Sermon-Based Group Study
For the message on October 16, 2022
Passage: Acts 27:1-21
Looking back at your notes from this Sunday’s message, what part of the message spoke to you the most? What encouraged you the most? What challenged you the most?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In the message, Mike gave us some valuable principles to know when it comes to navigating the storms of life. The reality is that we will all go through different kinds of storms in our journey. What is the scariest weather storm you’ve ever experienced?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday we were reminded that some storms are avoidable. If the men on the boat had listened to Paul (who was in tune with the Spirit of God), they would have avoided the typhoon and resulting damage to the ship and loss of cargo. While we often blame others or extenuating circumstances for the messes we make, Mike told us that if would listen to the Lord and follow Him, we could avoid some storms that come our way. As you read the following verses, what truths or principles can you find that can help you avoid some common storms?
Proverbs 22:3 (NLT2)
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Proverbs 13:20 (NLT2)
Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Proverbs 26:27-28 (NLT2)
27 If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead. 28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.
These verses talk about some poor choices that end up bringing trouble into our lives. When have you gone through a storm of your own doing? What could you have done differently to have avoided it?
Why do you think that God doesn’t eliminate many of the consequences of our poor choices and sinful actions even though He forgives us?
2. Mike pointed out that some storms in life are unavoidable. Difficult times will come because we are human and because we live in a broken world as a result of the curse of sin on mankind. Even though these storms will come, what assurances do the following passages give you for enduring them and finding hope?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT2)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Romans 8:35-39 (NLT2)
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT2)
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Do you think you grow in your faith the most in stormy times or tranquil times? Why?
What have you learned about God and yourself from the storms you have been through?
Even though we have all been beaten and worn to some extent by the storms of life, what truths or “life anchors” keep your faith intact the most?
3. What storm is raging in your life right now? How can this group be praying for you?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?