Jan 14th - The Rest of Jesus - Matt Smith

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1) Can you think of a time when you took a break or a vacation and afterward, you needed a vacation from your vacation because it wasn't restful? Share with the group your story. Why do you think this was the case?

2) Read the text carefully. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. What words or phrases stand out to you the most and why? What points in the message impacted you the most and why?

3) A yoke is a horizontal wooden bar laid on the neck of oxen. Everyone has a yoke. We are all attached to something/someone that is pulling us in a certain direction. What kind of functional yoke do you struggle with that produces internal and external exhaustion in your life? (i.e. popularity, approval of others, relationships, money, work, being a 'good Christian', the perfect spouse or parent, etc) Would you be open to asking a friend or someone in the group what they observe about your life regarding this question?

4) If Jesus really is our sin-bearer, shame-bearer, guilt-bearer, judgment-bearer then the way we find real soul rest is at the foot of the cross. What do you think keeps you from experientially living in the good of this wonderful promise and invitation that Jesus offers in Matthew 11:28-30? 

5) Matt said, "We will never embrace this promise of rest until we know the one who made it." How could you better get to know the one who extends this invitation to you? How could others encourage you to look more to Jesus and renew your mind with the hope of the gospel? 

6) Is there one specific take away point of application for you either from the message and/or our community group discussion?