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Notes for 27th June

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Finding Sabbath

Rob spoke on Sunday about how, for many of us, Sabbath goes missing – so how can we find it?

He talked about how it is really helpful to consider our lives as a story that we co-author with God. So the question is, what sort of story do we want to live?  When we’re too busy we end up living in certain patterns by default.

Sabbath is a time of rest, a chance to step back from our busy-ness and focus ourselves on the story we want to live.  Sabbath helps us craft our story and brings God into the middle of our story, not just a default pattern of Sunday mornings and prayers in emergencies.

“Sabbath reminds us that we are worth more than we produce. And that he is God, and we are not.”

“What if you’re supposed to do a great thing, rather than just trying not to do a wrong thing?”

Jay Pathak

 

Some things to consider:

  • How do you rest?  What does this look like for you?
    • It is intentional and deliberate, or is it a default pattern, like collapsing in front of the TV no matter what’s on?
    • Is there a difference between Sabbath rest and just flopping?
  • What do you enjoy doing and brings you rest?
    • Since God has wired you in particular ways, with certain desires and preferences, how could you involve God in what you enjoy and find restful?
  • How can you deliberately build rest into your day and week?
    • What have you done in the past that has worked?

 

Some verses you can look at and discuss:

What do these verses say about resting?  What encouragement or challenge can we take from them in this area of our life? What other nuances and information do they offer to our thinking on the subject?

 

Genesis 2:2-3

Exodus 20:8-10

Exodus 23:10-12

Psalm 37:1-7

Philippians 4:5-7

Mark 6:30-34

Jeremiah 6:16

Matthew 11:25-30

Hebrews 4:1-13

Psalm 46

 

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Posted on 26th June 2017
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