How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

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

29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Recall from Sunday:

Matthew 11:25-27 – Jesus invites us like children to receive his revelation…

Matthew 11:28 – …respond to his invitation…

Matthew 11:29-30 – …and grow in his instruction.

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

The religious leaders rejected Jesus because he didn’t fit their expectations for how God was going to work through his Messiah. Would your friends describe you as open-minded? A good listener? What are the benefits and dangers of being open-minded with your beliefs? How can we be open to receiving God’s unexpected work and yet hold fast to our convictions when trouble or opposition come?

The religious leaders burdened people with legalistic requirements (Matt. 23:4), but Jesus calls us to come to him and find rest. What has your journey been with legalism? Have you experienced moments where Jesus lifted a heavy burden of legalism from you?

Learning from Jesus to follow God’s way brings real rest and peace; it’s how we were designed! Have you had an experience where you grew tired of trying to find satisfaction and rest from a sinful behavior and found that obedience to God was truly satisfying?

One way to practice listening to God is to listen to other people who believe differently than you do. Have your group identify people in their lives who believe/behave differently than them. Then try to plan a time to meet with that person to grab coffee. Make a point to listen to them, only asking clarifying or follow-up questions, not trying to change their minds. Listening to them will make them feel loved, and it will help you know how it feels to listen when God may be asking you to do something unexpected.