- What was Sabbath or Sunday rest like for you and your family?
- Read Genesis 1:31; 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Leviticus 23:3; Isaiah 56:2
- What observations about the original Sabbath Day do you have from these passages of Scripture?
- Do you agree that Sabbath is for rest and worship and doing good?
Why or why not?
- Read Matthew 12:1-14; Mark 2:27,28
- Discuss these passages and the following points as it relates to the rules of Old Testament Sabbath and application of it today
- The Sabbath commandment is not repeated in the New Testament
- Jesus prepared the way for the abolishment of the Sabbath Day man-made regulations
- Read Hebrews 8:13: 4:8-10; Ephesians 2:8,9
- Read the Scriptures and discuss the related statements
- The New Covenant makes man-made Sabbath rules obsolete
- With the resurrection of Jesus, the day of worship moved to the first day of the week.
- We look ahead to our eternal Sabbath rest, which comes through Christ
- Discuss these NEXT STEPS applications
- Take time to rest and praise God for His creation
- Take time to rest and focus on worshipping God with others
- “Cease from what is necessary. Embrace that which gives life”
- Read Colossians 2:16,17; Romans 14:5,6
- A reminder and warning: Don’t turn your rest into a list of rules.
- How do these verses connect with this warning?
- Discuss these quotes from “The Rest of God” by Mark Buchanan
- “The opposite of a slave is not a free man. It’s a worshiper. The one who is most free is the one who turns the work of his hands into sacrament, into offering.”
- “What makes Sabbath time…different from all other time? Simple: a shift in our thinking, an altering of our attitudes. First we change our minds. Before we keep a Sabbath day, we cultivate a Sabbath heart.”
- “Maybe that’s what God requires most from us: our attention. Indeed, this is the essence of a Sabbath heart: paying attention.”
- “The tricky thing about Sabbath, though, is it’s a form of rest, unlike sleep. Sleep is so needed that, defied too long, our bodies inevitably, even violently, force the issue. Sleep eventually waylays all fugitives. It catches you and has its way with you. Sabbath won’t do that. Resisted, it backs off. Spurned, it flees. It’s easy to skirt or defy Sabbath, to manufacture cheap substitutes in its place – and to do all that, initially, without noticeable damage, and sometimes, briefly, with admirable results. It’s easy, in other words, to spend more of your life breaking Sabbath and never figured out that this is a part of the reason your work’s unsatisfying, your friendships patchy, your leisure threadbare, your vacations exhausting.”
- “To keep Sabbath well – as both a day and an attitude – we have to think clearly about God and freshly about time. We likely, at some level, need to change our minds about both. Unless we trust God’s sovereignty, we won’t dare risk Sabbath. And unless we receive time as abundance and gift, not as ration and burden, we’ll never develop a capacity to savor Sabbath.”
- “An ancient Christian practice is called the prayer of examen. One way to practice this is to review your days at the end of each and to ask two simple questions: Where did I feel most alive, most hopeful, most in the presence of God? And where did I feel most dead, most despairing, farthest from God? What fulfilled me, and what left me forsaken? Where did I taste consolation, and where desolation?”