Following Jesus in the 21st Century Part 3: Following Jesus Through the Storms of Life

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Following Jesus in the 21st Century

Part 3: Following Jesus Through the Storms of Life

Pastor Elio's sermon notes for Friday July 30th & Sunday August 1st, 2021
“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have!” Billy Graham

“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have!” Billy Graham


There are really two kinds of people in the world: those who are experiencing adversity, and those who are about to experience adversity.

There are really two kinds of people in the world: those who are experiencing adversity, and those who are about to experience adversity.

John 16:33 NLT
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 8:23-27 NLT
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. 27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

1- Difficulties Will Come

1- Difficulties Will Come

Mark 4:37 NLT
37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Psalms 121:4 NLT
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

2- Cry Out to Jesus in the Midst of Our Difficulties.

2- Cry Out to Jesus in the Midst of Our Difficulties.

“Even atheists have moments of doubt. Sometimes, in quiet moments when no one else is around, that individual who seems so confident in his atheism and hatred of Christianity has moments of doubt about his philosophy. When great trials come, he might instinctively turn toward God … or at least want to.” C.S. Lewis

“Even atheists have moments of doubt. Sometimes, in quiet moments when no one else is around, that individual who seems so confident in his atheism and hatred of Christianity has moments of doubt about his philosophy. When great trials come, he might instinctively turn toward God … or at least want to.” C.S. Lewis

Psalms 91:14-15 NLT
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.

“When God lays people on their backs, then they look up to heaven.” T. Watson

“When God lays people on their backs, then they look up to heaven.” T. Watson

3- God has His Purposes in the Difficulties of life.

3- God has His Purposes in the Difficulties of life.

Matthew 8:26 NLT
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

Where there are no trials in life, there will be no triumphs.

Where there are no trials in life, there will be no triumphs.

It is in the difficult places of life, the dark valleys and the steep paths, where we learn and discover truths we couldn’t learn anywhere else.

It is in the difficult places of life, the dark valleys and the steep paths, where we learn and discover truths we couldn’t learn anywhere else.

Psalms 23:1-4 NLT
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walkthrough the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

1.Correcting Storms

1.Correcting Storms

If it’s a storm of your own making, you will face the consequences of your own actions.

If it’s a storm of your own making, you will face the consequences of your own actions.

2. Protecting Storms

2. Protecting Storms

3. Perfecting Storms

3. Perfecting Storms

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Romans 8:29 NLT
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 10:38 NLT
38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”

“God’s up to something big. How can I showcase Him to others?” Joni Erickson

“God’s up to something big. How can I showcase Him to others?” Joni Erickson

Isaiah 43:2 NLT
2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Jude 24, “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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