Hebrews: Sabbath Rest (Hebrews 3:16–4:13)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — Here are announcements specific to Moscow. 

  • 101: “Partnership”
    March 6 & 13, 1:00–3:00 pm at Real Life, Moscow Campus
    This class is designed to present you with a detailed explanation of the structure of the church, what we believe, and the vision and mission of our church. Questions and open dialogue are encouraged. Taught by Aaron Couch, our Lead Coach, this class is two parts and offered on consecutive Sundays. Sign up at liferotp.com/calendar.
  • Seder Meal
    March 22, 6:00–9:00 pm
    Marty Solomon will be leading us in a reenactment of the Passover meal Jesus and His disciples observed the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Sign-ups close March 1. Sign up at liferotp.com/calendar.

WELCOME — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Help new believers, visitors, and members feel valued and welcomed.
  • Start at the moment someone arrives and don’t end until everyone is gone.
  • Establish a foundation for relationships.

OPENING PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Invite God’s Holy Spirit into our presence.
  • Prepare our hearts for what God has for us.
  • Shift our attention from individual fellowship to the group.

PURPOSE/VISION CASTING — Don’t read through the list; say them in your own words.

“The purpose of this group is…”

  • to mature in our relationship with God.
  • to have the people we need around us to disciple and encourage us.
  • to be here for others in the group; to encourage and disciple others.
  • to live life together; we are here for each other in the joyful and difficult moments of our lives.
  • to invite other people into a relational environment, which means our group will branch at some point; when that point comes, if you would like to lead or host a group, please let me know.

GROUND RULES — Cover all the ground rules.

  • Confidentiality: What’s said in the group stays in the group.
  • Listen: Let’s value one another during the discussions by really listening to what is being shared. Try to avoid thinking about how you are going to respond or what you are going to say next.
  • Pause: Allow a pause in conversation after someone shares to give the person sharing a chance to finish and give the group an opportunity to consider what was shared before responding.
  • Silence: It is important to allow silence in the group as it provides an opportunity for someone to share and for members in the group to process the topic or question being considered.
  • No Cross Talk: Be considerate of others as they are sharing. No side conversations.
  • No Fixing: We are not here to fix each other. Jesus does that. Give encouragement, speak truth, and point to Jesus. Don’t try to fix each other.
  • No Rescuing: When people are sharing something deeply personal, there can be a tendency to make them feel better about themselves or the situation by providing immediate condolences. This will often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the temptation to rescue people.
  • Sharing: Be sensitive about the amount of time you share.
  • Use “I” statements: It’s easy to talk about the issues of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “they,” “the church,” “us,” “we,” etc.
  • Household Rules: We appreciate those who open their home up to CARE Groups and out of respect to them we need to… (e.g., take shoes off, clean up toys afterward, put chairs back, leave by 8 pm, etc.)

OPENING CONNECTION — Use the following icebreaker.

·      Where is your favorite vacation spot? Why?


STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

“Last Sunday was our fourth message on the book of Hebrews. In this series we are looking at how Jesus is a better way. This week we are looking at how God provides a place of rest in the midst of our hard places.”

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • Hebrews 3:16–4:13

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passage.

  • Was anything missed or added from the story?


  • The “Gospel” has always been about something far wider and deeper than merely getting you to the “Promised Land.”
  • We can choose to trust in the promises of God and find a place of true rest, or we can rebel against those promises and perish.
  • Apparently the Word of God is an important part of this experience.
  • This Sabbath Rest is not about going to heaven or being rescued from your suffering — it is about a very present reality that is true in the deepest parts of who you are.

DEBRIEF THE STORY — Ask the questions. (Note: You do not have to ask all of these questions. Start with the implications and work towards “What is God asking you to do?”)

  • Which of the implications from Sunday’s sermon meant the most to you? Why?
  • What did we learn about God from this story?
  • What did we learn about man from this story?
  • How can you use this story to disciple someone?
  • How do you apply this story in your own life?
  • What is God asking you to do?

CLOSE IN PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; choose a way to close in prayer.

  • Take prayer requests.
  • Pray about the conversation that you just had.
  • Break up in smaller groups to pray as an option