Who is this man? Jesus, Fear & Faith (Mark 4-6) // Week 11
Updated: May 9
Published for Week 11 Semester 1, 2020
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Speaker: Rowan Kemp
Series: Beyond Opinion: the Truth of Jesus
There are some friendly tips provided along the way, feel free to ignore them if you're already on the ball but if you need some suggestions they're there to help :)
We heard some faculties wanted a slide deck, so we have provided one in the link below. There's still a bit of work to do for the slides and feel very welcome to modify the slides to best suit your faculty needs :) Unfortunately, the videos aren't already embedded in the slides bc the video links haven't been made public yet, but there are some instructions there to help you embed the videos onto the slide :)
Link to slide deck:
As you all know, at EU, as seen in objective 3, awareness, prayer and support for the Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR) plays a huge role in what we believe. As such, a suggestion is to include a short LRLR segment during faculty gathering time. Of course, I'm sure many faculties have missionaries you as a group or individuals in your group support and we encourage you to continue sharing and praying for them or even invite them along (shout out to The Con!).
However, if you're a bit time and resource poor, DW! We've included a country below and in the slides which you can share and pray for :)
When you think of Malawi maybe you think of the second LR, Less Resourced. After all, Malawi is an African country where 50.7% of the population live below the poverty line and 25% live in extreme poverty (Malawi - International Monetary Fund).
However, praise God, for despite this, Malawi is blessed with a population where 76% of the population identifies as Christian. That being said it is still very much a Less Reached country with only 19.6% of the population identifying as Evangelicals (OperationWorld). So although the seeds are sown there are still many blessings and barriers we can pray for to encourage our BASICs in Malawi!
1. The grip of poverty: low levels of finances, education, AIDS prevention and broken family life can hinder effective ministry and discipleship. Christian resources, the bible itself especially, is always needed and valued for use in many schools, churches and the wider community.
2. COVID-19: Malawi has 43 confirmed cases of COVID and 3 deaths. Pray for missionaries here and around the world who are struggling with anxieties concerning health and travel restrictions. An encouraging story from Pete and Jo Ong (missionairies), is an outreach ministry based on sewing (called Tiyamike), has grown over time and is now hard at work, loving their local community by sewing masks. The local team is also aiding hospitals and producing info-graphics on caring for yourself and others.
3. Blessing of Christian Radio: The national broadcasting network regularly airs Christian programmes. TWR now broadcasts 24/7 from Lilongwe along with six other private local Christian stations, including the African Bible College and FEBA.
Of course there's still much more and many other countries to pray for. If you're curious some further resources can be found at:
Friendly Tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have too.
Heavenly Father Lord,
We give you praise for you are an awesome God, ruler and creator of all things. Thank you Lord for sending us your son Jesus that we can have a living hope in his death and resurrection. Father, forgive us when we turn away from you and decide to live our own way, give us strength to keep our eyes fixed on your good instruction as we go about our lives.
Lord, we uplift to you our World, especially in light of Covid-19. We pray that you give scientists around the world wisdom as they persevere in finding a vaccine. We pray for governments around the world, continue to give them wisdom and a loving heart for the people they serve and give us, their citizens hearts of obedience to listen to their rules and regulations surrounding Covid-19.
Lord we know you are sovereign over all things, help us to take strength in this during this difficult time. May it not be a barrier to us proclaiming your name but may it be an opportunity for us as your followers to share your love and your good news to those around us, to our friends and family, to the lost on campus and indeed to the whole word.
Finally God, thank you for technology, for this space, for this time we have to meet together as a group to have fellowship as we delve into your word. Give us ears to listen and hearts to obey as we hear from Rowan on your Word in Mark.
In your son's name we pray,
Bible Reading: Mark 4:35-41 (NIV)
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Pre-talk Discussion Questions
Friendly Tip: Rowan has prepared a short pre-talk question (below) for members to discuss. If you have time and capacity to discuss it, could split people up into breakout rooms sometime before the talk to discuss for a few minutes. So people have the question, the host can also broadcast the questions to all breakout rooms via chat :)
Finish this sentence: ‘It’s a bit embarrassing, but I’m really scared of…’
Friendly Tip: The Video is 20 min long so please allow that much time in your schedule. Feel free to play it from here or from the slides too. It may be wise to try and have a host on your team who has decent internet connection.
If you feel there'll be a problem, then feel free to message someone on the PM team and we can arrange for the mp4 video files to be shared with you weekly :)
[we just thought it'd be wise for the file to not be available on a public website lest any unwanted, editing occur. Hope you understand :)]
Friendly Tip: This week Rowan has prepared something special for us! He's pre-recorded a panel discussion to watch in smaller groups to encourage thoughts on his talk and the questions below. So once again, If you have time and capacity to discuss it, you could split people up into breakout rooms sometime after the talk to watch the video and discuss for 10-15 min combined :)
A. Watch the pre-recorded panel discussion in smaller groups or together if you think that works better (5 min).
The link to the youtube video will be in the slides but if you decide its best to watch it in breakout rooms, the link is below so you can forward it to breakout rooms to watch together via share screen or individually. https://youtu.be/ttzaIhPGErg
B. In your breakout rooms, answer the questions below. Of course feel free to modify or add or subtract questions as you desire (5-10 min)
1. Were there any points made in the video that stood out to you?
2. How might trusting in Jesus address some common fears, eg.:
o Fear of failure?
o Fear of missing out?
o Fear of conflict?
o Fear of sickness?
3. What questions are you left with from this topic?
Anthony has prepared a lovely video to update us on AnCon so please factor in 2 min for his sharing spot and 3 min for the Official AnCon Trailer and maybe a 1 min short plug (6+ min total). As you guys probably know, AnCon is guaranteed to be an amazing experience and the AnCon team has been working real hard at making it just as amazing again this year, so encourage people to come! Would love to see heaps of people there :D
Official Ancon Trailer
What: AnCon20: Unshakeable - Jesus' Kingdom of Life and Peace
When: 27-30 July
Where: In your house!
Cost: Check back in next week!