Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, July 15, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

NEW Series: PAUSE: Don’t Just Stop

SERMON TITLE: BE STILL

 

MEETUP WEEK #3 Format: “UP” Questions

Our “UP” week focuses on Specifically on growing closer to God, and would be considered a traditional picture of discipleship and bible study, as well as opportunities for “Evenings of Worship.”

 

This week’s message is about the art of “Being Still” which is a completely appropriate approach to our intimate time with God.  This week, whether in prayer or worship, make every effort to practice being still.  Give your group the opportunity to be still during your time together.

 

REST is defined as, “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.”

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: Your level and ability to achieve and maintain stillness is directly connected to your level of intimacy, obedience, and fearlessness.

 

4 QUESTIONS:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • What is your favorite beach and shore to visit?  What is one of your favorite parts of it?

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • What parts of the scripture passage from Psalm 46:8-11 & Mark 4:35 – 41 stood out to you?  What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? What does this passage teach us, in verse Psalm 48 about the concept of, “Be still and know that I am God”?

 

Question #3 (GENERAL):

  • Is there anyone in your life that you trust completely and implicitly? If so, describe that person (without naming them).  Are you able to trust God in the same manner (completely & implicitly)?  Why or why not?

 

  • Who is the greatest listener in your life?  Describe the person (without naming them).  Are you able to listen to God in the same manner that your friend listens to you? Why or why not?

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • As a group, silently take a few moments and answer the question, “What am I afraid of?” Don’t limit yourself to only one area of your life, but examine multiple aspects of your life that contains fear, and list those areas.

 

  • If “true courage comes with a pillow at the stern of the boat,” how can you practice that type of courage in the upcoming week, especially in regards to some of the fears you just listed?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ Psalms46:8-11ESV

“Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah”

 

PLEASE READ Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV) – Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES

– Humanity can not stay still.

– Learn to be still through the Sabbath (rest through God)

– Teaching you to be disciples, not just Bible scholars

 

REST is defined as, “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.”

 

What happened that day in Mark 4?

… Mark 4:1 said He began to teach by the sea… [Set up***]

-He got into a boat, and sat in it on the water, and had the multitude (his disciples, the congregation, everyone who was interested) facing the sea

 

– Jesus was teaching with the sea behind him.

 

 

– Was teaching a lesson on the shore before they were going to be on the sea.

Transitions

– What he teaches on the shore prepare you for the sea.

-Jesus was teaching through a few parables (A story that you can derive principles from)

 

– The bible says that He continued in parables to the multitude:

 

– Parable of the sower (“some seed…”)

– He explains the parable that the seed is the Word aka the Truth, and three things will rob you of the Truth = A Bad Satan, Bad Soil, or A Bad Situation, but those who are good soil (work*)

 

– Light Under a Basket Parable = you gotta use it!

 

– Parable of a Mustard Seed (“…so that the birds may nest under it’s shade.”  It’s not just about you)

 

Mark 4:34 (NKJV)

34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples

 

– Sometimes in the middle of the lesson we don’t understand what is going on.

– We get the explanation later when we are alone with Jesus.

– Jesus was preparing them for the sea.

 

– It is in the stillness that we grow in the knowledge of who He is.

 

1.) Your level of stillness is connected to your level of INTIMACY (Trust).

– They had enough knowledge to go to JESUS, but not enough knowledge to know He cared.

– We know God enough to pray and go to him in the storms, but in the middle of the storms to do we still know that God cares?

 

– Our level of trust reveals our level of true intimacy with Him.

– When I struggle with trust, it is usually also when I am struggling with intimacy.

 

-You can not turn intimacy on whenever you feel like it.

 

– We run to God in the storms.  It is harder to go to God in the sunshine.

– We pray more in storms than we do in sunshine.

– Intimacy takes consistency.

 

2.) Your level of stillness is connected to your level of OBEDIENCE (Listen).

– If you can not listen, you can not obey

– We don’t stay still enough to hear God – we are constantly talking over God.

– It is in the moments that we stay still, that we learn that He is God.

 

– God doesn’t speak in suggestions. (Not indecisive)

– God knows ALL (Omniscient)

– Distracted by our busyness

– Are you interruptible?

 

3.) Your level of stillness is connected to your level of FEARLESSNESS

– Any and every fear-based decision in your life is contrary to the will of God.

 

– Disciples filled with fear because they did not know how to be still.

– When we pause and are still is when we learn to live a fearless life.

 

– God did not give you a spirit of fear.

– At the core of all anxiety and anger is fear.

– What is that I am afraid of…? (It is not God’s will)

 

– God wants to get you to the other side of your situation.

– God will heal you of the fear and anxiety before he takes you to the other shore.

– God cares more about the condition of your heart than your storm.

 

– Fear brings out all of our defense mechanisms.

– Sometimes we need to be stretched to start working on our healing.

– Fear will tense us up, but being still will loosen us up to help us get to the other side.

 

– True courage is being still in the storm.

– True courage doesn’t come with as sword, true courage comes with a pillow at the stern of the boat.

 

– Don’t let the truth be robbed by the suddenly situation.