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Time I

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Time I –Inside: Sabbath and Rest

 

Prior to the creation of time as we know it, God already was! God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were in perfect Communion as Jesus recalled in his last earthly prayer in John 17. Prior to the beginning, God; Father, Son and Spirit were at rest and out of the rest they created and formed all things. The bookend of that beautiful orchestration of creation of spaces, systems and inhabitants was another period of rest, Sabbath. It is here in rest that we begin our journey expressing our full confidence in the author of all that we pause, in stillness and rest and know that He is God and establish a sacred rhythm for our three year education experiment ahead. We inhale before we exhale and for many of us we start life with a little prodding needed to help us begin by taking in. As we learn to establish that rhythm of breathing we proclaim the very name of the grand rhythm maker – (breathe in and say) Yah – (breath out and say) Weh!

 

 

Chapter 1

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to read, memorize, meditate and journal on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of rest.
 

23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

– Exodus 16:23 (NIV)

Watch SECTION 2

Here is a video featuring Matthew Sleeth on rest.


 

Read SECTION 3

Read The Devine No–an article by Alice Fryling about saying yes to rest by saying no.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Reflect on Sundays growing up – what do you remember, what was your favorite part
about them?

 

Chapter 2

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to read, memorize, meditate and journal on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of rest.
 

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

– Psalm 23 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Here is a video featuring Randy Frazee on rest.


 

Read SECTION 3

Read the following blogs by Brady Boyd about rest.

Addicted to Busy – Part I

Practice the Jesus Pace

Breaking Busy – Step One

How to Take a Day Off

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Describe yourself in terms of energy level, task focus (one at a time or many at a time), your natural rhythm and your current theology of rest?

 

Chapter 3

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to read, memorize, meditate and journal on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of rest.
 

8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to THE LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.

– Exodus 20:8-10 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Watch Choosing to Cheat featuring Andy Stanley.


 

Read SECTION 3

Read the following blogs by Brady Boyd about rest.

The Gift of a Sabbatical

May God Be Present in Our Rest

Breaking Busy – Step One

Addicted to Busy – Part II

 

Reflect SECTION 4

This week, reflect back through your journal notes and thoughts on time before you spend an hour face to face with your mentor. Consider discussing the following questions:

 

Further resources for exploration