When You Are Mad At God

Scripture Passage: Mark 4:35-41

When caught in a storm, the disciples turned to Jesus and asked two questions. They asked “Lord, don’t you care?” After Jesus had calmed the storm the asked, “Who is this?” The questions we ask in the midst of a storm are important.

When we’re mad at God, we need to understand what Jesus revealed about God in the storm. Jesus revealed that:

1. Our God is a Powerful God

We must always keep in mind that our God is a powerful God — more powerful than any storm. The fact that He is powerful not only means that He is able to meet your need, but that He has the right to meet your need as He chooses.

Discuss: In what storms have you seen God’s power on display?

2. Our God is a Faithful God
If we lose sight of God’s power then we are also in danger of losing sight of His faithfulness. Before the disciples ever stepped into the boat, Jesus had said, “Let’s cross over to the other side.” That should have been enough. If Jesus said it, they should have believed it.

Discuss: When have you struggled to believe that God is faithful?

3. Our God is a Saving God

Remember that while God may not always choose to calm the storm He is more than capable of calming your heart in the midst of the storm. He knows that there are lessons we can only learn in the storm. God shapes us through storms.

Discuss: How has God used a storm to shape you?

Living Beyond the Law

Scripture Passage: Mark 2:23-28

The trap of legalism is a trap of worshiping the law as well as worshiping ourselves and how well we adhere to the law rather than worshiping the One who gave us the law because He loves us.

There are three lessons from this Scripture passage regarding the codes we live by that help us embrace freedom and forsake the bondage of legalism.

1. The Freedom of Boundaries (v. 27)
Boundaries are a blessing, and the lack of boundaries does not lead to freedom but to bondage.

2. The Futility of Legalism (v. 24)
People have turned helpful tools into rigid religious rules. These helpful tools might be perfect for you, but beware of turning them into rules for everyone.

3. The Finality of Jesus (v. 28)
God is calling us to a life of abiding in the Lord, not a life of abiding by the law.
When you recognize how far you have to go, you will be more gracious about the brokenness of others.

Discussion Questions
• Are you living a life of guilt and judgement because of self-imposed rules? How?
• What healthy boundaries give you more freedom?
• What boundaries have you put on yourself that hinder your relationship with God?
• Are you focusing on your own boundaries and ignoring God’s?

Friends Who Care

Scripture Passage: Mark 2:1-12

This is the story of four friends who did whatever it takes to get their hurting friend to the feet of Jesus.

Remember the Need
The man in the story needed to be healed physically and spiritually. The mission of Jesus is to meet the true need in our lives — forgiveness. To find true fulfillment, we must realizes that Jesus came to heal us spiritually.
Luke 19:10 “For the son of man has come to seek and to save the lost”

Remember the Team
Four men carried their friend. Doing things alone is hard. Doing things with others is easier. We have a team at church and home — fellow believers walking together and building each other up.

Remember the Options
These men could have easily seen the full room and turned around. Instead, they assessed the situation and found an option. When it comes to bringing people to Jesus, remember the options. Never give up on those you love to be healed.

Remember the Savior
These men could not save their friend, they could only bring them to Jesus. Our job is to faithfully share Jesus, God will do the rest. Our job is to share, Jesus saves.

Strategic Conversations: 

• What is forgiveness? Can you give an example of someone forgiving someone else? • • What does Jesus forgive us from?
• As a family, in what ways do you act like a team?
• What are some characteristics of a team? How would you describe a team to someone who have never heard of a team before?
• What are some things you need to work on as a family team? 
• How far would you go to share Jesus with someone? 
• What are some fears you may have with sharing Jesus and being the Light in the Darkness? 
• Who will you invite? Who will you bring to the feet of Jesus? Name one person and pray for them!

Radical Obedience

Scripture Passage: Mark 1:16-20

Mark 1:16-20 tells the story of the calling of four of the disciples. This story can help us understand what radical obedience really is.

Confident Obedience
According to John 1:35-42, Andrew and Peter spent time with Jesus before the day He called them to be fishers of men. Luke 4:38 tells us that Jesus stayed in their home. We don’t follow Jesus blindly; we know Him first.

Progressive Obedience
Peter obeyed Jesus by leaving his nets behind to follow Jesus. If we follow Jesus in the small things, the larger things come more naturally.

Costly Obedience
Mark 1:18 tells us they these disciples their nets and their families to follow Jesus. Real obedience has a cost.

Devoted Obedience
God doesn’t call us to a new set of rules and regulations. He calls us to Him; to be in a relationship with Him. When that relationship changes our hearts, we naturally make changes in our behavior. The love relationship must come before lasting change.

God doesn’t leave us on our own. He is our guide and will stay with us no matter what or where He calls us. At Kingsland, we’ve been challenged to invite others to a relationship with Jesus. Who are you inviting this month?

Discussion Points:

• What area of your life is the most difficult to be obedient in? Why?

• What are some small things you can be obedient in right now?

• What is the hardest thing you ever felt God ask you to do?