Collegiate Chapel - February 8, 2017

Jeremiah Camarata, the Youth Pastor of Great Bridge Baptist Church, had a second opportunity to speak in this week’s chapel service. Pastor Camarata encouraged all to think about the stress-filled world that they live in. He addressed the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual stress that everyone finds themselves in. Grounding his message in Matthew 11:28-30, he gave the audience three actions focused around the idea of “rest” and what it looks like to receive it. First he stated that “some things need to be shared.” Using the story of Moses and his father-in-law Jethro, he drove home the reality that no one can do this Christian life alone. Christians need each other to walk alongside them and carry one another’s burdens. Therefore, Pastor Camarata challenged everyone present to “find someone.” Second, he touched on the fact the “some things need to stop.” He proceeded to tell the story of Jesus at Martha’s house with her sister, Mary. Martha was concerned about the household things as Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and take in the Truth. Jesus, aware of this, explained to Martha that Mary had “chosen the good portion.” At times when the buildup of life gets so busy and stressful that the focus of God is lost, it is necessary to stop and re-evaluate circumstances. This may mean giving up something that is not necessary in order to receive the most necessary, that being Jesus Christ. Finally, Pastor Camarata explained the need for “everything to be surrendered.” Using Psalm 62 and 55 as his reference point, he urged everyone to “hurl” or “throw” every stressor, and every area of their lives, at God. In doing these three actions, Christians will be able to walk underneath the will of God in all areas of their lives and in turn, experience the eternal peace and rest that Jesus Christ provides.

Key Passages: Matthew 11:28-30, Exodus 18:17-18, Galatians 6:2, Luke 10:41-42, Psalm 46:10; 62:1; 55:22