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As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between (1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes
God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes
Primary Passages: Matthew 11:28-30; Ps. 63:1-4; Ps. 143
Restoring the Soul Series
Sermon Theme: An Invitation to Soul Rest - Kristen Windle
For each of us it may be something totally different, a vacation, a nap, reading a book, not having any demands on you for a day. Yes all of these things bring us temporary rest, relief, but they fall short in offering lasting rest.
Kristen shared Phil's definition of rest:
Godly Rest: When your heart, soul, heart, and mind are growing in experiencing God's ease, joy, peace, love, delight, hope, and contentment in the midst of turmoil and work.
Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
How does that make you feel? Do you hesitate when you ask yourself that question? Is it comforting to consider the thought of being with Jesus alone and being still or does it cause more anxiousness?
Do you move towards God when you are tired or burned out or do you try to fix your weariness on your own?
What can we learn from King David in the Psalms as when he was experiencing some of his lowest places in his life?
The Gift of Communion With God is Rest.
Do you struggle with being quiet before God? Do you battle the need to accomplish something while in His presence?
Do you allow Jesus to lead? Do you give Him the opportunity to bear the yoke so that you can find rest or do you attempt to bear your burdens alone?
We will never be free of weariness and stress in this life but God offers us rest in the midst of it. As we practice making space for God in our lives, we can slowly begin to experience His rest and His voice is the one we begin to hear above all others.
Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes
Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes