two Types of Anxiety
1.  Situational anxiety.  i.e.  plane turbulence, a job interview
2.  Soul anxiety  i.e. when you become so overwhelmed, that you question God is trustworthy, whether God cares
Don’t you care if we drown?
  • Peace begins as we are able to name our anxiety
God don’t you care that ________?
  • On the other side of the boat Jesus is sleeping soundly on a cushion
  • Jesus trusted in the care of the Father. He knew the Father cared. And because he knew Father cared, he could rest.
An Invitation to Trust
If God cares so much, why doesn’t he get rid of the suffering in this world?
  • When anxiety wants to take over your life, God says:  Will you trust me? Will you embrace the mystery of faith?
  • Jesus’ response is the essence of the Gospel: “He got up”
  • “Peace, be still”. Would you let Jesus speak over your storm?
Not just for ourselves
  • God gives us peace so that we can be the presence of Jesus to those around us.
  • Just as the virus is highly contagious, and just as anxiety is highly contagious, the peace of God is highly contagious.
 *All shall be well, and all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well.*
Julian of Norwich
How to experience peace
1. Peace is found in a person:  Jesus Christ
2. Peace comes as we practice
  • Prayer
  • Silence
  • Meditation on the Scriptures
  • Being part of a community
The Rebuke after calming the storm
“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
  • Jesus is not asking them to work up their faith.
  • His message to them and to us:  I want you to trust in my love.
Don’t you know that I love you, that I care for you?
Communion: Do this in Remembrance of Me