"Keeping God FIRST" (#3 RESTING in Jesus)

Sermon Date: 
Jan 15 2017
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Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

INTRODUCTION
What do you see happening in our world today revealing we are living with restless souls? What ways do we try to fill the longings in our hearts?

1.Give examples how we RUN for the next best thing.

2.How do we become RECKLESS in our ways?

3.Are people becoming more demanding seeking entitlement for one's personal RIGHTS based on their desired preferences?

4.What might all the vast ranges of RELIGION tell us about our soul's longing?
(Read Romans 1:19-20)

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 62:1-2;Matthew 11:28-30
What thoughts / ideas come to your mind when reading these verses?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Jesus says, "COME TO ME" as an imperative command. He's saying, "Have faith in me now. Trust in Me now." In context the people around him were carrying the burden of all the religious laws in order to draw close to God. Jesus is offering divine rest that is found in no one else! He is offering His personal rest for your soul. This means He is also asking the people to cease from carrying their heavy burdens.

5. What does Jesus ask of us to do in order to receive rest & peace for our souls?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
A YOKE is this wooden frame that joins two animals together. Note, Jesus not only invites you to Himself but is saying, "Let's journey life together. And by the way, all the requirements of the law, and the sacrifice for your sins including your guilt and shame, I'll carry that part. You carry the grace I've given you so you may learn from My ways. This will draw you into the Father's presence."

IN CONCLUSION

6. What steps are you willing to take in order to bring Jesus' spiritual rest and peace into your soul?

"The believer who is confident of God's providence, who rests in His grace, who relies on His Holy Spirit will experience the miracle of His quieting peace." - H.G. Bosch

"Yet still man, this small portion of creation, wants to praise you. You stimulate him to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you." - Augustine

In His Peace,
Pastor Trevor