devotion

a study on rest

Key Text: Mark 2:27,28

Objectives:
1. Know: The Sabbath allows us separate ourselves from the world to rest and commune with God.
2. Feel: The joy provided for us through the Sabbath.
3. Do: Experience the Sabbath as God intended.

Lesson Outline:

I. Remembering the Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3)
A. We live in a hectic world. It is a blessing to have a day to rest! How do you spend your Sabbaths? What elements of the day contribute to rest and refreshment? What is your idea of the ideal Sabbath?
B. The Ten Commandments tell us to keep the Sabbath holy. Define “holy.”

II. Enjoying the Sabbath (Mark 2:27)
A. The Sabbath is a day dedicated to rejoice in our Creator and take a break from a world of sin. Why it is then easier to make a day of rules rather than communion with Jesus?
B. It is very easy for Sabbath observance to become legalistic with constant questioning of the appropriateness of a particular activity. How can we distinguish that which is Sabbath-appropriate?

III. Sharing the Sabbath (Luke 4:16)
A. To experience the Sabbath as God intended, we must look to His Son as an example. What did Jesus do on the Sabbath? How can we apply His observance of the Sabbath to our lives?

Summary:
The Sabbath is a holy day set apart from the rest of the week. It is our time to rest, celebrate life and commune with God.

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