Small Group Questions: 04-21-2024

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

04-21-2024

ICE BREAKER

If you could take a nap anywhere, where would you want it to be?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Discuss any movement you made this past week as it connects to Sabbath. Did you make any changes? Try a different routine?

2. Where are you most tired physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually? What is the greatest drain on your energies?

3. Whether you take a Sabbath or not…

-What are the hardest things in your schedule for you to say no to?

-How can Sabbath offer another way of living with your schedule?

-How does Sabbath & rest provide a counter-cultural response to the constant pursuit of more?

-How does Sabbath & rest differ from simply taking time off or relaxing?

4. Read Genesis 2:2-3 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15.

-How do these passages inform our understanding of the Sabbath commandment?

-What significance do you find in the rationale provided for observing the Sabbath?

-Why do you think it was important for God to model rest after completing His creation?

5. Read Exodus 20:8-11.

-Why do you think God specifically instructs His people to work for six days and rest on the seventh day?

-What does this rhythm of work and rest reveal about God’s intention for human flourishing?

-Why do you think God emphasizes the importance of Sabbath?

6. How does our attitude towards work influence our perception of Sabbath rest? Do you find yourself struggling to find a balance between work and rest? Share your experiences.

7. Read Matthew 11:28-30.

-How does Jesus’ invitation to rest relate to the concept of Sabbath rest discussed in the sermon?

-How can we practically apply Jesus’ invitation to find rest for our souls in our daily lives?

-How have you experienced Jesus easy yoke and light burden?

-How does this contrast with the burdens we often carry in life?

8. Read Matthew 25:14-29. What does it teach us about stewardship, productivity, and the joy of the Lord?

9. Reflect on the different responses of the servants in the parable. How do they relate to our own attitudes towards the talents and gifts God has given us?

10. Consider the idea of being a “5 talent” or a “2 talent” or even a “1 talent” person. Do you resonate more with one of these categories? How does this perception impact your approach to work and rest?

11. Discuss the concept of entering into the joy of the Lord. What does it mean to you personally, and how can Sabbath rest contribute to experiencing this joy?

12. Answer again this question from Week 1 of the Sabbath Series Small Group Questions.

-How do you plan to take small steps toward implementing Sabbath rest in your life this week?

-What adjustments, if any, do you feel prompted to make after hearing this message?

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