Sabbath: The Gift of Rest

Sabbath: The Gift of Rest

8 Session Bible Study

Overview

The eight studies in this guide by Lynne M. Baab will help you to learn more about what sabbath is and how to practice it. Come and discover God's gift of rest.

Introduction

Getting the Most Out of Sabbath
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.

Session One

An Invitation to Relax in Abundance
What are some of the possible reasons God rested after creating the world? What activities in your life tend to narrow your ability to see God's abundance and order in your life?
Genesis 1:1–2:3

Session Two

Choosing to Stop Working
What are some of the thoughts and feelings that might have motivated the people to try to gather manna on the seventh day? In what settings and in the midst of what activities do you find it hard to remember God is your provider?
Exodus 16:1–30

Session Three

Finding Refreshment in God's Creation
God commands that we remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. What kinds of practices help you to experience holiness?
Exodus 20:1–21

Session Four

Discovering Sabbath Delight
Fasting and sabbath keeping are two examples of spiritual disciplines. Based on the instructions in this passage about these two practices, what are some of God's priorities for us when we exercise spiritual disciplines?
Isaiah 58

Session Five

A Gift for Us
In what ways does Jesus, as Lord of the sabbath, seem to be redefining the meaning of the day? What connections can you see between allowing Jesus to be Lord and receiving the sabbath as a gift from God?
Mark 2:23–28

Session Six

We are Valuable
Jesus affirmed how valuable people are. What activities make it hard for you to remember how valuable you are in God's eyes?
Matthew 12:9–14

Session Seven

Freed from Bondage
Why is being set free an appropriate action for the sabbath day? When you think of being set free from that which binds you, what comes to your mind?
Luke 13:10–17

Session Eight

The Gift of Grace
Since we were created for good works, what makes it possible for these good works to flow from God's grace rather than being a way to earn God's love?
Ephesians 2:1–10

Total number of pages62

Lynne M. Baab (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a Presbyterian minister, currently serving as a lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand). She is the author of several books and Bible studies, including A Renewed Spirituality, Sabbath Keeping, Personality Type in Congregations, Beating Burnout in Congregations and the LifeGuide® Bible Studies Prayers of the Old Testament and Prayers of the New Testament.

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