Title: Part 2
Date: May 21-22, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
Each week, choose a block of time when you will step away from the busyness of your life.
By the seventh day God had ﬁnished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work Exodus 20:8-10a (NIV)
Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. Exodus 31:14 (NIV)
While many of us are terribly weary, we have come to associate tremendous guilt and shame with taking time to rest. Sabbath gives us permission; it commands us to stop. —Wayne Muller
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the ﬁrst and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justiﬁed by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. Galatians 3:24-25 (NIV)
“If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath.” —Wayne Muller
Sabbath teaches us: ________________
· The world can go on without me.
· To live within my limits.
· About the rhythm of life.
Practice Weekly Rest: __________________
· Disconnect from the world.
· Connect with family and friends.
· Commune with God..
· What do you remember from childhood about Sunday activities?
· What does Sunday look like in your household today?
· What would your ideal day off look like?
· Read Exodus 20:8-10.
· What comes to mind when you think about observing the Sabbath?
· How does this Sabbath requirement of no work or commerce honor God and respect human needs?
· How do you mark the Sabbath in your life today?
· What makes keeping Sabbath so difficult today?
· What would have to happen for you to begin to engage in something like the Sabbath (i.e. rest, renewal, time to recalibrate, time to ask questions, time to be with God)? What would you have to say “no” to in order to observe the Sabbath?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?