“What Should We Do?”

Sermon Series: Prepare The Way

Date: December 4, 2022 / Speaker: Spencer Smith

Sermon Discussion

Discussion Guide | Rest | PART 6 | Jesus is Sabbath| Matthew 11:28-30

Gathering Question: 

What are some of the most common ways you see people deal with stress? Think about both positive and negative examples. 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Read Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me all who are weary and burdened…

Think about the three predictable reasons to be weary and burdened: 

You are living in self-destruction (sin). 

You are carrying things that aren’t yours to carry. 

You are living at a pace that you can’t keep. 

  • Which of these predictable reasons most stand out to you? Why? 
  • Can you think of any other predictable reasons to be weary and burdened? 
  • Which of these three predictable reasons do you think is most common? 
  • Which of these three predictable reasons is the most difficult for a person to recognize in themselves? 

…and I will give you rest. 

  • What are some of the most common ways you see people try to find rest? 
  • What are some practical ways Jesus brings rest into our lives? 
  • How have you experienced Jesus’ rest? 
  • What are some ways you’ve found that the sabbath points us to Jesus?

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

  • Following Jesus can be very difficult, yet his yoke is easy and light. How do you make sense of that difference? 
  • When is it most difficult for you to take upon yourself the easy yoke of Jesus? Why?
  • What do you think Jesus is saying to you today through this invitation in Matthew?

Closing Prayer.