Prayer = Communication = Rest

Scripture: Romans 8:26 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Serving

Richard Foster writes – when we serve, “The grace of humility is woven into our lives”. Most people know intuitively the act of service, that the ideal of helping others is good and healthy, but do we know why? Are you a ‘Chair Chump’ when it comes to serving in the church? Finding rest by serving seems like a oxymoron. Listen and see how you might find rest in a restless world by serving.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10, John 13:4-5 & 14-15, I Samuel 12:24

Sabbath Rest: The Most Ignored Commandment

We are busier than ever. Monday-Friday, 40 hour work weeks are a thing of the past. We are constantly on our iPhones, even when we aren’t “working.” In fact, some of us even pride ourselves in being busy. So, how do we unplug and find rest in this restless world?

More than ever before, God’s command for us to take a Sabbath day of rest provides the answer. God created the Sabbath day as a celebration of our design, freedom and trust in Him. Though we may all Sabbath slightly differently, it reminds us that it’s not our work that saves us, it’s God’s work. We rest in His work.

Scripture: Exodus 20:8-11 & Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Worship: It’s More Than a Song

What’s so important about “attending church”? Do we really need to? Worship is really more then a song! Don Whitney shares, “There’s an element of worship and Christianity that cannot be expressed in private worship or by watching worship. There are some graces and blessings that God only gives in ‘meeting together’ with other believers.” Worship is more then what the preacher says. This sermon will remind us of the benefits of worshiping together.

Scripture: Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 10:24-25

Reading the Bible: Finding Ourselves in the Story

Stories are at the center of humanity. Good stories move us – they make us feel alive. Christianity says this is because the world is a part of one giant story as told in the Bible. Yet, the Bible isn’t just a story – it’s a real life drama that invites us into the greatest story ever told.

Reading Scripture isn’t just for information – it’s for transformation. We immerse ourselves in the Bible – this grand story of redemption and new creation – so that we can learn the script and play a part in this ongoing story.

Silence is Golden

The martyred Jim Elliott wrote in the 50’s, “I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry and crowds…Satan is aware of the power of silence”. Jesus often took times for silence and prayer… in fact that is where he obtained his strength and wisdom from. We know finding places to simply be still is not so simple. Try to remember to Divert Daily, Withdraw Weekly and Abandon Annually, and most likely you’ll find Rest in a Restless World.

Scripture: Luke 5:15-16

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Fasting: For Who and For What?

We all like to eat, some of us more than others – so fasting is not a popular past time. “Some have exalted religious fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it.” – John Wesley.

While there are many legitimate reasons that some people may fast, we need to remember that fasting is a special tool that allows us to be intentional so we can find a place to listen to God and to what God would like to say to us. Many people are afraid of the subject, yet throughout the bible and church history the people of God and spiritual leaders have fasted.

Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18

Journaling: Tracing Faithfulness

We live in a visual-media saturated culture, our lives are busier than ever…What are we to do? Journaling is a practice that brings us before God and prompts us to a life of intentionality, thoughtfulness and permanence. Through it, we can trace God’s faithfulness in the past, we process the present and we have confidence for the future.

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30; Deuteronomy 7:7-9

Our Body = God’s Temple = Rest

This message begins by asking the questions, how do we find rest, and what is so important about rest? We often feel we can take a ‘rest’ when we accomplish one more task, complete one more project, write one more paper. In our quest to grow deeper in our spiritual life we think we need to perform to high standards. We sometimes translate that to earning God’s love. Yet Jesus says, in Matt 11:28-30, “Come onto me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We don’t often think our rest is tied into how we care for our bodies, yet most of us can work on taking better care of ourselves so God can use us and get the most from our bodies. We don’t need to worship our bodies, rather we need to worship the creator who gifted us with our bodies.

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20