Posts Tagged ‘Work’

Rest for the Weary

Posted: October 25, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Peace In The Storm Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Top 10 Odd Places to Sleep

Introduction:

  • I’m convinced that many of us have lost the art of resting.
  • We tend to devalue sleep… as if it’s better to sleep less.
  • And we don’t know how to take a break from all the work and distractions in life.
  • We can’t stop and just be… we always need to be doing something. And technology opens the door for us to always be doing something.
  • I think our inability to rest is often something that adds to our anxiety, fear, and stress. We feel that life is a constant storm of busyness, because we fail to take advantage of the good gift of rest that God has given to us.
  • I want to look at a passage tonight where Jesus and the Pharisees clash over what it means to rest.

 Big Idea: Rest is a good gift from God.

Passage: Mark 2:23-3:6

 Main Points:

  • God’s commands are rooted in relationship.
  • Rest is an act of trust and dependence in God.
  • True rest takes work.
  • Jesus provides rest for our souls.

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An Unexpected Meeting

Opening Activity: Dancing Videos from Thanksgiving

Background:

  • We are in a series titled “Out of the Box and Into the Fire.” In this series we are looking at the beginning of Exodus. The series is titled as such because the primary event of the part of Exodus that we are looking at is Moses encounter at the burning bush. I also gave the series this title for two other reasons: #1 We can’t control God and #2 God is in many respects mysterious to us.
  • Two weeks ago we looked at Exodus chapter 1 and talked about how God rules over the good and the bad. We talked specifically about God’s sovereignty and how even though we may not always know why things happen in our life, we can know who is allowing those things to happen and can trust him in the midst of any of life’s circumstances.
  • Last week we looked at Exodus chapter 2 and talked about how God is unchanging in who he is, his plans and purposes for us, and his promises to us. We looked at how Moses’ failure does not cause God to cast him aside and look for a new person to work through and we ended by talking about how prayer moves on unchanging God to change things.
  • This week we come to one of the most well-known parts of the Bible – the account of Moses and the burning bush. In this account we see how God still plans to use Moses to save the Israelites and his purpose for Moses is simply that Moses will obey and trust God. We also see how God is responding to the prayers of the Israelites. Since we have already covered these parts of the story in the previous weeks, we will look new character of God this passage reveals: His holiness

Purpose: To look at how God reveals himself in the first four chapters of Exodus. To show that God is far greater than our minds can comprehend and to combat the desire that we have to fit God into a neat box.

Big Idea: Encountering God alters our lives.

Main Points:

  • The mundane parts of our lives are not wasted
  • God is separate from this world… and yet he acts in this world
  • Encountering a holy God changes us

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The Joy of Work–Prayer and Progress

Posted: October 20, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Redeeming Work Sermon Series
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Redeeming Work:  Connecting Our Work with God’s Work

Part 4:  The Joy of Work—Prayer & Progress

10.20.13

 

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

 

Goal:  Pray for progress and Rest in future restoration.

 

Main Points

  • Prayer connects our work with our God.
  • Prayer releases the power behind our progress.
  • Prayer entrusts the results to God.

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Redeeming Work:  Connecting Our Work with God’s Work

Part 3:  The Reality of Work—Problems & Perseverance

10.13.13

 

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

 

Goal:  Endure opposition to God’s work.

 

Main Points

  • All who desire to live a godly life in Jesus will be opposed.
  • If God has called you to a great work, he will provide you with all the necessary grace to endure it.

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The Necessity of Work–Passion & Planning

Posted: September 29, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Redeeming Work Sermon Series
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Redeeming Work:  Connecting Our Work with God’s Work

Part 2:  The Necessity of Work—Passion & Planning

 

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

 

Goal:  Use our work to serve others and fight against the effects of the Fall.

 

Main Points

  • You are a redemptive instrument in God’s hands to reverse the effects of sin in the world.
  • God has gifted you, impassioned you, and opened doors for you to use your work as redemptive work.

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Legacy Lesson #2

Posted: September 24, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Legacy Lessons
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Legacy:  Connecting Our Work to God’s Work

Week 2:  On Mission Like Jesus

9.22.13 & 9.25.13

 

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

 

Big Idea:  Those who leave a legacy take initiative.

 

Main Points:

  • Nehemiah had a dream.
  • Nehemiah prayed and planned.
  • Nehemiah had an opportunity and took initiative.

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The Essence of Work–Purpose & Partnering

Posted: September 22, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Redeeming Work Sermon Series
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Redeeming Work:  Connecting Our Work with God’s Work

Part 1:  The Essence of Work—Purpose & Partnering

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

Goal:  Alleviate the stress of work by understanding it’s place in God’s story.

Main Points:

  • What Work Is:  Work is an invitation to join God in his mission in the world.
  • What Work Needs:  Work needs rest to be a blessing.

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