Review Romans 12:5 “…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Galatians 6:10 “…let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Psalms 68:6 “God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 92:12-13 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
The value of being connected 1.It Builds Belief Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (NKJV) 2. A Place to Belong 3. All that God wants you to be Review
The value of being connected 4. How to Behave Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” 5. 5. Living Out a Bigger Life Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Review
Mark 4:35-41 & 5:1 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” “Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.”
Mark 6:45-53 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. Mark 6:45-53 continued - For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.
Then and When Are we there yet? Question: What do you do when you're not where you used to be, but you're not where you're supposed to be?
The meantime History typically does not record ‘the meantime’ Mark 5:1 “Then they crossed over…” Mark 6:53 “When they cross…” What do I do in the meantime?
The meantime Acts 26:14 “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Galatians 1:18 “Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.” The meantime matters to God
The meantime There is value and significance in the meantime Mark 6:52 'Their hearts are hardened.' vs.53 'then they crossed over to the other side.' They Stayed In The Boat!
The meantime Ask the question again: What do I do when I'm not where I used to be, but I'm not where I'm supposed to be? Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (NKJV) Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”