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Learning is an act of discipleship. God has created us to learn and grow not just through acquiring knowledge, but by connecting that knowledge to our own lived experiences. In other words, our faith becomes real when it is acted upon in our everyday lives; and as we act upon that faith, our knowledge and conviction deepens and grows.
The exercises in the Learning Guide are best completed in a small group, where dialogue, questions, and stories can flow in a respectful and safe environment. Consider appointing a facilitator to guide the conversation in a timely manner and to ensure that the discussion remains relevant to people’s experiences, includes everyone and their diverse viewpoints, and challenges people to engage their knowledge by finding an immediate context to apply their learning.
This Learning Guide accompanies articles and artistic content in Resonance, Volume 3.4: Sabbath: Rest as Resistance. In this volume, we seek to explore a spiritual practice that is perhaps one of the most neglected in modern western societies: the practice of sabbath rest. Sabbath is a foundational concept that threads through the entire scriptural canon and is one of the most obvious markers of faith within the Jewish and Christian traditions. We find that it is instituted by God as a vital practice and he commands its observance among the newly liberated community of Israel. What is more, we are told that this practice issues from the very character of God and from the creation narrative we find that God himself practices what he preaches. Given the biblical force of this discipline, it is a somewhat strange experience to observe western society and realize that the intentional observance of Sabbath is almost nowhere to be found. What does such an absence imply about the character of our society? Does the practice of Sabbath rest remain relevant for today’s church? And if so, what can the Christ follower in today’s world do to reappropriate this spiritual practice, and what might happen if they did?
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