HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Considering this week’s Lent practice of observing the Sabbath, what does your ideal Sabbath look like?  How would it involve worship?  How would it involve rest?

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Let’s read the passage from Sunday together

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me-- 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day!-- and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

Reflect Together:

Paul instructs Timothy to “share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.” (v.8). Pastor Mitch said that love takes the form of a cross, which is a symbol of suffering. How is God’s power released through suffering? Share some examples.

How would you explain how we are saved by grace to a nonbeliever?  (v.9-10).

What helps you endure suffering and not be ashamed of the gospel? (v.12)

What is the role of faith and love, as we seek to obey God’s word? (v.13) And how does the Holy Spirit help us to obey?  (v.14)

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

What insights from this passage help you love even when it means suffering?

The beauty of the Sabbath is that we lean into the center of the Christian faith, which is that we are saved (not by our own work), but by what Jesus did. That work was finished by Jesus on the cross, so we can rest. How does observing the Sabbath better help us understand our identity as God’s Beloved?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

What steps can you take to love well this week no matter the results?

Take one day this week to observe the Sabbath. It will look different for different kinds of people, but it should involve rest and worship. Think about how you may observe this as a community.