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The Importance of Sabbath

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Alyssa Cheng

on 1 August 2014

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Transcript of The Importance of Sabbath

Why do I Have to go to Church?

What is the purpose of Sabbath?
Saturday or Sunday?
Keeping the Sabbath
How do we keep the Sabbath?
Attend worship services at church
Remember God’s creation
Pursue holiness

Benefits/Restrictions
"The Sabbath is such a hassle, there’s so many restrictions on what I can’t do. I’d rather be hanging out with my friends and going to parties."
To remind us of God's creation and salvation
Covenant between God and Israelites
Sanctified and separation from the world
Sabbath prefigures eternal rest
For physical and spiritual rest
"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mk 2:27)
BUT
The seventh day is saturday
In 321AD Emperor Constantine issued the day to be Sunday because he was a sun-worshipper
"Your church is weird. Everyone else goes to church on a Sunday.
"
"But why is it so important to keep Sabbath?

Because...
Jesus Christ observed the sabbath (Lk 4:16)
Jesus himself instructed the disciples to keep the Sabbath
So we must...
Pursue holiness and hope for eternal rest
Perform evangelical and charitable works (Mt 12:9-14)
"But....My friends invited me to a party this week. It’s no big deal skipping church... right...?
"
God comes before all. He should be our main priority
Sabbath is a day set apart by God, those who observe it are blessed
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words," (Is 58:13)
Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Is 58:14)
Not a burden because as Sabbath is a day set apart by God, you will surely be blessed if you observe the Sabbath.
Allows for spiritual and physical rest
Keeping the commandments of God is not burdensome if you love Him.
There are restrictions in order to stay holy and pure
May seem like a restriction, but in fact, it benefits us, as the Sabbath was made for us

QUESTIONS?
Exodus 20:8-11
8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9Six days you shall labour and do all your work,

10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.

11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Origin of the Sabbath
*Dress appropriately
*Have reverent attitude(punctual, heart at peace)
*Pure conduct (speech- coarse joking. sing loudly)


Scenario 1:

Charlie is a student in UPC and his classmates and teachers have recently noticed that he has been late to service for the past couple of weeks. He will often arrive halfway through the morning sermon and run into the chapel out of breath.
They also noticed that he often likes to look around during prayer and not focus.

What is wrong with this?
As a friend how would you approach him about this?
Scenario 2:

Julia is a student from UPC and recently her classmates notice a change in her clothing in church.
She would often wear mini shorts/skirts and sleeveless tops to church. She likes to wear whats in fashion and thinks its cool to be trendy. Furthermore, she is is always talking about how she would rather be at her friend's parties on Saturday.

What is wrong with this situation?
How would you approach her and talk to her about it?
Scenario 3
Billy likes to bring all his toys to church. Even though he keeps it in his bag during service and class, he often finds himself not focusing and only thinking about his games. When he asked to help out with dishes he complained because he wanted to play his games.

What is wrong with his situation?
As his spiritual companion, how would you approach him?
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