Rest is found not in a possession or change in circumstance, but in a relationship with our Creator. Discipleship is not a formula or program, but a relationship with our Creator.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is something from this message that you found helpful, encouraging, or challenging?
- What is discipleship? What does it look like to make disciples, rather than simply converts?
- Pastor Osborne defined rest as “a state of inner calm, tranquility, and freedom from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.” Do you agree with this definition? Is there anything else you would add?
- What tends to hinder you from finding real rest? What helps you? Do you believe that the Messiah is powerful enough to give us rest?
- Why is true rest so important to true discipleship (and vice versa)?
- Read Matthew 11:11-30 and discuss the five requirements for change and growth mentioned in this message. (1. Empowered by God; 2. Product of faith, not works; 3. Begins when we come to God; 4. Found in submission to God’s ways; 5. Matured in ongoing relationship with God) Where do you see each of these in this passage? How do they lead to effective discipleship?
- Spend some time praying that God would give you opportunities to disciple others and/or to be discipled. Pray that God would give you the true rest that is only found in Him.