Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, June 10, 2018
FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ
Preached by Pastor Steve Rimikus
NEW Series: PAUSE: Don’t Just Stop
SERMON TITLE: Stop STRIVING
MEETUP WEEK #2 Format: “IN” Focus
Our “In” week focuses on caring for each other in our group, helping provide social opportunities to grow closer to one another through prayer, discussion, or just having fun together.
REST is defined as, “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.”
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA:Jesus encourages us to “strive to enter rest,” but often we find ourselves striving for misplaced priorities than the will of God.
Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):
- Describe a major accomplishment in your life that took great effort on your part to achieve.
Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):
- What parts of the scripture passage from Hebrews 4 stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? How do we “strive to enter that rest”?
Question #3 (GENERAL):
- Robert Horry, an NBA All-Star, nicknamed “Big Shot Bob” for his success in making big game-winning shots said about taking these big shots, “Everything is not on the line, therefore I have nothing to lose.” What if, because of our faith, as well as our rest, we could approach with the same confidence, that in all circumstances, we have nothing to lose – what could you accomplish? Is there an area in your life that needs greater, god-based confidence?
- As we seek and ask for God’s wisdom, God will sometimes re-route us. Describe a time when God re-routed you and what the outcome was.
Question #4 (ACTION):
- As a group, come up with a list of 3 to 5 different ways that you can better “strive to enter his rest” this week. Choose one of the discussed ways that you will commit to attempting before next week.
Please READ HEBREWS 4:11-16ESV
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES
– Often we rest because we have to rest, which is the equivalent of crashing.
STRIVING: Making great effort to achieve or obtain something.
Q: What are we striving to obtain?
1.) Stop Striving to Prove Others Wrong
– Based on negative motivation and creates pressure
– Pleasing others does not always line-up with pleasing God.
– REMINDER: God already approved us.
– Example: Robert Horry on taking big-shots at the end of big games – “Everything is not on the line, therefore I have nothing to lose.”
– Q: What if because of our faith, as well as our rest, we could approach with the same confidence, that in all circumstances, we have nothing to lose?
2.) Stop Striving for RECOGNITION
– It is not about us.
1 Samuel 20:30 -33 ESV
30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” 32 Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death.
– God’s plan is big enough to include everyone.
– God’s plan will come to pass with or without us.
– Even while we are resting, God is still at work
3.) Stop Striving out of IMPATIENCE
– Usually “impatience” always indicates a lack of faith.
– All of our effort, without any wisdom (God’s Plan/God’s Leading), will lead to nowhere (failure / unexpected places).
– Avoid getting pulled off by people who don’t understand where you are with your relationship with God.
4.) Stop Striving with Misplaced Priorities
Mark 10:21 -22 ESV
21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
– Rich Young Man could have been part of Jesus ministry
– Rich Young Man walked away due to his incredible love of money & lack of faith.
– God always has a second chance for each of us.
– Seek Him above all us.
– Strive to enter His rest.