MATTHEW 8:23-27

Verse of the Week

“He replied, “you of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” [Matthew 8: 26]

The Big Picture

In this passage the disciples and Jesus are in a boat on the sea of Galilee. Suddenly a storm comes up that Jesus had to know was coming yet he didn’t get up and stop it. Jesus wanted to teach the disciples that they should have faith to trust Him in every storm. Jesus was resting confidently in the will of His father and He wants his disciples to do the same.

Major Points:

Point 1 - Have faith to trust Jesus in every storm.

We start by trusting Jesus in Faith and we continue in the same way. Once we are saved by God we are instantly justified. After Justification we begin the process of sanctification throughout our lives following Him. Sometimes we face storms and trials of all kinds and sometimes life seems like it couldn’t get any better.  We have to grow by our faith and understand that all things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purposes. Some storms we bring on ourselves by disobedience. Some storms are brought on by Satan and his tactics in the world. As children of God, Co-heirs with Christ we have to know that no matter the circumstance or situation God is using it for our sanctification. Whether we can see it in the moment or not we have to have the faith to seek God in it. We have to stand strong in Who God is and that he ultimately is working everything out for our good and His glory.

Point 2 - The Perspective of the Kingdom

We begin by faith, we grow by faith, and we end in faith. We run this race and persevere in the midst of our storm because through Jesus Christ and his death, burial, and resurrection we have final, eternal, victory. We know that we are saved by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ and through we will face trial and trouble in this world we will have final and eternal victory. The good news isn’t that we are fighting for eternal life and victory but from a place of understanding Jesus has already won. This is where we get our security and joy when we are in the midst of the battle. Philippians 1: 6 says this, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Hold firm to this truth and lean into it when you're in your storm. God started a good work in you and He will bring it to completion.

Question Bank

  1. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?

  2. What is one thing God has shown you in this passage and message?

  3. Is Jesus any less able to help you than He was the disciples in this passage?

  4. Does seeing Jesus’ power and authority in this passage affect you? In what way?

  5. In what ways does this story bring you comfort?

  6. Are you living your daily life from a place of victory? Why or why not?

  7. Who’s one person in your life that you can invite to church or small group?