In today’s message, Pastor Stephen Redden walks us through our last weekly practice — the practice of Sabbath — and the importance of establishing rhythms of rest.

Discussion Questions for Common Practices Pt 9 | June 14, 2020

Key Passage: Exodus 20:8-11, Mark 2:27-28

Discussion Questions

  1. What does a typical week look like for you? What do your current rhythms of work and rest look like?
  2. How do you feel about your current rhythm – good and healthy? Unhealthy and burned out? Are things trending good or bad?
  3. How has the pandemic affected your rhythm of work and rest?
  4. What are some practices that help renew and restore you? Think wholistically – physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
  5. What are the barriers that stand between you and regularly practicing sabbath?
  6. What is your next step? What changes do you want to make moving forward to embrace sabbath?

Moving Forward

  • Buy the book The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley if you have not already. Read the chapter on sabbath.
  • Watch the video by Justin Whitmel Earley for this chapter at: (Or just search YouTube for “Justin Whitmel Earley fasting”)
  • Practice 24 hours of sabbath this week. Choose a day that you will only pursue rest and replenishment. Make a plan – what are things you want to do on that day? Put some boundaries in place – talk to friends, coworkers, or family members. Do whatever it takes to protect that time and make it happen!