March 27 – April 2

Weekly Reading for March 27 – April 2

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Unplug: Pathways to Peace
Sermon Title: Unplug from Addictive Technology and Plug into Your Creator's Gifts

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on April 3, 2022:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Unplug: Pathways to Peace
Sermon Title: Unplug from Constant Busyness and Plug into God's Rest
Delivered On: March 27, 2022


Memorize and Reflect

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Prayer Direction

Spend time praying in some of these directions:
- Thank God for loving you enough to establish a Sabbath and call you to a rhythm of rest.
- Confess where you tend to drive yourself too hard and not allow yourself to rest as God has designed you.
- Ask God to give you wisdom and commitment to make time to rest in the flow of every week and to use this time to connect with Him.

“Live It!” Challenge

4 Week Sabbath Challenge – Make a commitment to block out a 24 hour period of time each week for the next month. You can begin at noon one day and end at noon the next. You might want to start when you can see the first star in the sky on Friday and end when you can see the first star on Saturday. That was the rhythm of God’s people in the Old Testament. The key is to have 24 hours when you stop working, make time to be with God, allow yourself to rest, and drink in God’s goodness.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about your rhythm or Sabbath rest (or lack of rhythm). If you make a point of resting on a weekly basis, how does this impact your spiritual and physical health?

  2. Read: Genesis 2:1-3. Why do you think God rested from His work of creation?

  3. How should the example of our God impact how we see ourselves and our relationship to work?

  4. Read: Matthew 11:28-30. What do you learn about Jesus and how He sees you in this passage?

  5. What causes you to feel worn down, tired, and in need of rest?

  6. If you could design a wonderful and restful Sabbath day, what would it look like? What stands in the way of you enjoying such a day?

  7. Read: Exodus 20:8-11. What is the point and spirit of the Sabbath according to this passage?

  8. Read: Mark 2:23-28. When Jesus said, the Sabbath was made for us and not us for the Sabbath, what was He trying to teach us?

  9. What is a step forward you can take to more enjoy and observe the gift of Sabbath that God has for you? How can your group members pray for you to live into this and how can they cheer you on?