Looking back over your notes, what did you find most helpful, challenging or interesting in this
1. Luke asked us this week to turn off our electronic devices and spend some uninterrupted
time with God and with each other. Did you have a positive experience doing this that you’d
like to share?
2. Everyone has work they like to do and work they don’t like to do. This work could be chores,
responsibilities, or occupations. Please list a few examples in each category.
Work I Like Work I Don’t Like
2. What are some jobs you think everyone hates to do?
1. Luke reminded us that we are designed to rest. All throughout the Bible, God tells us that He
wants us to find rest: in Him, in Christ, and someday in heaven. Please read the following
passages about rest.
Psalm 23:1-2 (NCV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. 2 He lets me rest in green pastures. He leads
me to calm water. 3 He gives me new strength. He leads me on paths that are right for the good
of his name.
Psalm 127:1-2 (NLT)
1 Unless the Lord builds a house the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a
city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. 2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early
morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Did you have any insights reading these verses? Please share.
Can you think of anyone you know that is good at finding rest on a regular basis? What do they
do that works for them?
2. Rest deserves as much priority as work. However, we often give the priority in our schedule
to work. Rest becomes the casualty of a busy lifestyle. Please read the following passage about
a two women: one who neglected rest in her life, and the other who prioritized it.
Luke 10:38-41 (NIV)
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named
Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s
feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to
be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the
work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but
few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be
taken away from her.”
Do you identify more with Martha or Mary? Why?
It’s important to remember that quality rest isn’t laziness. It’s a time to focus on God and enjoy
His provision. How does this apply to Mary? That is, how was her rest quality rest?
Bringing it Home
What do you think is the most important thing to remember from this week?
How can you prioritize quality rest in your life?