Sermon Discusion 3-19-23

Discussion Guide | Rest | PART 4 | Sabbath Is Good| Luke 6:1-11

Gathering Question: 

What is something you’ve wanted to do in your life but can’t find the time for?

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Luke 6:1-5

  • Legalism focuses on rules over relationship. Why do you think so many people fall into the trap of legalism?
  • Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. …” How have you seen people put man-made “religious rules” ahead of caring for people?

Luke 6:6-11

  • Jesus regularly heals on the Sabbath (other examples: Luke 4:31-37, Luke 13:10-17, Luke 14:1-6,  John 5:1-16,  John 9:1-13), which always leads to conflict with the Pharisees. Why do you think Jesus keeps healing on the Sabbath even though it angers the Pharisees?
  • Jesus was very busy always traveling, meeting people, preaching and teaching, and healing. What role do you think the Sabbath played for Jesus in his busy life?

The Sabbath creates margin in our life.  

“This new speed of life isn’t Christian; it’s anti-Christ. Think about it: What has the highest value in Christ’s kingdom economy? Easy: love. Jesus made that crystal clear. He said the greatest command in all of the Torah was to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…and with all your strength,’ followed only by ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ But love is painfully time consuming. All parents know this, as do all lovers and most long-term friends. Hurry and love are incompatible.” (John Mark Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hury)  

  • What are some ways “this new speed of life” distracts you from love?
  • What are some practical ways sabbath-keeping could help you grow in your capacity to love? 

Closing Prayer.