No large country in the world as economically productive as ours clocks more working hours per year. As this number increases, Americans are becoming increasingly restless, burned-out, and weary. What do we do with our restlessness? One journalist for The Atlantic recently described how “modern life is a pendulum swinging between work time and screen time.” But is there any space for true rest on either side of this pendulum?
Christianity offers something more. In this three-week class, we’ll explore the sabbath as a uniquely relevant gift of God for our cultural moment. Join us as we trace the sabbath theme throughout the storyline of Scripture to find out why we need it and some practical ways of living it.
WEEK ONE: The Rest of God in a Restless World
Throughout time and history, false gods have always exploited human beings and profited from their restlessness. The God of the Bible is the only God who invites human beings to share his rest. In this first class, we’ll meditate on the utter uniqueness of this God and look at the practical difference between restlessness and restfulness in our daily lives.
WEEK TWO: People of Rest for a Burned-out World
After God rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, he established them as a people who worked for six days and rested on the seventh. This rest wasn’t just for them, but for their families, their employees, their animals, and even their land. In this session, we’ll look at the relevance of the sabbath principle for a culture where burnout is our base temperature and work is our religion.
WEEK THREE: The Lord of the Sabbath for a Weary World
Jesus stepped onto the stage of history with an invitation to come and rest. In this final class, we’ll see how Jesus gathers up Israel’s failure to be a sabbath people and fulfills their original calling. We’ll discuss how resting in Christ goes beyond affirming theological ideas and explore what striving to enter Christ’s rest might look like on a real, embodied level.
Questions? Contact Phillip Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.