Productive, Session 6: Additional Questions


The Point: Rest is a gift from God for His glory and your benefit.


  • Is there a difference between a “Sabbath” and a “day off?” If so, what is it?
  • Why is it so difficult to simply rest?
  • How to your recharge your batteries after a busy week or semester?
  • Have you discovered your senior years are busier or more restful than previous stages of life?
  • What does it look like for you to really rest? Give yourself a grade. How well do you do at genuinely resting? Why do you grade yourself this way?
  • Why do you think our overstressed, overscheduled culture has a hard time with weekly Sabbath?
  • What does “rest” look like to you?

Exodus 31:12-14              

  • Do you think it was easier to observe the Sabbath thousands of years ago? Why or why not?
  • Why is it so important to model good Sabbath keeping for the next generation? What happens when parents fail to model good Sabbath habits for their kids?
  • As a child, did your family observe a “Sabbath” day of rest? If so, what was it like and what impact, if any, has it had on your life? If not, how do you think your life may have been changed if you did?
  • What did the Lord instruct Moses to tell the children of Israel?
  • What is the stated purpose of the Sabbath in verse 13?
  • How does observing a day of rest from our work bring glory to God?
  • Specifically, what constitutes a day of rest?
  • What are the consequences today of failure to observe a day of rest?
  • Why would God make rest an obligation?
  • What do you think “Sabbath” means? Describe how you have been encouraged to practice “Sabbath” over the course of your life.
  • From this passage we see that God REQUIRED His people to rest.  Why do some people feel guilty for needing this? Have you ever known some people who took pride in being a workaholic?  Was this attitude helpful to themselves and the people around them?
  • Besides the fact that we usually think of the Sabbath as Sunday, how is worship connected to resting?

Exodus 31:15   

  • What are the specifics of the Sabbath described in verse 15?
  • What’s the difference between Sabbath rest and taking a Sunday afternoon nap?
  • Using the list below what do you or the people around you value about Sabbath?
    • Watching TV
    • Reflection
    • Reading
    • Sports
    • Hobbies
    • Yardwork/Gardening
  • What makes rest holy?
  • What do you need to reevaluate during your day of rest?
  • Why do you think God was so serious about the Sabbath? What does the word “holy” mean in this passage?
  • React to the passage. How does it make you feel when you hear God’s penalty for disregarding the Sabbath?
  • In light of the commands found in Exodus 31:14-15, how would you grade your treatment of the Sabbath?
  • God roots this in the creation account – He made the world in six days and rested on the seventh. What does this tell us about God’s need for Sabbath?
  • Why is it so vital for us to have one day set aside each week to worship God and rest from our work?
  • Do you think Christ followers today take this day-of-rest principle less seriously than in ancient times? If so, why?

Exodus 31:16-17              

  • How would truly resting make believers distinctive in this world?
  • Can you recall a period of time when keeping the Sabbath was next to impossible?
  • What boundaries can we put in place to help us keep this covenant?
  • Do you ever feel guilty about resting? Why or why not?
  • Reading verse 17, do you really think God needed to be “refreshed”? Explain your response.
  • What is one specific way you could implement an improved plan of Sabbath rest in your weekly schedule?
  • God tells us to work six days and rest one – what happens in a culture when rest and relaxation become the higher value than work?
  • In your opinion does our culture value work more or relaxing more? Explain your answer.
  • What is the hardest part of establishing a Sabbath habit in your life?
  • As Christians, we follow the Lord of the Sabbath, not the Law of the Sabbath (see Mark 2:27-28). Under the New Covenant, Jesus offers us real rest (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:9-11), not as a form of legalism, but for our good. Jesus offers us rest not because we have to but because he knows we need to! How does his loving offer of rest change your understanding of and acceptance of a Sabbath rest?


  1. Dianne Ross says:

    This is a great help to me in preparing to teach, and I hope that you continue to make this available to us.

  2. Craig Barker says:

    I really do like the extra questions. Thanks for all the work you are putting into these lessons I appreciate it. Lubbock, TX

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