1. Welcome and introduce newcomers to the café
2. Open with a prayer for God’s guidance and presence
3. Ask everyone if they heard Sunday’s message.

August 21, 2022


Pastor Rick—Study Guide

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters. Psalm 23:2 NKJV

Today’s reading is a picture of rest, peace, contentment, fullness, and refreshing.

Why do I need rest?

Without this rest we miss the promise, the good, pleasing and perfect plan of God.

15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice,  don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” 16 And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.  Hebrews 3:15-19 NLT

Without this rest we leave ourselves vulnerable to the thief.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 NLT

Without this rest we are slaves to fear.

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV

-What is this kind of rest?

-This is not rest from work, but rest in work.

-It is a life of harmony, contentment, fulfillment, purpose, peace, and joy, filled with the presence of God.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. 

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

 How do I enter this kind of rest?

Come to Jesus….I need you

Learn from me….I trust you

Take my yoke….  Surrender to me

And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” James 4:6 NLT

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

The Yoke is a choice to surrender to the Authority Of Christ.

The Yoke connects us.

I am at rest, content, full empowered, safe because My poverty is connected to His riches.

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 NLT

My weakness is connected to His strength.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

My emptiness is connected to His Fullness.

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 NKJV

My confusion is connected to His direction.

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. James 1:5-6 NLT

My vulnerability is connected to His protection.

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1 NIV

My inability is connected to His ability.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 NLT

My defeat is connected to His victory.

You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; Psalm 44:7 NLT

The Yoke gives us rest.

I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:29-30 NIV


Current running Spirit Cafés (Bible Studies):

From Sept. thru May, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30p. Meet at Greg Truesdell’s in Lebanon. For more info. on the Men’s Ministry Spirit Café, contact Brent Jividen.

—  Tammy Jennings hosts a Women’s Spirit Cafe twice a month on Monday evenings, 7pm at her home.  Contact Tammy for more information.



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