Simplify – Week 1

1 – Why Do I Say “Yes”?
10/12/16 (HS)


The pace of culture affects our character which leads to chaos.

1. Chaos looks like constant clutter. 

2.  Chaos looks like addiction to speed. 

3.  Chaos looks like multitasking.

4.  Chaos looks like superficiality. 

5.  Chaos looks like relationship fatigue. 

6.  Chaos looks like spiritual emptiness. 

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”   Matthew 11:28

1.  Say “yes” to the unhealthiness of your pace.

2.  Say “yes” to drawing closer to God’s values.


“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.  And may you have the power to understand, as all of God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you’ll never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  Ephesians 3:17-19


“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8


“If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don’t use My holy day for personal advantage, if you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God’s holy day as a day of celebration, if you honor it by refusing business as usual, making money, running here and there, then you’ll be free to enjoy God.”  Isaiah 58:13-14

3.  Say “yes” to what’s really important.

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you describe your life?  What is your normal pace?
  2. What are the things that you are just wasting time and space with?  Why?
  3. Why do you usually say “yes”?  What are you usually trying to prove?
  4. How good are you at saying “no’?  What are things you are saying “yes” to just because of culture around you?
  5. Todd asked, “What is one thing you can do to simplify your life this week?”  How would you answer?  How can you put that into practice this week?