Being Human
September 10, 2023

Being Human: Rest

The Rev'd Dr Daniel Rouhead
Matthew 12:1-14

Questions and going deeper resources

Small group questions

Connect Select one 6M to focus on this week, as you orientate whatever you do to Jesus?


  1. Do you find it difficult to prioritise rest over work? Share one time when you felt completely rested.

Read Genesis 2:1-3

  1. Why does God rest? Why do we need rest?
  2. How do you manage to maintain a rhythm of work and rest? What are the barriers?
  3. How does God continue to enable people to rest throughout the Old Testament (see sermon references)? How does the creation account point forward to the ultimate rest that we look forward to?

Read Exodus 16:21-30, Ecclesiastes 4:7-9

  1. Do you find yourself resisting rest? Share how and why.
  2. What cultural, social and personal factors cause people to choose work over rest?
  3. What role does trust play in embracing rest? How can we be like the Israelites who still looked for manna on the Sabbath?
  4. How does dissatisfaction with work contribute to resisting rest? Why does humanity continue to look for satisfaction through wealth and success?
  5. How does the bible witness help you to trust in God and find satisfaction in him?

Read Matthew 12:1-14

  1. What laws did Jesus break during this passage?
  2. How does Jesus justify his actions? What does this teach us about rest?
  3. How does Jesus healing on the Sabbath guide how we rest?
  4. What does it mean for Jesus to be greater than the Temple and the Lord of the Sabbath?
  5. How do we find rest in Jesus? What habits are helpful for you?
  6. Share how prayer helps you to rest in Jesus? Share how placing your future in Jesus’ hands helps you to rest? Share how allowing Jesus to lead you and shape you helps you to rest?
  7. How can you help others experience rest?

Apply How can you use your rest times this week to draw closer to Jesus?

Loving Father, in Jesus we find our rest. Thank-you that you’ve created us both to work and to rest. Help us to find the right rhythm for our lives, let our restless souls find peace and rest in you alone. Amen.
Going deeper resources

On Your Front Line this Week

At the door (or entry point) of your main frontline, stop for a moment and commit that place and your efforts to the Lord Jesus. 

For Families

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Series Resources

Watch: “Being a Body: With Sam Allberry” by Single Minded Conference: https://vimeo.com/showcase/9809873

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