Resting in Christ

July, August, September 2021

Want to learn more about Resting in Christ? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 6-part series.

Lesson 1: Living in a 24-7 Society (Matthew 11, Jeremiah 45, Genesis 2)
Has life changed for you? Go back twenty-five years. That was about the time when I first purchased a cell phone and began to use email. The great news was that I did not need to look for a public phone when I traveled, and I did not have to be in my office to send a letter. The very bad news was that I could now be contacted at any time of the day and was expected to respond within hours. Prior to that, who knew when a letter actually arrived at my office? My wife and I had a machine that answered all our calls at home. I had gone from having control over my schedule to entering the 24-7 society. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, then this study is for you! Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and learn more.

Lesson 2: Restless and Rebellious (Numbers 11-14)
Self-examination is sometimes painful. I’ve been a rebel in the past and you may have been one too. Aging may have something to do overcoming a rebellious attitude because young people seem especially attracted to rebellion. The Bible shows us that rebellion is a very old problem. Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 3: The Roots of Restlessness (Galatians 5, Matthew 10 & 23, Luke 12)
Many people look back over their lives and wonder why it did not go better. Some who are younger wonder why others seem to enjoy a better life. Even very successful people feel restless and dissatisfied. How about you, are you satisfied with your life, or do you feel restless? A general feeling of dissatisfaction results from the wrong attitudes. The world calls the right attitudes Emotional Intelligence. The Bible calls it the Fruits of the Spirit. Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more.

Lesson 4: The Cost of Rest (2 Samuel 11-12, Psalms 51)
Last week we looked at some of the Fruits of the Spirit. One we mentioned is “peace,” which is the third fruit. See Galatians 5:22. Does peace have anything to do with rest? I think so. It seems difficult to find rest if you lack peace. Would you agree that giving up practices that “steal your peace” is “cost” of rest? For example, if you agree that showing up at work on time is necessary to hold a job, then giving up staying in bed all morning is one price, one “cost,” of holding a job. All of this suggests that leading a life led by the Holy Spirit is a requirement for true rest. Let’s dive into our study to see if the Bible supports this idea.

Lesson 5: ‘Come to Me ...’ (Matthew 11)
How do you feel about choosing to become a Christian? As the end of the earth gets closer this will be an issue that many revisit. No one likes to be in trouble. No one likes others to insult and abuse them. For many years the mainstream media has slandered Christians as not too smart, not too educated, and easily led. The number of those in positions of authority who are hostile to Christianity is increasing. Is there any reasonable explanation for this? Why are more rejecting Jesus? Our study this week reviews the reasons why we should come to Jesus rather than reject Him. Let’s dive in and learn more from the Bible!

Lesson 6: Finding Rest in Family Ties (Genesis 37, 39, 41 & 50; Ephesians 6)
One of my greatest blessings is that I have an excellent relationship with my family. How is your relationship with your family? In Lesson 3 we discussed what Jesus said in Matthew 10 about bringing division to families. Is the assumption in the title to this lesson wrong? Is my situation rare? If it is possible to find rest in family ties, how do we go about it? Perhaps, it might be more efficient to learn what we should avoid doing. Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and learn more!

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