To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:
During the snow storm this weekend… are you a hunker down and stay in until the snow melts or do you venture out into the snow?
CONNECT (Series Overview)
We are continuing this series called wrecked where we are looking at what we should do when we face storms in our lives. It is inevitable that we will all face these storms, but each of us responds differently during them.
Talk about some different ways people handle storms in their lives.
Even though we each may handle these storms differently, we can all benefit from having some survival tips in our back pocket to help us make it through. In this series we are looking at four survival strategies that we learn from God’s word to help us not only survive the storms but thrive through them. In order to find these strategies we are looking at a storm in the bible found in Acts chapter 27.
Read Acts 27:20
Have you ever been in a storm in life when you have given up all hope?
Last week our survival skill was Stay on the Ship. Even when we feel like we want to give up, we need to stay through it to come out of the wreckage whole at the end. This week’s strategy is Be Still and Chill.
During this storm in Acts 27 we hear Paul’s advice to the 276 people on board to stay on the ship. So they cut the lifeboat, the backup plan, and wait.
Read Acts 27:33-34
What is Paul’s advice and how is it significant for survival in this situation?
Through this simple instruction of eating, Paul is pointing out that panicking, worrying, and stressing about whether or not we are going to hit shore or if we aren’t going to make it doesn’t do anything for us. What they need to focus on and what we can focus on is taking care of ourselves. To be still and chill.
When have you ever worried your problems away?
The word “worry” comes from the Old English word wyrgan and it means to strangle. In Middle English the original sense of the word meant “seize by the throat and tear.”
Describe a time when worry made you feel strangled.
This doesn’t mean that we ignore the storms that we are in or somehow minimize them or their significance. What we are saying is that when we are in a storm and find ourselves panicked, worried, fearful, or hopeless… we need to take care of ourselves by finding times to rest and be still. Sometimes the most holy thing you can do is take a nap. We can’t survive unless we rest.
Read Luke 12:25-26
What is the best ways for you to find time to take a break and seek out rest? (ex. Do you exercise, nap, cook, etc)
What are some reasons that you neglect to find rest or time to be still and chill? (ex. Being a mom, lack of days off, crazy work responsibilities, etc.)
Read Psalm 46:10
In Hebrew the phrase for “be still” is “rapha” and it means to cease striving. This statement is made toward the end of a Psalm that is all about God’s power and what He can do. Read through the entirety of Psalm 46.
What are we reminded about God’s power in this psalm?
Ceasing striving and knowing that he is God starts with our own salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn it, we just need to trust that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, then rose from the dead three days later to show us that He was and is God.
So what do we need to do to give over to God today and say… God, this is really hard for me but I acknowledge that I make a terrible God. I need you to show up and come through in this situation.
Read Acts 27:36
What happened when the people on the boat decided to be still and chill?
As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5