Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on June 30, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Exodus 20,
- MONDAY: Deuteronomy 5,
- TUESDAY: Deuteronomy 6,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 15,
- THURSDAY: Ephesians 6,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 19,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 3,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Worship, Honor, Trust! Sermon Title: A Rhythm of Rest
Delivered On: June 23, 2019
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)
Thank God for the gift of rest. Ask for His help in developing a rhythm of rest that blesses you and honors Him. Thank God for the gift of meaningful work. Pray for a balance of both work and rest.
Four-Week Experiment: For the next month, make a commitment to rest one day out of each week. Do things that connect you to God and that bring you rest (physical, emotional, relational, all kinds of rest). Do your best to stay unplugged to all the buzzes, beeps, and reminders of technology. See what this does for your soul and health!
Small Group Discussion
If you take a weekly Sabbath, what do you tend to do on this day and how does it impact your life in a positive way?
If you do not have a habit or rhythm of Sabbath, what gets in the way or what reasons do you have for not making this a part of your life and spiritual disciplines?
Read: Exodus 20:8-11. Why do you think God takes our rhythm of rest so seriously? What is He trying to accomplish in us and in the world around us?
In the beginning of Genesis, God rests on the seventh day. This should seem strange to us because God never gets tired! Why do you think God took a Sabbath? What was He trying to teach us?
Respond to one of these statements:
When We take a weekly Sabbath, we declare...
•God can run the universe without me for one day!
•I have a loving Father who knows what I need.
•God can provide all I need in six days of labor.
•I can rest and life still goes on!
Read: Deuteronomy 5:15. Why do you think God reminded the people of their slavery in Egypt while He was calling them to a weekly rhythm of rest? How is resting on a weekly basis a declaration of our freedom in Christ?
If you could design a wonderful and refreshing Sabbath day for yourself, one that would connect you deeply to God, closely to the people you love, and offer deep refreshment for your body and soul, what would this day look like?
What gets in the way of you having a day like this each week?
What steps can you take toward developing a godly rhythm of Sabbath rest each week? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you seek to develop this life-giving discipline?