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This is the second sermon in our Winter Warmers series on rest. This sermon is on ‘Rest + Work’ Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Exodus 20:1-11; Luke 6:1-5.
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BIBLE READING: Exodus 20:1-11; Luke 6:1-5
And God spoke all these words:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: How can you remind yourself of God’s rest this week?
Does our culture help or hinder us to have lives that include a regular rhythm of rest?
What do you find most challenging about having a regular pattern of rest? How can we address it?
READ Luke 6:1-2
What were Jesus and the disciples doing that was so offensive to the Pharisees?
Whilst the Pharisees may have been legalistic in their approach, how were they taking the idea of Sabbath much more seriously than we sometimes do?
READ Exodus 20:8-11
What are the features of this command that most stand out for you? Do you approach regular rest as more of command or a ‘suggestion’?
How is this command based upon the order of creation? What is significant for us about God resting?
What do you think is at the heart of disobeying the command to rest? How does rest increase our trust in God instead of ourselves?
READ Luke 6:3-5
Why does Jesus make reference to the incident of David in the Temple? What does it mean for Jesus to be the Lord of the Sabbath?
If Jesus is the ultimate person and place in whom we find rest, how should that be reflected in our lives?
What is your weekly day of rest and what is your pattern of rest? What most helps or hinders you in having a regular rhythm of rest? How do you think you can develop your pattern of rest?
If you’re in a particularly busy season of life, how can you ensure that this doesn’t become a way of life?
How is serving other people and connecting with other people part of your regular rhythm of rest? How does it help you rest?
How does growing in our satisfaction of Jesus’ finished work on the cross help us to rest even when we may not be satisfied with what we have done? What can you remind you of this daily?
APPLY: What is your regular pattern of rest? How can it reflect God’s desire for rest more?
Gracious God, thank you so much for the amazing gift of rest. Please help us to take it seriously, that we might delight in setting it as a priority, that we might make you the focus of its purpose, and that our pattern of rest will honour you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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