Lesson for May 7th, 2016
Resting in Christ
Jesus knows exactly what we need. Those needs were in mind when the Ten Commandments were given. Jesus calls us through rest and time with Him, so we can live like Him.
Basket, note cards, pens, construction paper, crayons or colored pencils
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- On a note card, write a brief description of something you find refreshing and/or restful. After sharing, look for similarities in the responses.
- Using construction paper and crayons or colored pencils, create a picture of a thing or a place that gives you a peaceful feeling.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Is Sabbath a delight or a burden? How can we make it a delight for ourselves and our family members?
- Thought Questions
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus calls those who carry heavy loads and are tired. How is this promise reassuring?
- Everyone carries a heavy load, even if we cannot see that from our vantage point.
- By learning from Jesus, we are better equipped to handle what life brings.
- Rest for your soul is more important than rest for your body.
- Jesus deals with us gently and humbly.
- As Christians, we are asked to carry very heavy loads.
Read Matthew 12:1-2. What does this story tell us about Jesus and about the Sabbath?
- Jesus showed that it is okay to do regular work activities on Sabbath.
- Jesus showed that there are times when we will need to provide comfort for others on Sabbath.
- Jesus was just trying to make the Pharisees angry.
- Jesus showed the difference between God’s law and the Jewish laws regarding Sabbath.
- It doesn't matter what we do on Sabbath.
In reading about the Sabbath miracles that Jesus performed, how can we see that Jesus demonstrated love and healing on Sabbath?
- Working in healing professions goes along with what Jesus did on Sabbath.
- We should worry more about our relationship with Jesus than about what is okay to do on Sabbath.
- Jesus reminded the people that the law of Moses permits helping others on Sabbath.
- Jesus' actions of healing on Sabbath angered the Pharisees.
- Jesus compared the injured person to an animal.
Read Isaiah 58:7-13. Based on this passage, what are we as God's followers asked to do?
- We should never do anything on Sabbath that we enjoy.
- We need to remember that the Sabbath should be a joyful time for us.
- God gives us rest and strength to bless others.
- God only loves those who keep Sabbath.
- God gave laws to protect us from sin that destroys us.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1:What do you do to make Sabbath a very special time? Compile a list that might be helpful to others in your group or your church.
- Option 2: The pastor’s family is a very hard-working component of your church. What could you do to make Sabbath a special time for your pastor and his or her family? (Perhaps drop off a food item or some notes of appreciation.)
- Option 3: Think about the members of your church. Is there anyone (a young mother, a single parent, an elderly person, someone recovering from an injury or illness) who could use a little extra help getting ready for Sabbath? Formulate a plan for your group to help, possibly by dropping off soup and bread for supper, mowing the person’s lawn, making an appointment to help with household tasks, etc.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Read Matthew 11:28-30. Ponder Jesus' invitation to come apart and rest awhile. Thank Jesus for this invitation and accept it. Ask how you can bring this rest and peace into your daily routine.
- Write a haiku poem about Sabbath rest. The first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. If time permits, share your haiku with the group.