As we return to Hebrews 4, we continue with the writer’s explanation of why unbelief brought about a denial of rest to those under Moses. The rest that faith in Jesus brings must be our pursuit.
Psalm 95 reminds us of this incident. We turn to the hymn “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”, where Wesley calls on Christ to “Let us find our rest in Thee”. Our reading in Revelation describes the kind of rest available to God’s people.
The beautiful modern hymn “For All The Saints”, who from their labours rest, captures the ideas of Revelation 14. Our second reading from Matthew 11 has Christ offering a special kind of rest to those burdened down by Pharisaical laws.
We take our own burdens to the Lord in prayer, and then turn to God in our sacrificial giving and sacrificial hearing. Our hymn as we give is the beautiful “Jesus, Lover of My Soul, which is a stirring description of all the rest we find in Christ.
As we hear and meditate on Hebrews 4:1-11, we respond to Christ as the “Good Shepherd of My Soul”, who makes us lie down in green pastures.
Call to Worship: Psalm 95
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 91 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:12-13
Hymn 293 For All the Saints
Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:25-30
Offering: Congregational Hymn: 321 Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Sermon: Hebrews 4:1-11: The Rest of Faith
Song 17 Good Shepherd of My Soul