Statistics show Americans work more hours than any other country in the industrialized world. What heart motivations are at play in our hectic and cut-throat culture of chronic overworking and overspending? Is overworking typically seen as a virtue or a vice in your social circles? Discuss this popular statement: "Margins create space between your load and your limit" What advantages are there in living within your limits? How does time create space for relationship, creativity, rest, and renewal?
The Creation of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3)
God doesn’t rest due to physical fatigue; why does He rest, and what can we learn from it? God’s blessing of the Sabbath day sets it apart as a day for both rest and worship. Using the framework of rest and worship, which activities do you find most restful and most worshipful?
The Command of the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11)
How is taking a day to Sabbath an exercise of your faith? How can taking a nap be an act of worship? What major distractions, habits or hang ups might prevent you from resting on the Sabbath? How can resting well help us to work more effectively?
The Completion of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8)
What does Jesus mean when He declares Himself to be the Lord of the Sabbath? In what ways does a believer have rest in Jesus? How do these Gospel truths give us weapons to fight against anxiety, fear and insecurity?
What ways might busyness be coming from a need for approval and importance? How can practicing the sabbath be a active resistance to the overwhelming busyness of our world?