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Talk It Over - April 5, 2020

Sabbath as a Day and an Attitude

Scripture Passage

Luke 6:1-5 NLT

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?” Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” And Jesus added, “The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”

hebrews 4:1-7 NLT

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,

“In my anger I took an oath:

    ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’”

even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.”

So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted:

“Today when you hear his voice,

    don’t harden your hearts."

Reflect on the Passage

Take a moment to read through the passages slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.

Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through these texts?

Engage with the Message

· What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?

· In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?

· Throughout history, we have had a recurrent tendency to turn the Sabbath into a legalistic obligation that is oppressive rather than life-giving. Why do you think we are so prone to this? How does this contrast with the kind of Sabbath that Scripture invites us to?

· How do we nurture a "Sabbath heart"? What would it look like for you to have a Sabbath heart as you go about your day-to-day life? Who do you know that embodies this well?

· What is life giving to you? What would a day of true Sabbath rest look like for you?

· If the church were to fully embrace the practice of Sabbath (as both a day and an attitude), what would it show the world about who God is and what it means to be a follower of Jesus?

· What have you been giving priority in your life? When you prayerfully reflect on the question, what is it that actually matters most to you? What adjustments is God inviting you to make in how you spend your time and energy to reflect what matters most to you?