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Semester 1 - 2019

Series: "X" (The Ten Commandments)

Title: Remember the Sabbath


Icebreaker: Have you ever worked so hard to complete a task only to be told later on that you no longer had to do it? Or maybe you went above and beyond at work only to not be appreciated or compensated for the extra work you did as you had hoped?


This Sunday, Bishop spoke for the fourth week of the latest sermon series entitled "Ten," which will be a series of 10 messages with each week focusing on one of the ten commandments. This Sunday, Bishop spoke on the fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” This commandment highlights how we as Christians are remember that God did not make man for the sabbath but sabbath for the man. Today, we work so hard not stopping thinking the more we work even on Sundays, the more we will receive. This is so not the case. If God rested, why do we think we don’t have to. Let’s dig in to see how we are to remember the Lord’s sabbath and the impact keeping it (or not keeping it) has on our lives.


Exodus 20:10-11


We are without question saved by the grace of God. We couldn’t earn it or do enough to keep it.

  • However there are things that we are to do as believers in response to the gift of salvation.
  • The commandments guides us and correct us.


God on the seventh day created rest that He Himself observed.

  • What Bishop would like us to understand is actually, on the seventh day, God created spirituality.
  • Yes, He rested but He also set aside (made holy) the seventh day that we may worship God and honor Him. (Exodus 20:11)
  • We stop and cease what we are doing, disconnect from the cares of this world and give honor to our God.
  • Far too often we give ourselves entirely toworking and striving only to reap little.


We too often honor the other nine commandments but so casually break number four.


Genesis 2:1-3


Why do we keep Holy the Sabbath?


1. Its a day of blessing. (Exodus 16:22-24, 26-27)

  1. When we do it God’s way, we can see God’s blessing on all that we do. 
  2. When we don’t, we work hard and reap less.
  3. Chick-Fil-A is a prime example is of this.
  4. When you keep the sabbath holy, you find yourself getting into God’s rhythm.


2. There are consequences. (Numbers 15:32-36)

  1. There are only 4 commandments that can result in capital punishment and the fourth commandment is one of them. (2 Chronicles 36:20-21)
  2. People are often sick because they are not observing the sabbath working themselves too hard and are stressed.
  3. The expressions “You worry me to death!” could not be more true.


3. Its the Brides day.

  1. When we come on a Sunday, we gather together it.
  2. When a bride is engaged to her husband to be, the preparations for her wedding begin. And oh, what lengths does a bride go in preparation for that day.
  3. The same goes for us with our groom - Jesus.
  4. We must prepare ourselves to meet our groom.


4. The Queen’s Day

  1. The Queen rests from all her work and remembers on all she has done.
  2. We gather with our family and friends, we cease and reflect on all that God has done.
  3. The sabbath day is the day to rejoice not a day to be sad.


5. Day of Holy Rest (Exodus 31:14-17)

  1. It’s all about the sabbath. God made set it apart and made it holy for us to observe.

Psalm 23

  • This psalm is about the sabbath.


Discussion Points:

  • How do our words profane His name?
  • What effect do our words have on us and those around us?
  • How can we be more careful about the words that we speak?


Pray you have a fantastic and spirit-filled meeting this week!


REMIND:


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Grow Workshops - Remind everyone that Grow Workshops take place every Sunday at 10:30am in the Grow Quad. You can register for 1 or all 4 classes on the website under NEXT STEPS or here: Register for Grow Workshops Here.


Invite - Invite those that attend your group to church if they do not have a church home as well as encourage your group to invite others to join you every Wednesday.


Prayer of 3 - There are at least 3 people we are believing that will have an encounter with God and enter into a relationship with Jesus. We have a form that we will use to write down these names and keep them before us as we pray. We highly encourage you to print a copy of this sheet and give a copy to the members of your group as well. (Download "Prayer of Three" Form Here)


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REPORT:


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Do not hesitate to call the church at (504) 246-5121 if you have any issues with reporting your group.


Have a amazing and spirit-filled group!

Extra Resource

Do you have children in your group? Need a children's lesson? Here you go~!

City Church — Children’s Lesson

This Week’s Theme: Fill up your faith

Title:

Running on Empty

 

Scripture Memory Verse:

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1, NIV).

 

Bible Lesson Verse:

Matthew 10:1; 17:14–21

Big Idea:

Reading God’s Word every day helps us to grow strong in faith.

Opening Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, we turn to You and ask You to teach us Your ways. We desire to seek You in everything we say and do. Help us to listen to Your voice and obey You.

Opening Activity: The Cat’s Meow

Materials: A blindfold

Scripture: Hebrews 2:1

Activity:

Get the kids’ attention by bringing out a blindfold and tossing it to someone. Blindfold that person, lead him or her to the middle of the room, and ask him or her to sit down. Ask the rest of the children to form a circle around the seated child. When you say “go,” the children begin walking around the circle; when you say “stop,” the children must freeze and the blindfolded child points at someone. The child being pointed at must say “meow.” Give the blindfolded child two changes to guess who the “cat” is. If the child guesses right, he or she exchanges places with the “cat.”

Power Up Scripture Memory Verse:

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1, NIV).

Activity: Tell Me Again

Materials: Building blocks or shoeboxes

Activity:

Tell the children that you will need a builder and a helper. Quote the verse aloud with the children several times. As the builder correctly quotes a word of the verse, the helper places a block on the floor. As each word of the verse is correctly quoted, additional blocks are added, one on top of another, to build a pyramid. Illustrate the fact that as the Word is read, faith is built. Rotate the children until each has a turn at being a builder and a helper. 

Bible Lesson: Fill ’Er Up! (Matthew 10:1; 17:14–21)

Icebreaker: Have you ever seen a hot-air balloon? What does it take to keep it afloat?

Story: Read the story below.

There you are, riding in your car on the way to vacation. You’re excited and can’t wait to get there. But suddenly your car makes a turn off the highway and into a gas station. “Why are we stopping? Let’s keep going, Dad!” you urge. But the car pulls up to the gas pump. Your mom or dad gets out of the car and begins to put gas into the vehicle. Soon you’re back on the road heading for vacation. Your parents explain that if they had not stopped and filled the car with gas, they would have run out and never made it to the vacation destination.

We all know that gas is needed for a car to run. When there is no gas, the car stands still and does not go anywhere. Our faith is the same way; it is the gas in our walk with Jesus. When we give our hearts to Jesus, we receive authority over Satan and all of his demons. Our faith starts out strong, but if we’re not careful to refill our faith every day by reading God’s Word, our faith becomes weak and we run out of faith. Check out this story of how Jesus’ disciples had trouble keeping their faith filled.

After calling the twelve disciples together, Jesus gave them authority to cast out unclean spirits and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Now these were the names of the twelve disciples: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and his brother John, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas.

And Jesus sent them out saying, “Do not go to the Gentiles, and do not enter the city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost people of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ” After He had sent them out, Jesus went to teach and preach in their cities.

Later, after Jesus and three of His disciples came down from a mountain, a man came up to Him, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a crazy boy and is very ill. He often falls into the fire and into the water. And I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 

And Jesus answered and said, “O unbelieving and twisted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring your son to Me.” After Jesus cast the demon out, the boy was cured.

Then the disciples came to Jesus, when no one was around, and said, “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” Jesus said, “Because your faith is so little; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a small mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will obey you; and nothing shall be too hard for you.”

Wait a minute; didn’t Jesus give the disciples authority over all kinds of diseases and sicknesses? What happened to their faith? The disciples were not careful to keep their faith full. They were careful to go out and do great things for God, but they were not careful to keep full of what it takes to do great things—faith.

Just like our parents’ car will only go as far as gas allows it to go, we must be careful to fill up on the Word of God every day. The Word of God is just like gas to our faith; it keeps it going! So don’t forget to fill your faith up on the Word of God and do great things for God!

Questions to Ask:

  1. What did Jesus send the disciples out to do? (He sent them to preach, heal the sick, and cast out demons.)
  2. Describe what was wrong with the boy that was brought to Jesus. (He was ill and crazy.)
  3. Could the disciples cast out that demon? (No) Why not? (Because their faith was little)
  4. What keeps our faith strong? (The Word of God)
  5. How can we keep our faith strong? (By reading the Bible every day)




Life Application:

  1. Tell of a time when you needed faith for something, but because you hadn’t read your Bible, your faith was small and you didn’t receive what you needed. 
  2. Do you believe that God wants you to do great things for Him? If so, what do you think is needed to do those things? Do you have what is needed?
  3. We eat every day so that our bodies stay healthy and strong. It is the same with our faith; we must read the Word of God every day to stay spiritually strong. Have you been careful to keep your faith full? If not, why not?
  4. What happens if you keep using up energy for a long time and do not eat? How is that related to using our faith?

Closing Prayer:

Dear Jesus, we love You. Thank You for giving us Your Word so that we may grow strong in our faith. We want to do great things for You. We are grateful for all Your promises written in your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.