Surviving the Storm

* a short portion of this message did not record properly, so the introductory notes have been completed and the scripture text is printed below.

Easton’s bible dictionary “Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true.  Its primary idea is trust.” 


Mark 4:35-5:1

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Mark 5:1

1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.

The storm will come _____________________________________________, but our faith should ________________________________________________.

How do I keep my unwavering confidence in God?

Remember who _______________________________________________________.

Remember who’s _____________________________________________________.

Remember He ________________________________________________________.

Remember He ________________________________________________________.

Remember to _________________________________________________________.

___________________  ____________________  _____________________!

Life-Changing Conversations: Overcoming (part two)



How do I prevent people from feeling like a project?

2 Kings 5:1-15   Naaman and Elisha

  1. Do what’s ________________________________________, not what’s  ___________________________________.
  2. ______________________ as you would like to be treated.
  3. ________________________________________________.

What if they have questions I can’t answer?

  1. Tell them ________________________________________.
  2. Try to _______________________________________________ for them.
  3. Keep __________________________________________________________.

How do I deal with being rejected by someone I see often?

Dealing with the fear of rejection:

1 John 4:18a 

___________________ conquers the _________________________________.

Dealing with actual rejection:



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Life-Changing Conversations: Overcoming (part one)

Acts 8:26-38

What if I have an introverted personality?

Strengths:  You tend to be sensitive, thoughtful, patient, a good listener, more dependent on God.

Unique challenges for introverts:





When it comes to sharing the gospel:  Give introverted people a chance to _____________________ things through.

What if I have an extroverted personality?

Strengths:  You tend to be a risk taker, more at ease in conversation, good in groups, and adaptable in social settings.

Unique challenges for extroverts:





When it comes to sharing the gospel: give extroverted people a chance to _____________________ things through.


2 Corinthians 12:7-10. 


Key Idea:  Use __________________ to your _______________________, and _________________________ in your ____________________________.

Life-Changing Conversations: Sharing

1 Peter 3:15

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

Sharing your B.E.S.T. story:

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

John 3:16-18

A good explanation of the gospel should convey:

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

What do I need to do to become a follower of Jesus?




* Invite them to take that step of faith at this time.

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.



Additional Materials:

There is only one Gospel but there are many ways to share itHere are a few suggestions.  It would be helpful to know a few ways to present the gospel to people.  But be sure you can share it well in at least one way!

Romans Road

Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, 13

4 spiritual laws

God loves you and has a plan for you.

Sin has separated you from a perfect, holy God.

Jesus is God’s provision/answer for sin.

Faith in Jesus brings forgiveness and eternal life.


God created us to be with Him.

Our sins separate us from God.

Sins can’t be removed by good deeds.

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died on the cross.

Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life.

Life that’s eternal means we’ll be with Jesus forever.


The Bridge Diagram We are separated from God by sin. We could never reach him on our own.  But Jesus’ death on the cross bridges the gap for us.  We can be with God forever by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord.