Isaiah 58:13-14: If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD…
Young people will collaborate to set aside a weekly Sabbath keeping strategy, learn best practices, and team up to encourage their joyful living with God.
Rick Lawrence. Jesus Centered Youth Ministry. Loveland, CO: Group, 2014. (Sabbath rest is not the chief goal we’re pursuing. A joyful life with Jesus is our ultimate target. And that takes us into identity formation as the center of practical ministry strategies. Check out Chapter 13 in this practical book for the best on-point connection to this lesson.
James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. (This resource unpacks attributes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, matching each with a ‘soul training’ exercise. In Chapter 4, the author suggests ‘keeping the Sabbath’ as a way to overcome anger; and the tips are very practical. The entire book represents an earnest journey into becoming into a new person in Christ, serving identity formation in general very well.)
Gather (5 minutes)
Engage (30 minutes)
Reflect (20 minutes)
IN SAME GROUPS look at the worksheet with select Bible passages (Is. 58:13-14; Hebrews 10:19-25; 12:1-2) and the five REST questions below. After reading the scripture, agree together on whether each of the questions represents a Sabbath practicing standard that is a) impossibly hard, b) tough, but doable, or c) effort that’s worth it.
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