Summary: When we choose to follow Jesus, we have peace with God.
Rest in the Lord
July 30, 2017 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: When we choose to follow Jesus, we have peace with God.
Focus Passage: Matthew 11:28-30
Supplemental Passage: Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. (Psalms 37:7 NASB)
Introduction: The driver of a carabao (water buffalo) wagon was on his way to market when he overtook an old man carrying a heavy load. Taking compassion on him, the driver invited the old man to ride in the wagon. Gratefully the old man accepted. After a few minutes, the driver turned to see how the man was doing. To his surprise, he found him still straining under the heavy weight, for he had not taken the burden off his shoulders. [http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/r/resting_in_christ.htm]
I. Rest from your past
a. Forgiveness of sins
b. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NASB)
II. Rest for today
a. And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. (Luke 9:23 NASB)
b. "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." (Matthew 11:29-30 NASB)
III. Rest for Eternity
a. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)
b. His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! … Enter into the joy of your lord. (Matthew 25:21 MKJV)
Application/Invitation: What burden are you still carrying that you should give to Jesus? What responsibilities are you trying to do by yourself that you need to give to the Lord?