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 13-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!

Lesson 7: Rest, Relationships, and Healing (Genesis 42-46, 50)
Last week studied the dysfunction in Joseph’s family and the terrible results of that awful relationship. Joseph suffers, but God blesses him. God’s blessing might not be completely obvious to the ordinary bystander. But, we see God’s hand in Joseph’s life. How does a righteous person, like Joseph, respond to deliberate, terrible evil done to him? What does it mean to truly forgive? How can we move to a place where we forgive and have rest? Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 8: Free to Rest (Mark 2, 1 Kings 18)
How many times has someone come to you for help, and you realize that something is not right? What they think they need is not really what is needed. For example, some one comes to you (once again)to borrow money. What that person more likely needs is a budget, self-restraint, or a better job. Our lesson this week looks at two stories in the Bible that illustrate getting to the root cause of the things that bother us in life. Finding the root cause is important to finding true rest. Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 9: The Rhythms of Rest (Exodus 20, Matthew 12, Romans 14)
I love the Sabbath because I value having a weekly day of rest. Since I like to keep busy and do constructive things, I end up with many deadlines in my life. One of them is writing this lesson every week. Much of my work is something that I don’t think should be performed on Sabbath. The result is a guilt-free day of rest regardless of the deadlines bearing down on me. Have you noticed that many people seem to turn things upside down and make the Sabbath a burden, rather then a rest? Let’s plunge into our study and see what the Bible teaches us about the proper approach to the Sabbath!

Lesson 10: Sabbath Rest (John 5, Exodus 31)
Last week we spent time studying Jesus’ teachings on the Sabbath as found in Matthew 12. This week we continue our study of how, exactly, Jesus kept the Sabbath and what He taught about our approach to the Sabbath. Let’s dive into the Bible to learn more!

Lesson 11: Longing for More (Hebrews 4)
Hebrews 4 takes our Sabbath rest to a new dimension. It brings to our attention that our Sabbath rest is more than a weekly rest. It seems to be more like a state of mind. In recent years, I have read some who argue that the Hebrews 4 “Sabbath Rest” means that we no longer need to follow the Fourth Commandment’s weekly rest on Sabbath. Oddly, they believe in a weekly rest, but because of Hebrews 4, rest on Sunday. The logic of this escapes me. Let’s look for ourselves at Hebrews 4 and see what we can learn about its full meaning!

Lesson 12: The Restless Prophet (Jonah 1-4, 2 Kings 14)
How do you react when God takes you out of a role that you enjoy, and places you in a role that you don’t like? Truth be told, the new role makes you very nervous. Prophet Jonah knows a lot about this kind of change. Let’s dive into our study about him and learn more!

Lesson 13: The Ultimate Rest (Luke 21, Matthew 24, Revelation 14)
Right now it seems that in the United States our freedoms are under unprecedented attack. My guess is that wherever you live in the world the feeling is the same. Governments have taken drastic measures to limit personal liberty in light of the COVID-19 virus. While the Bible says nothing that I have noticed about Christians facing problems relating to a virus, I have read Christians who express the view that this recent governmental repression of rights may be a harbinger of the persecution at the end of time. Is this leading us to the “ultimate rest?” Let’s dive into our study of the Bible to learn more about the events leading up to the Second Coming!

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