Following Jesus Together
November 15: Following Jesus into Rest
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures as we begin to gather in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).
Worship & Prayer (20 min)
“Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom.
We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now. Give Online.
- January LTS registration is open and available HERE
- During the 2019/2020 Faith Fund season, we were privileged to give over $75,000 to see the expansion and multiplication of missions and the most vulnerable amongst us cared for. Here is a chart to show the breakdown of the distribution of funds. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this new 2020/21 Faith Fund season by completing the online form HERE. For more information about how Faith Fund works, please visit this link. Thank you for extending your faith and being part of the Gospel expansion.
- Through Caring for Kids, Navah has partnered with Holliday Elementary (Montessori), a school of 360 kids from pre-K through 6th grade. This is a way in which we can do something active and practical to make a difference beyond ourselves for the Lord in Kansas City. Please listen to this attached one-minute recording from Porsche Seals, the director of Caring for Kids, on the significance of Navah’s partnership: Porsche Seals Video. It is a diverse school near Swope Park on the east side of Kansas City. Please take some time to view their website here. There are 54 staff members, and we as Navah Church are wanting to be an encouragement to them. We have provided snacks for them during parent-teacher conferences by Zoom, as well as supplied journals, bookmarks, and pencils to the kids. Please take some time in your Home Church to pray for the school, as there is substantial pressure on the staff, parents, and kids as teaching is still virtual during this COVID-19 pandemic. They were planning to move to a hybrid model in November, but this has now been delayed due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Please take some time to connect by email and encourage the staff member that you are linked to.
Kids (time varies)
Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! See the resource HERE.
Care (20 min)
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Commentary, DBS, and Additional Questions - Matthew 11:28-30
We are a busy people. It seems we are always finding something to do or planning for something we should be doing. Even if we stop moving long enough to breathe, few of us have actually mastered the art of shutting down our racing minds. Many of us find ourselves on the hamster wheel of life: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The people of Jesus’ day were not very different from us in that aspect. If they had been, perhaps Jesus would not have given such a heartfelt invitation in Matthew 11:28-30. He says “Come to Me, and you will find rest for your souls.” Have you ever been so tired, so weary in life, that exhaustion seems to have settled in the deepest parts of you? Jesus gives us an invitation into a restorative relationship. Communion with God in rest satisfies and yet builds, giving more to our souls. Rest in Christ is not simply unplugging, but plugging into the source of Life. Jesus gives us true rest... rest that He has received in the Father’s care and seen in the Father’s way of being.
The Father Himself has modeled rest for us from the beginning when on the seventh day He Himself rested from all His works. And while it is true He has prepared good works for us, He has also prepared good rest for us. He is serious about rest, and Jesus tells us that deep soul rest is only found under the loving yoke of His leadership. To follow Jesus in all things means following Him into rest.
Imagination Question (3-5 minutes)
- How can Jesus use being under a yoke and experience rest in the same statement? Consider what this looks like together?
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- From the text, is there a sin to repent of, a promise to hold onto, an example to follow, or a command to obey?
- What does rest look like for you? Your family? Your home church?
- How have we understood rest as a part of our discipleship? Does the idea of rest excite you? Does it challenge you?
- What is one way you can implement a new practice of rest with Jesus this week?
Prayerful Close and Consideration
Father, thank You for Your love, and for the way you lead us into rest. You lead us beside still waters, and you make us lie down in green pastures. You restore our very souls. Teach us, Jesus, to be at rest in You. Holy Spirit, please quiet our anxious hearts and minds as we settle into Your presence. Amen.
Communion (10 min)
- Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time - give them a few days heads up if possible
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
Lord’s Prayer Together (2 min)