The Weekend – Saturday Breakout Session

September 2, 2023
Gregory D. Hall – [email protected]
503-932-3478 cell

Thanks for attending the “Rethinking Rest” breakout session.

Rethinking Biblical Rest

1. Biblical rest shouldn’t be a cul-de-sac conversation.
2. How Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) studies have changed the landscape of rest.
3. What does it mean to bear someone’s image?
4. In what ways did Jesus interact with the topic of rest?
5. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus’ offer of rest was given with a “yoke analogy”.
6. What would it look like for you to fully step under Jesus’ yoke?
7. All of us have “sweet spots” in our life… and they constantly change.
8. How can we test the waters of rest?
9. Greg introduced the idea of “sweet spots”. How would you describe that concept? What have been some sweet spots in your life?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Describe the most restful vacation you’ve had. Where did you go? What activities did you do? What made it restful?
  2. Greg suggested the idea of sabbath rest can sometimes lead to “cul-de-sac conversations.” Has this been your experience?
  3. According to Genesis 1-3, where was humanity’s place to be, and what was their thing to do?
  4. How has your life displayed humanity’s thing to do?

Follow-Up Resources:
Rethinking Rest – Chapter 1 Resources
Rethinking Rest – Chapter 2 Resources
Rethinking Rest – Chapter 3 Resources

Rethinking Jesus and the Sabbath

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did Greg describe Jesus’ fulfillment of the Old Testament? Have you’ve thought about Jesus’ ministry in that way before?
  2. How did Greg describe Jesus’ “Lord of the Sabbath” claim? Does that understanding change your idea of sabbath at all?

Follow-Up Resources:
Rethinking Rest – Chapter 4 Resources

Sweet Spots & Testing the Waters of Rest

Discussion Questions:

  1. Give some examples of how you’ve pivoted between sweet spots in your past.
  2. Greg talked about the idea of “testing the waters” of rest. How would you describe that process? Describe an opportunity, you have right now in your life, where you could incorporate this concept?

Who is Greg Hall? I’m a husband to Lisa, my high-school sweetheart, and father to two fine young men. I host the Rethinking Scripture Podcast (and I’ve been a college athlete, public school teacher, real estate broker, triathlete, small-business owner, pastor, tour-leader to Israel, and university professor. This medley of life-experiences has meshed nicely with my biblical training producing a unique perspective on some of life’s most important themes. I teach whenever I can, enjoy swimming laps, and don’t spend enough time at the Oregon coast.

Please reach out to me via email or text with any follow-up thoughts or questions.

Gregory D. Hall
[email protected]
503-932-3478 cell

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