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What do The Truman Show, Barbie, and WandaVision have in common? No, this isn’t a joke—just an observation. We seem to be drawn to movies where we see a character come to a realization about their environment and place in a community. There is something very relatable about watching a protagonist learn that things aren’t as they seem, and rather, they are essentially a prisoner in their own world and just a cog in a machine. In all of these particular examples, the main character notices something is not right and starts to peel back the layers of lies until they get to the bottom of it and finally feel free and informed to choose their own destiny. My journey toward understanding and experiencing Sabbath has been somewhat similar (though not deserving of an Oscar or Emmy). This week we’re going to look at what it means to make Sabbath a demonstration of freedom.

Jennifer Acuff and the teaching team

Big Idea

Practicing Sabbath can be an expression of freedom from the confines of our acquisitional and oppressive society.

Take Away

By collectively rejecting the oppressive obligations of our society in practicing Sabbath, we make room for contemplation and practice of loving God, ourselves, and others.


Galatians 5:1, 13-18 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

Practicing Sabbath is a unifying expression of the freedom we have through Jesus. It’s not about getting it just right and doing it “religiously,” but rather using the discipline to transform us into people who see God’s blessings, sustenance, and purpose for our lives.


What’s Next?

Sabbath as Community.

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