Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, June 3, 2018
FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ
Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado
NEW Series: PAUSE: Don’t Just Stop
SERMON TITLE: Stop Being BUSY
MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: REST is defined as, “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.”
Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):
- – Name and describe an activity you find relaxing.How often do you get to do this activity? If it is not frequently, how can you increase its frequency?
Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):
- – What parts of the scripture passage from Matthew 11 stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? What does this passage teach us about “REST”?
Question #3 (GENERAL):
- – At the heart of this week’s message is the question, are you ‘busy’ or are you ‘fruitful’? What are your keys to transforming the areas of busyness in your life to being more fruitful?
- – Pastor Mike defines RESTas “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pausesin life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.” What part of this definition is most encouraging to you? What part of the definition is most challenging for you?
- – Pastor Mike shared the insight, “When we pray for something we already have, we rob the joy of God answering the prayer.” Is there anything that God has already provided or answered, but you continue to pray about it?
Question #4 (ACTION):
- – This week make a “Time of Your Life” Chart that accurately reflects how you spend the hours in your month (You start with 720 hours in a month). Before you begin your chart, list your top five priorities in your life. You can use Pastor Mike’s chart as a starting point, which leaves you with 280 hours to chart for the month. In addition, does this chart reflect your written priorities? What is one way you can get closer to better reflecting your priorities?
PS – Last week you were encouraged to do a “PRIDE INVENTORY” – were you able to complete it? If so, were there any insights or revelations that you would be willing to share with your DMC?
Matthew 11:25-30 (ESV) “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor are and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””
Matthew11:28-30 (MSG) ““Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.””
THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES
– “If you keep trying to carry the world on your shoulders, you’ll eventually throw out your back.”
SABBATH: To Cease, stop, pause – temporary (Keep Holy)
– Rest is found in relationships. Work and rest can coexist.
Q: Are you busy or are you fruitful (productive/producing)?”
– The phrase “the Lord of the Sabbath” is found in Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, and Luke 6:5. In all three instances Jesus is referring to Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath or, as Mark records it, “The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28). In these verses, Jesus is proclaiming that He is the One who exercises authority even over the rules and regulations that govern the Sabbath day.
– God created Man on the 6thDay, and created the Sabbath on the 7thDay – therefore the first day that man spent with God was on the Sabbath – a day of rest.
REST: The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.
– You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
GET SOME REST:
1.) CRASHING ISN’T RESTING
– Rest needs to be intentional
– Systems of rest – not a destination
– Laying Down vs. Sitting Down
Proverbs 27:1 (ESV) “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
2.) WE START WITH REST, IT CANNOT BE A DESTINATION.
Psalms 90:12 (ESV) “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
“The TIME of your life” Chart
– SLEEP 8 HOURS x 30 DAYS (240 HOURS) = 480 HOURS LEFT
– WORK 40 HOURS x 4 WEEKS (160 HOURS) = 320 HOURS LEFT
– EAT 2 HOURS x 30 DAYS (60 HOURS) = 280 HOURS LEFT
Q: WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR 280 HOURS?
– Time Stewardship (Not Time Management – time keeps going regardless)
– “When you pray for something you already have, you will never have the joy of a prayer that is answered.”
3.) REST CAN BE FOUND IN EVERY SEASON BUT IT MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT.
– Rest only comes from God (Do with God, not for God)
– When we take the initiative to rest, God will bless our initiative.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV) “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”