the big idea
We live in a busy world. A world where technology is supposed to make life easier. A world filled with countless productivity tools and apps. But we’re weary, tired, burned out. Multitasking doesn’t come naturally. Neither does a devotional life. In a world where our bodies are tired, our minds are distracted, our emotions are frazzled, and our souls are starving… what do we need more than anything else? We need to spend time with God. Rest for the Stressed is designed to help you do this.
The messages for the next four weeks are based on Psalms, which are songs in the Bible that people have turned to for thousands of years in times of trouble and to help them guide their prayers to God. The goal of this series to help us all recognize through faith that temporary comforts we seek on Earth are given to God as blessings, but they should never overshadow the eternal comforts of eternity that are promised to us through the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross.
Overview of the Series
August 12: Soothed
Lord, I look at the people around me and their lives don’t make sense to me. Everything seems to go right for the people who don’t give You a second thought. But those who cry out to You, who build their lives on Your Word, face all kinds of struggles and trials. What am I missing? Help me to see through Your eyes.
Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:4-14; Hebrews 12:5-11; Luke 13:1-5
Sermon Text: Psalm 73
August 19: Refreshed (Preacher: Pastor Bill)
Lord, what’s my focus? When I focus on this world, its expectations, its demands, its lies about what will truly satisfy, I feel like I wither. But when I sink roots into Your truth, Your message of peace and hope and love, I finally feel refreshed.
Scriptures: Isaiah 55:8-13; 2 Peter 2:1-10; Matthew 7:13, 14, 24-29
Sermon Text: Psalm 1
August 26: Safe
Lord, more and more I realize how little I truly know and understand about myself. I thought I knew what drives me. I thought I had a good understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. But the more I live, the more I understand how little I even know myself. It’s unsettling. But Lord, You truly know me. Teach me so that I can grow in my relationship and feel even safer with You.
Scriptures: Isaiah 43:1-31; Romans 8:28-39; John 10:27-30
Sermon Text: Psalm 139
September 2: Recharged
Lord, I’m tired. I know I should tell others about You and strive to live up to Your standards, but so many other things take energy that I don’t often make Your will a priority in my life. Help me to get recharged through Your promises and give me strength to proclaim Your name to all the world.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Matthew 6:19-34
Sermon Text: Psalm 19