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  1. Rest is obtained by faith.

  • Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:1-5
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Rest means being caused to cease from striving or work. 
    • 2. When we place our trust on God and not on our own works of self justification, we can encounter the rest that the wilderness generation missed out on. 
    • 3. Faith is more than an intellectual agreement, it means absolute trust and dependence on God and a full embrace of His love for you. 
  • Question for reflection: In what ways are gifts different from rewards? The Bible tells us that our salvation is a gift from God? Why is it important to think of salvation as a gift rather than a reward? 

2. Rest is lost by disobedience. 

  • Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:6-10
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. God models and prioritizes rest.
    • 2. Adam rested on his first day on the “job”
    • 3. Disobedience means walking in self justification and self reliance. 
  • Question for reflection: Sometimes disobedience isn’t as obvious as we’d like it to be. Take time and reflect, what are the areas in your life where you know for a fact that you have allowed yourself to give way to disobedience? What do you need to do today in order to move closer towards the LORD’s rest? 

3. Rest is discovered by being in The Word. 

  • Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:11-15
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Sin will keep you from the word. The word will make you aware of subtle sin.
    • 2. The word will give you the why behind the what. 
    • 3. The word of God reveals your hidden motives. 
  • Question for reflection: What are your biggest challenges for committing to regular Bible reading? Is there anything you can easily change to help ensure your regular Bible study isn’t neglected? 

4. Rest is the sum of mercy and grace. 

  • Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:16
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Quit your self-justifying good works.
    • 2. Our souls will always be restless until we find our rest in Him, 
    • 3. A person in God’s rest will walk in complete peace with God and in freedom from self-reliance. 
  • Question for reflection: What or who made it possible for us to “…come boldly to the throne of grace…”? Why are mercy and grace so essential in the life of a follower of Jesus? 

5. The Son offers Rest.  

  • Scripture reference: Hebrews 4:16
  • Leader Notes: 
    • 1. Rest is a person. 
    • 2. That person is Jesus. 
    • 3. Respond to him today. 
  • Question for reflection: What is keeping you from fully embracing the finished work of Jesus? 

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?