Home Church Resource:
Peace in a Time of Storms
Week 3 (19 April) Mark 4:35-41
- Eat Together: (30 min) We will resume this devotion in person when we are permitted to gather again.
For more connection you may want to schedule a virtual game night or meal with your Home Church for a different day or time in the week.
- Worship & Prayer: (20 min)
Follow this LINK for this weeks Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom
-24-7 Coronavirus Prayer-Pete Greig
We are emphasizing this prayer for the next 6 weeks to disciple people in prayer around God’s character amidst the coronavirus crisis. It also unifies us in prayer with our global 24-7 Prayer family!
We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/a person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now
Link to give online to Navah - Give
- Kids: (Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating, feel free to place this during anytime of the gathering and schedule the time you need )
- Follow this LINK for a full Kids Resources
Consider how you integrate these kids resources from Navah Kids. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun. There is a brilliant resource from 24-7 about creative ways you can pray as a family and would be perfect to integrate here. See the resource HERE
- Care: (20 min)
-Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
Invite each person share brief Hi/Lo (thankfulness and prayer need)
Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who shared.
- DBS: (30 min) Mark 4:35-41
Read the passage, retell the passage, then discover using the following questions:
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
- Additional question- What area of your life feels most overwhelming or out of control during this crisis? Have you struggled with feeling God doesn’t care for you?
- What is something you can do to put this passage into practice this week?
-Is there a sin to avoid? (repent?)
-Is there a promise to believe? (take hold of?)
-Is there an example to follow?
-Is there a command to obey?
See the commentary below for more insight on the passage.
- Communion: (10 min)
Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time- give them a few days heads up if possible
Read short passage-1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Lead them in receiving the elements
Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
- Suggested Closing Prayers: (3 min)
The Lord’s Prayer ( Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)
Lord, we thank You for the promise of Your Presence. We rest knowing that you will never leave us nor forsake us. We ask for ears to hear Your voice above all others at this time. We ask for eyes to see You moving, as work to heal and bring hope to every heart. We ask for hearts to obey, joyfully and immediately, whatever you ask of us. May You be glorified in the healing and restoration of all things. May Your church be strengthened and multiplied on the Earth. Amen.
- Commentary from the passage:
DBS Mark 4:35-41 Short Commentary (Pete Greig)
As we sit in the storm of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are embarking on a journey that none of us have been on before. Yet in this place of uncertainty, there is so much hope we can draw on from the story of Jesus calming the storm.
The disciples have spent the day listening to Jesus’ teaching, where he told a parable about a sower sowing seed – explaining that the seed represents the word of God. It’s suggested that perhaps, Jesus is drawing from Isaiah 55 as he teaches.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth.” - Isaiah 55:10-11
After a long day of teaching, Jesus asks his disciples to take him to the other side of the lake. He says, “Let us go over to the other side.” (v. 35)
The sower sows the seed; the Son of God proclaims the word of God, and says, “Let us go over to the other side.” I once heard an old preacher say that perhaps the reason Jesus seemed angry with the disciples after he had calmed the storm was because they had forgotten his words. The fear they felt in the storm meant they forgot to trust his word, and that his word was true. Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side”. As Jesus said, it was going to happen.
We currently find ourselves in a storm, and it’s in the middle of this that we need to remember the word of God. When the waves come, we have the words of life that we can hide in our hearts to sustain and maintain us as we experience this Coronavirus storm.