Preparing for Worship // April 30, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 30, 2017

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be free of weariness? To go to bed each night feeling tired but content and wake up the next morning feeling rested and rejuvenated? Have you ever thought, “If only I had one less thing on my place, then I would have so much more energy”? Have you ever wondered what it would be like not to be overwhelmed by the busyness of life? One of the reasons God gave us the Sabbath is so that we might have one day each week to put aside the stresses of work and to rest in His presence, to give us a taste of what true rest feels like.

The passage that we read last week ended with these encouraging words, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Immediately on the heels of this statement, Matthew inserts these two stories about Jesus’ activities on the Sabbath that we will be reading this week. The point is this: when Jesus promises to give us rest, one of the ways He does so (and the primary way He gives us physical rest in this life) is through the weekly Sabbath rest. The Sabbath is not meant to be a burden (although it often feels like one); it is meant to be a weekly chance to enjoy the rest, both physical and spiritual, that Christ offers us through Himself.

Are you taking advantage of this weekly rest? It’s amazing how difficult it can be to put aside our labor for one day each week in order to enjoy the rest that God offers us. We are so starved of rest that we don’t know how to set aside our work when the opportunity is given to us. But we need rest. We need the rest that Christ offers. So this Sunday put aside your work and come to Christ for rest.

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 12:1-13
Sermon: Avoiding Sabbath Apathy

SONGS

Come Ye Sinners (Indelible Grace)
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O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Indelible Grace)
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Lord I Need You  (Matt Maher)
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Psalm 62 (Aaron Keyes)
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Song of Preparation: O Day of Rest and Gladness (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Response: Jesus I Am Resting Resting
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