This quarter, we will focus on becoming more like Jesus through the intentional practice of Sabbath. Our prayer is that through learning the practice of Sabbath, we are formed into people who stop striving, rest in God's work, trust His control, be a counter-cultural presence to a watching world, and can stop to enjoy Him and His gifts.
Are you tired of being tired? Are you overwhelmed; weary and frayed and questioning your pace of life? Do you feel distracted, restless and unsettled, unable to be present in the moment? Do you struggle to be content with your life? There’s good news! God has provided an amazing gift to his people called Sabbath. It has been built into the rhythm of life since creation and it is crucial to our formation into the image of Jesus. Join us this quarter as we learn to practice a Sabbath way of life.
This guide to prayer is broken into four parts for you to work through sequentially with your Missional Community, on your own, and with your DNA group. Each part builds on the previous one and will help form you into a person dependent on God and continually aware of His presence.
Be sure to start with the Get Started Guide.
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HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THIS PRACTICE
Learn Together through a Sermon
We will start each quarter learning together in our Sunday gathering about a spiritual formation practice. This sermon sets the foundation and if you miss it, please take time to watch or listen. This foundation sermon on Sabbath, preached on July 26, 2020, (by John Mark Comer) is available on both the Doxa app and website.
Missional Community Discussion
Using the Sabbath Guide, you will work through four parts over the quarter to help you learn about this practice in more depth with your community. Just follow the prompts. Start here before jumping into the individual practices.
After discussing the practice with your Missional Community, you’re invited to try exercises on your own to help you develop rhythms of dependence in Sabbath. Don’t worry about getting it right or being perfect, just try to work through the practice and take note of what was hard, what you enjoyed, and what God was teaching you. You will then reflect on this with your DNA group.
DNA Group Reflection
After you have experienced these practices yourself, your DNA group will meet to reflect on this experience and what God is teaching you through the process. Use the provided questions to guide your DNA conversation, but feel free to let the conservation go beyond these.
Practice with Kids
Use the guided times and questions to help kids understand the spiritual practice. Kids also learn a great deal by watching others (family members and Missional Communities) model the practices. Invite them to participate with you; you're helping to create an environment for the Holy Spirit to do the work in your kids’ lives.