Dec 27th, 2020

Family Sabbath Sunday

Discussion Guide

 

Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…”

Genesis begins with darkness and disorder. Then, God speaks light and order into existence so that life can flourish on earth. On the last day of creation, as God’s presence fills the earth, he rests from his creative work after proclaiming that “it was good.” (Gen. 1:10) God called this last day Sabbath, and commanded His people to follow His example in observing a weekly day of rest.

Today, because of sin, the world is back to chaos and disorder. But life wasn’t designed to be like that, and it won’t always be like that. God himself entered into this broken world, “not to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)

When Jesus came, he proclaimed that He was the Lord of the Sabbath and that the ultimate rest would come through Him. While on Earth Jesus confronted sin, chaos and darkness in all its forms – liberating people from sickness, sin and even death itself. 

Thanks to Jesus we have been liberated from the power of sin even though we still struggle in a world of chaos. In the midst of this life Jesus still invites us to experience a taste of the rest that ultimately awaits His followers. He invites us into this Sabbath.

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:29)

 

Discuss

 

  1. What disorder or chaos have you experienced in 2020?
  2. Do you think we can still trust Jesus’ promise to give us rest? How do you know that you can trust Him?
  3. Look ahead to 2021: What are some things that you want God to do in your life? Your family? Your church? The world?

 

Pray

 

Go around and pray, each of you. Each person can focus on praying for the different aspect of 2021 you just discussed

 

Life can sometimes get pretty busy. We are encouraging everyone to take this morning to pause and reflect on what God has done this year. We hope that through this time of rest and reflection you and your family will connect with one another as you commit your 2021 to God in prayer.

This guide can be used as a family or as an individual. Simply walk through the devotional and reflect on God’s intended design for Sabbath. Talk through the questions and pray together as a family.

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