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The Year of Rest and Acceleration

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In our first care group session of the year, Pastor Josh Holohan and his wife, Lindsay Holohan, talk more about the theme of the year: Rest and Acceleration

Take part in this digital care group session on your own or together with your friends and family. Feel free to use this guide to follow the conversation with our pastors, use it for your own personal time of study, or to facilitate more conversations with your community. 

This session is based on the messages: 

  • Joseph Prince—The Year Of Rest And Acceleration (Jan 2, 2022) [Sermon Notes]
  • Joseph Prince—God’s Way Of Acceleration (Jan 9, 2022) [Sermon Notes]

Key scripture:

  • Amos 9:11-13

1. It's time to take things personally!

While the theme of the year is for our church, God also wants to reveal to us what He is doing for us personally in the lives of us and our families.

Talk It Over

What was one thing in the theme of the year sermon that personally jumped out at you?

2. The way to truly enter God's rest this year

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” — Hebrews 4:1 

This year, God wants you to enjoy the promise of entering His rest. Not your own rest, which is dependent on your own self-effort, but His rest, which is dependent on the finished work of Jesus Christ. 

One way you can truly enter into God’s rest is by coming to Him and soaking yourself in His love for you. When you come to Jesus, He Himself puts you at rest.

Take time to enjoy the person of Jesus personally.

It doesn’t have to take a prayer request or a Sunday service for you to be able to spend time with Him. You can come to the Lord even as you read the Word through a devotional and just enjoy fellowship with Him, or you can have a conversation with Him about any frustrations you may have. The point is to be with Him and to enjoy Him and how much He loves you. 

As you come to Him and put Him in the center of your life, your family, marriage, career, parenting, you will see His acceleration happen in those very areas.

Talk It Over

What area of your life do you feel unrestful about as you step into the new year?

This year, God is going to build your life on a solid foundation—one rhema word at a time.

3. Own the Word


Receive a personal word

Listen to the theme of the year sermon again, meditate on the verses that stand out to you, and ask the Lord what “Rest and Acceleration” means for you and your family personally.

You can even put the sermon on while you take a walk outside or around your neighborhood. It’s okay if you can’t finish listening to it in one sitting. You can continue with where you left off the next day. As you hear this prophetic theme, God will also reveal to you what He is doing for you personally in your own life. In His light, you will see light (Ps. 36:9).

Check out these additional resources:

Questions about this topic

Do you have a question that you would like answered from this care group session? Here are some thoughts from the team that we would like to share.
  • There are so many things fighting for my attention every single day. How can I ever find uninterrupted time to spend it with Jesus?

There is no perfect standard to meet in your relationship with Jesus. You don’t have to hit a minimum number of hours or pray for an extended duration of time. Time with Jesus doesn’t have to be long; it just needs to be exclusive: just you and the Lord. 

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, set aside just 10 minutes in your day to be with the Lord. That can look like reading a devotional on your way to work or listening to a sermon while you’re doing the chores. And if you’re truly pressed for time, find your favorite verse of encouragement or promise in the Bible and simply meditate on it. 

It’s simple to get going, and once you do, don’t be surprised to find yourself hungering for more time with the Lord! 

Additional resources to help get you started:

  • How can I practically rest in the Lord?

One practical way to rest in the Lord is to simply involve Him in all your ways (Prov. 3:5-6). It can look like committing your day to Him in prayer, bringing Him into your conversations with your spouse or children by sharing with them His blessings on you, or taking time to end the day with a worship song. 

When Jesus is in the center of your life, everything works out for your good because He is before all things, and in Him all things consist (Col. 1:17). 

When you put the focus on Him instead of what is happening around you, He will hold everything in your life together.


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Joseph Ibokette

Welcome back!

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Joseph Ibokette

Where can I rsvp?

Helen Soares

I am taking it personal. Thank you Lord!

City, State
Toronto, ON
Diana Gentry

So happy to join your care group!

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Castle Hayne
GianCarlo Fraioli

Enter His Rest for He shall enter in every area your life.
He shall Accelerate His SHALOM into evey area of your life.

City, State
Rosemère, Quebec
Debbora Blank

Wow Beloveds ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Thank You so much! My mom just recently had open heart surgery. And I’ve not been able to post much in the lobby. Only pray for others. Because so much has been going on. I am with her during her recovery process. And the evening before I felt like I literally passed out from the pressure of caregiving. I laid on the sofa and just let NCC wash over me Saturday night! The next morning I tuned in to GRCO and again needed so much refreshing. I continue to listen to the digital care group. And Lindsay thank you so much for your prayers. I know I am in way for my head. That word of knowledge hit straight into my heart for caregivers! When I listened to the theme of the year. I was actually traveling back home. So I was listening in a hotel. The word that hit my spirit so strong 58:8 … Health spring forth speedily! I’ll share the text that I just recently sent out to my moms circle of friends for updates! :

“Hello Prayer Warriors ♥️🙏
Mom and I traveled by escort over to the Christ Hospital to see the surgeon who performed her surgery today. And he said “you are having a miraculous recovery, it was touch and go there for a while” (mom was supposed to be up and walking one day after surgery. Unfortunately she swallowed something and it went into her lung. And wound up in ICU for six days, and not walking.) All I could say was Jesus with tears in my eyes. Hallelujah Jesus! Also her sutures were removed from her abdomen and he looked at her scar and says it is healing up beautifully. There have been many in the hospital, and in the rehab who are admiring her chest because of the beautiful work. Thank You Again for all your prayers, love and support!!! Love 💗 u all Bunches 💐”

All I can say is that’s My Jesus! He loves to show up and show off! And also so thrilled about the bumper stickers. I had actually seen that, was going to write into you about that. But unfortunately I did not. Hallelujah I love sitting under a spirit lead ministry! I’ve also seen little business cards maybe with a QRC, JPM app link to pass out to others. Lately I’ve been encountering more people and praying over them. I can see the spirit hitting them. It would be so sweet to just give them a little card to direct them in the right place, where they can Behold Jesus for themselves! Thank you guys for always pointing us to Jesus the center of our lives! Love 💗 u all and so grateful for for all of you 🥰

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Palm City, FL
Sylvia McIntosh

Thanks Pastor Josh & Lindsey. This discussion is definitely an answered prayer. After listening to the sermon of the year many times I was considering ways Jesus wants me to make it personal for my family. Your discussion is helping me. Also the digital layout of the Sermon Notes along with the thoughts from the team in a question format are spot on, I find myself throughout the day coming back again and again saturating my heart in the warmth of the Presence of Jesus.

Again, I say thank you and I am grateful for the thoughtful layout of all the content.

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Ken Watson

To the question of ‘what does it mean to enter His rest?’, I think a corollary to what Pastor Prince often says about resting in Jesus is pertinent: His rest is not inactivity, but is ‘Holy Spirit directed activity’. The key is to seek for and ask the Holy Spirit for direction, amen? And, yes, my wife and I are ‘taking it personally’. We wish we could join the Pastors meeting on March 7, but apparently RSVPs has maxed out 🙁 Shalom, the Watsons

City, State
Minneapolis, MN

Listening from Larkspur CO

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Larkspur CO
Newjoy Lane

Where can I rsvp for zoom

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Joey Ong

Hi there, we’re sorry but unfortunately, registration for the DCG Meet and Greet has ended for our last session. Do keep a lookout for the next one!

Have a blessed day ahead 😀

Krystal Chandler

I am taking it personal!
I love this Care Group time with you guys.

City, State
Moncks Corner
Peggy ferguson

So glad I found this, hello, that sounds like a cool New York accent to me, Josh , I am a native New Yorker!

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Ballston Lake New York
Scott Alexander

I’m excited

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Tamara Bonde

Yay it works today had trouble getting in I love you all. Been watching and a
partner with pastor Joseph Prince since 2009
Seen him live in Newark 2013 🙂

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Milan Michigan
Gloria Kerzmann

This was so encouraging and helpful for me today.

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Bismarck north Dakota
Paul Jewell

Amen I am struggling with depression I recieve this in Jesus name Amen

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Judy Davidson

Hi Pastors Josh and Lindsay,
I know its a little late watching this DCG session now, but until recently I was doing a local church and GRC, but that all changed and now I’m catching up on what I missed on GRC. Anyway, while watching and listening to this DCG I was suddenly reminded of a weird experience that at the time (a few years ago) I had no idea what was going on but makes sense now in light of this years theme Rest and Acceleration. Its so crazy I got to tell you about it…
I was reminded of a time when in my car driving down our little road I found that the more I tried to accelerate by pressing the gas pedal, the faster and farther I went backwards, not forward. (the land outside my window was going in the wrong direction) I tried several times to accelerate forward, (even letting up on the gas pedal or pressing harder) and every time, by the way the land was moving in the wrong direction, it appeared I was going backwards at a speed that was in direct correlation to the pressure applied to the gas pedal. This was crazy! So then I slowed right down and then stopped and everything came to a stand still, neither forward nor backward, so I just sat there, thinking “Hmm the faster I try to go forward, the more I go backwards…whaaat???”
Looking back over the past few years, that is exactly what He did in my life, and I did come to a rest and learned a lot! And after a long time, began to slowly move forward on a journey like never before. So yeah, He got my attention, it actually seems like He’s been making this Rest and Accelerate theme very real in my life and my family, and now I’m trying to keep up with Him, Lol!
He is so amazing and has such a way of knocking your socks off…Lol. I think He had fun messing with me, hahaha. He just has a way of making you love Him all the more!
Anyway, Blessings are on the head of NCC and GRC!!!
Thanks Pastor Josh and Lindsay, and Pastor Darren and all the GRCO team:)
Judy Davidson…So Happy to be In Christ:)

City, State
Bridgeport, NY

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I love these digital group sessions! Of the many take-aways available, the ones that stood out to me had to do with the practical, free flowing, non-formulaic ways we can spend quality time with God across the seasons of our lives. Hearing how Pastor Prince and GRC staff have us on their hearts made me feel loved and connected. Thank you pastors for being relatable, for sharing in authentic and humble ways, and for letting us know how you successfully face the same challenges we do! Looking forward to the next digital care group.🙌
Donna S.
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The digital care group discussion was so practical and helpful. I listened to it twice today and the activities are so very useful for me to put all this into practice. I'm so thankful to both of you (and of course Pastor Prince as well) for doing this!
joyfullyHuntersville, NC
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So glad to be part of GRC and this wonderful care group!!! 🙏😀❤️ So very blessed! The Lord bless you Pastors and your families!! I feel so loved and cared for! There’s no distance in the Spirit! I love and pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ🙏❤️...
Liz GAGeorgia
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We truly feel like we are valuable members of GRC though we are physically distant.
Wendy HAustin, TX
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This is awesome, I work two weekends out of the month, as I am not able to get to church. So now I am so blessed to have this gathering in my home.
LoneyVictoria, BC
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Thank you for the care group notes, that’s really great!! Something we can work on during the week - really appreciated.
Lisa W@username
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GRC online is an answered prayer for me. 🙏🏽 Thank you for a rhema word. Jesus loves me and I’m never alone.