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    Jesus Teaches How to be Gentle

    March 23, 2022
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    From the Pastor

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

    Learning to be gentle is so important for a follower of Christ. Gentleness defuses conflict. It disarms critics. It’s persuasive. It’s attractive. It communicates love.

    Most importantly, gentleness makes you more like Jesus. Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (NIV).

    Wait. Does this mean that the stress and pressure you’re feeling in your life are because you are not gentle? Yes. Because the Bible says that the more Christ-like you become, the more gentle you become and the more at rest you will be.

    Do you want to be at peace? Do you want to be like Jesus? You can’t just walk out your door and force yourself to be gentle. You can’t manufacture gentleness, because inside you’re still going to be under stress. It’s got to be an “inside” job. It has to be the fruit of God’s Spirit inside you.

    I don’t know what burden you are carrying, but I do know the answer to your stress. Jesus wants you to take his yoke upon you. This means he’s going to bear your burdens with you.

    And when you let Jesus share your burden, you will walk with him in a close relationship. You will learn how to be gentler and humbler. He will exchange your stress and pressure for his rest and peace.

    Talk It Over

    • What does it mean to take Jesus’ yoke upon you?
    • Have you or someone you know ever used the excuse that you’re just not a gentle person? What other learned traits do we sometimes treat like they are inherent?
    • Have you become gentler since you became a believer and received the Holy Spirit? What other differences have you seen in your life?


    All Church Lunch: Please join us as we say goodbye to Pastor Mike and Kelly. We will be collecting a love offering and cards, as well as having a church potluck in the FLC immediately after service on April 10. Please bring two sides and a dessert, if you are able!

    Men's Lunch: Men meet for a time of food and fellowship every 1st Tuesday of the month at noon at Flat Tire Diner (4700 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory).

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    Youth Bunch to Lunch will be every 2nd Sunday. Teens will meet after worship for lunch and fellowship.

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    • in the Children's Department.
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    Debbie Woodard leads the Young Adult class in person and via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join.
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    OH|KIDS CHURCH. K-5th grade kids will gather in the sanctuary at 10:00am for worship then go downstairs for OH|Kids church.

    Coffee & Community Bible Study every other Tuesday at 9:30am in the Coffee Shop. Next meeting is on March 29.

    YOUTH GROUP meets from 6-8pm. The first hour will be games and snacks and the second will be the Bible study.

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