Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, July 8, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

NEW Series: PAUSE: Don’t Just Stop

SERMON TITLE: Stop…Saying it Like that!!

 

MEETUP WEEK #2 Format: “IN” Focus

Our “In” week focuses on caring for each other in our group, helping provide social opportunities to grow closer to one another through prayer, discussion, or just having fun together.

 

REST is defined as, “The refreshing, renewing, and refueling pauses in life that we find in the rhythms of working with God.”

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: The Sabbath is a mentality to separate ourselves (make Holy) with moments where we live in the full freedom God has for us (rest, peace, and delight).

 

4 QUESTION-TYPES:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • Describe the best place you have ever been to – where was it, and what made it your favorite?

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • What parts of the scripture passage from Luke 6 (MSG) stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging?  What part is the most challenging in regards to the ‘Sabbath”? How do we “ to enter that rest”?

 

Question #3 (GENERAL):

  • Pastor Mike defined the Sabbath as, “The Sabbath is a mentality to separate ourselves (make Holy) with moments where we live in the full freedom God has for us (rest, peace, and delight).” Given this definition, what areas of Sabbath are most appealing?  What areas of Sabbath do you struggle with the most?

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • What is “a waste” (of time) in your life right now? (is it a relationship, a thought pattern, a behavior that unnecessarily wasting time in your life?)

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ LUKE 6:1 – 21 (MSG)

In Charge of the Sabbath

1-2 On a certain Sabbath Jesus was walking through a field of ripe grain. His disciples were pulling off heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands to get rid of the chaff, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing that, breaking a Sabbath rule?” 

3-4 But Jesus stood up for them. “Have you never read what David and those with him did when they were hungry? How he entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? He also handed it out to his companions.”

Then he said, “The Son of Man is no slave to the Sabbath; he’s in charge.” 

6-8 On another Sabbath he went to the meeting place and taught. There was a man there with a crippled right hand. The religion scholars and Pharisees had their eye on Jesus to see if he would heal the man, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He knew what they were up to and spoke to the man with the crippled hand: “Get up and stand here before us.” He did. 

Then Jesus addressed them, “Let me ask you something: What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?”

10-11 He looked around, looked each one in the eye. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! They were beside themselves with anger, and started plotting how they might get even with him.

12-16 At about that same time he climbed a mountain to pray. He was there all night in prayer before God. The next day he summoned his disciples; from them he selected twelve he designated as apostles:

Simon, whom he named Peter,
Andrew, his brother,
James,
John,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Matthew,
Thomas,
James, son of Alphaeus,
Simon, called the Zealot,
Judas, son of James,
Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES

– Often we rest because we have to rest, which is the equivalent of crashing.

 

WHAT THE SABBATH ISN’T…

– The Sabbath isn’t a VACATION.

– The Sabbath isn’t a period for DISPLINARY actions.

– The Sabbath isn’t an extended absence in the CAREER of an individual in order.

– The Sabbath isn’t a Saturday if you are Jewish, and a SUNDAY if you are a Christian

– The Sabbath isn’t something we JUDGE people with.

 

– There is always a purpose for our pain. (God will never waste your pain).

 

Colossians 2:16 – 17 (ESV) – Let No One Disqualify You

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 

Mark 2:27 (ESV)

27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Exodus 20:8 (ESV)

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 

Q: So what is the SABBATH for a Christian? 

A: The Sabbath is a mentality to separate ourselves (make Holy) with moments where we live in the full freedom God has for us (rest, peace, and delight).

 

HOLY = “Separated for God” & “Complete Devotion”

HOLY – Is NOT a feeling – It is a PURPOSE

 

– If you make the “Sabbath” a rule, it stops being a Sabbath.

– If you replace “I get to…(fill-in-the-blank)” with “I have to…(fill-in-the-blank)” indicates the relationship is going down and is dwindling.

 

– WHEAT & CHAFF – “With their hands the separated the wheat from the chaff”

– WHEAT = The things from God / Good Things

– CHAFF = The things you don’t need / Waste

 

TO KEEP THE SABBATH:   You’ve Got to Know…

…Jesus IS our Sabbath

…Jesus LEADS our Sabbath

…That skipping a Sabbath isn’t disobedience, but it can lead to disobedience.

 

JOHN 14:6 (ESV)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

HEBREWS 4:8 – 16 (ESV)

For if Joshua had given them rest, God[a] would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.