Family Sabbath
Sunday

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 2023 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.

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. Crazy how it feels like darkness and disorder keep trying to take over!
On the last day of creation, after everything made was made and pronounced as “good”- God’s presence fills the Earth. God rests from his creative work after proclaiming that all of “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 from our own labors.
It wasn’t long before Adam and Eve sinned and brought chaos and disorder. And now, we still constantly suffer because of sin. 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 2022?

2. Why are you confident that you can still trust Jesus’ promise to give us rest?
How have you done taking a weekly Sabbath each week and resting in God?

3. Look ahead to 2023: What are some things that you believe God wants to do in you and through you?
 What are you asking for God to do in your family? Your church? The world?

Pray: Go around and pray. Each person can focus on praying for the different aspect of the upcoming year that you just discussed together.