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Good afternoon Cross & Crown,
Yesterday's sermon from Pastor Simon was excellent! Here are this week's questions and notes.
-Are you in need of rest in your life? Where is God calling you to rest?
-When was the last time you took a Sabbath? What would/does a Sabbath look like in your life?
-How is taking a Sabbath taking risk? How does rest, risk, and faith work together?
-Why does God call his people to stop and have a Celebration/Feast?
-What would change in you life if you took time in your week to celebrate? What benefits does this discipline add to your faith.
Exodus 20:8-11, Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 16:4-7a, Mark 2:27-28
Mark Buchanan: The Holy Wild “Unless and until we rest in God, we will never risk for God”
We see this in the Celebration of unleavened bread which includes Passover in Exodus 12:17, Exodus 34:25
-The celebration of the harvest or the feast of weeks Ex 23:16, Due 16:10 Just reference
-The celebration of the tabernacle or the feast of booths Lev 23:24.40 Just reference
Mark 2:13-17, Revelation 19:6-9
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Pastor Simon is bringing the word at all three services today! Join us as he teaches on the Sabbath and finding rest in Jesus!
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Hello again Cross & Crown family,
Here are this week’s CG questions-
-Have you fasted before? Why did you fast? What was your expectation? Did you receive the expected outcome?
-Did the message stir in you a desire to try fasting? Why? Why not?
-How can you incorporate fasting in your pursuit of God?
-Is there something/someone you as a group would consider fasting for?
And here are this week’s notes from the sermon-
Isaiah 58:1-9a, Matthew 6:16-18
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES – FASTING
I. WHAT IS FASTING?
“Voluntary abstaining from food for Spiritual Purposes”
Don Whitney (Spiritual Disciplines p.160)
II. THE HISTORY OF FASTING
III. FASTING IN SCRIPTURE
a. Individual Fasts
b. Corporate Fasts
IV. FASTING – COMMAND OR INVITATION
Leviticus 23:27, Matthew 6:16, Matthew 9:15
V. THE PURPOSE OF FASTING
1. Strengthening Prayer (Ezra 8:23; Joel 2:13; Acts 13:3)
2. Seeking Guidance (Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23)
3. Expressing Grief (1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 1:11-12)
4. Seeking Deliverance / Protection (2 Chronicles 20:3-4; Ezra 8:21-23; Esther 4:15-16)
5. Expressing Repentance (Jonah 3:5-8; 1 Samuel 7:6)
6. Humility (1 Kings 21:27-29; Psalm 35:13)
7. Concern for the work of God (Nehemiah 1:3-4; Daniel 9:3)
8. Ministering to the needs of others (Isaiah 58:3-7)
9. Overcoming temptation / Dedicating yourself to God (Matthew 4:1-11; Isaiah 58:6)
10. Expressing Love and Worship to God (Lk. 2:37)
(From Don Whitney: “Spiritual Disciplines”)
APPLICATION: FASTING HOW TO’S
“Fasting is the physical exclamation point at the end of the sentence: “This much, Oh God, I want you!” John Piper
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