In the last few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our entire world. For most of us, this means we can’t gather with our local church community. Below you’ll find one of our videos, suggested Scripture readings, and some discussion questions to use for yourself or with family and friends.
This week’s video and Scripture readings focus on the theme of Sabbath rest in the story of the Bible. The Sabbath is a weekly reminder of God’s provision in the past, and it’s meant to foster hope in God’s plan to restore all creation in the future. Let’s allow this biblical theme to give us hope and a new perspective on the instability of our current moment.
How do you find yourself responding to this unwelcome slowdown of life? What thoughts and emotions do you experience? What fears are you aware of?
God’s rest in Genesis 2 is all about filling a sacred space with his divine presence and celebrating the beauty and abundance of creation. The Sabbath practice is a way for humans to remember God’s presence and his ideal purpose for creation. What are some of the simple things you can celebrate or are grateful for? Who can you share that with this week?
To observe Sabbath is to rest from one’s work. But work is a good and productive thing throughout Scripture, for example, it is one of the reasons God places the human in the garden of Eden—“to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). So why would God command a Sabbath rest from work?
The first Sabbath observance takes place in the wilderness in a time of scarcity. God wants Israel not to hoard or try to control, but to trust that he is their true source of provision and life. In what ways do you try to control things in your life or environment that are not in your control? Take a moment to let go of these things and commit to trusting God to provide instead.
Jesus says that rest is found in him—specifically in following him or learning from him. What could this rest look like in your own life practically? What brings you life, makes you thrive, and/or allows you to trust and rest in God?
Jesus is not doing away with the concept of Sabbath but was defining what it meant: that the purpose of the Sabbath was mercy, and harmony or wholeness, not legalism. Does this change how you think about resting in the current situation in any way?
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IF YOU NEED A MASK…
Jeni Key is making double-ply cotton face masks for $5 each.
They are washable and reusable by the general public (may not comply with standards for all levels of health care workers, but do comply with CDC standards for general use). Call or text her at 706-410-8309.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY AT 9:30 AM
Each class can be accessed via Zoom! Simply copy & paste the corresponding link for the class of your choice into your browser and join the class!
Option 2: MAIL IT IN DIRECTLY YOURSELF. You may mail your contribution to Athens Church of Christ, 3720 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677
ACOC PRAYER AND FASTING
In an effort to be faithful, reliant on our God, and spiritually proactive, the leaders of the Athens Church of Christ are calling on the disciples in our congregation to join us in a weekly special time of fasting and prayer to combat the Corona pandemic. We will be fasting every Sunday evening after sundown to Monday evening after sundown until the coronavirus crisis is over. If for some reason you cannot join the rest of the church in fasting and prayer at that time then feel free to choose a different time during the week to do so. We hope everyone will elect to join us in this spiritual effort.
BLOOD DRIVE IS CANCELLED ON SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH