Redeemer Church Riverview
Ten Laws for Life:  Have You Found Rest For Your Soul?”  
November 15, 2020

Ten Laws for Life:  Have You Found Rest For Your Soul?”  

November 15, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE:

          

We Worship God Who Provides Rest

Welcome
Song of Praise “Come People of the Risen King”
Call to Worship Matthew 11:28-30
Song of Praise “Holy Holy Holy”
Confession of Faith Heidelberg Catechism Q. 1
Song of Praise “Holy Spirit”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Confession of Sin 2 Chronicles 7:14
Assurance of Pardon 1 John 1:9
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Scripture Readings Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-8
Song of Preparation “Lord I Need You”
Scripture Reading Hebrews 4:1-13
Dismiss Children
Sermon “Ten Laws For Life: Craig Swartz
Have You Found Rest For Your Soul?”
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”
Benediction

 

Sermon Notes:

Andrew Lincoln:

“It is almost as if the Sabbath commandment were not a part of the Ten Commandments in the early church.”

Cynthia Heimel a columnist wrote:

“I pity the celebrities, no, I really do.

The minute a person becomes a celebrity is the same minute that he or she becomes a monster.

Sly (Sylvester Stallone), Bruce Willis, Barbara Streisand, fervently more than anything wanted fame.

They worked, they pushed, they stepped on the other guy’s face in their desperate need.

The night each of them became famous they wanted to shriek with relief.

Finally now they were adored, invincible.

But the moment after each of them became famous; they wanted to take an overdose of barbiturates.

All of their fantasies had been realized and yet the reality of who they were was still the same.

If they were miserable before there were twice as miserable now, because the giant thing that they were striving for, that was going to make everything okay, that was going to make their lives bearable, providing fulfillment had happened and still that deep sense of restlessness was still there.”

Jesus:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  1.  THE LORD’S DAY IS NOT ABOUT 

Matthew 12:9-14:

He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 

And a man was there with a withered hand.

And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him.  

He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 

 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep!

So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 

Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” 

And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

Kent Hughes:

“The fourth commandment which was meant to enhance God’s people’s love for him and to open them further to gospel blessing; the fourth commandment instead became a relentless burden.

Israel’s great Sabbath day became a day of don’ts.

To be sure, some souls do to their deep devotion managed the day in joyous worship but to many, legalism had murdered the Sabbath.”

Samuel Ginder:

“If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral.”

2.  THE LORD’S DAY IS ABOUT 

Hebrews 4:1-3:

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 

For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Augustine of Hippo:

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Psalm 18:1-2:

“I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Indicators of soul-fatigue:

  • Things seem to bother you more than they should.
  • It’s hard to make your mind up about even simple decisions.
  • Impulses to eat or drink or spend or crave will be harder to resist than they otherwise would.
  • You are more likely to favor short-term gains in ways that will leave you with long-term costs.
  • You judgment suffers.
  • You have less courage. 

Jesus:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

3. the Lord’s Day helps us find

Hebrews 4:1-3a:

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 

For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

For we who have believed enter that rest.

Matthew 11:28-30:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

C. S. Lewis:

“Life with God is not immune from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”

                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                 

 

                                                               

We Worship God Who Provides Rest

Welcome
Song of Praise “Come People of the Risen King”
Call to Worship Matthew 11:28-30
Song of Praise “Holy Holy Holy”
Confession of Faith Heidelberg Catechism Q. 1
Song of Praise “Holy Spirit”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Confession of Sin 2 Chronicles 7:14
Assurance of Pardon 1 John 1:9
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Scripture Readings Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-8
Song of Preparation “Lord I Need You”
Scripture Reading Hebrews 4:1-13
Dismiss Children
Sermon “Ten Laws For Life: Craig Swartz
Have You Found Rest For Your Soul?”
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”
Benediction

                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                  

 

 

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