Honor | Part 5 | #4: Rest 04 Feb

The fourth commandment says, “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8). What’s so special about the Sabbath that it made God’s top ten? How does it apply to us today? Join us as we learn about this special day of rest and how it can be a life-giving blessing in your life. #GCHonor

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Sabbath-keeping theological traditions:

  • 7th Day Adventist
  • Sabbatarians


The Sabbath is not morally binding on Christians today:

  1. The Mosaic covenant has been terminated.
  2. Unlike the other 9 commandments, this one was never reaffirmed in the New Testament.
  3. The New Testament says that Christians are no longer bound to the Sabbath.


Observing the Sabbath is not binding but is incredibly wise and helpful.


Sabbath: “cease from producing”


How do we restore our soul?

  • Divert daily
  • Withdraw weekly
  • Abandon annually


Start reading.

Key Scripture:

Exodus 20:8–11 (NLT)

8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

Colossians 2:16–17 (NLT)

16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.

Romans 14:5 (NLT)

5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

      I will be honored by every nation.

      I will be honored throughout the world.”

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What does the perfect day off look like for you?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Is there something you do that you feel brings rest to your soul?
  • Read Exodus 20:8-11.  What do Sabbatarians believe about the Sabbath Day?
  • Pastor Troy said one of the reasons that the Sabbath commandment is no longer binding for Christians is because the Mosaic covenant has been terminated.  What does that mean?
  • Read Colossians 2:16-17 and Romans 14:5.  What point was Paul making about the Sabbath in both verses?  What would you say to someone who says that you are in sin because you don’t worship on the true Sabbath Day which is Saturday?
  • Discuss this statement:  Observing the Sabbath is not binding but it is incredibly wise and helpful.  Have you found that to be true in your life?
  • Read Psalm 46:10.  How do you practice this verse?
  • How do you disconnect from the world and hear God’s voice?
  • What would a weekly Sabbath Day look like for you?  How can our small group hold you accountable for observing it?
  • Do you have any vacations planned this year?  What do you hope to accomplish on the vacation?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Set aside one day and take a Sabbath. Be intentional and plan which activities you will avoid, and those in which you will participate.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Give thanks to Jesus that His burden is light and that, in Him, we can find rest for our souls. Ask for His help to be obedient and faithful to His commands, including observing the Sabbath, which was made for us. Praise and thank Him for the undeserved mercy and grace which we can only find in Him, when we inevitably fall short.

Start digging. For further study.


Troy Knight

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