03: The Sabbath and Worship- Teaching Plan

Key Thought: Sabbath worship immortalizes God’s act of Creation, delivers us from sin, and gives us restoration to holiness.

[See Lesson 3: The Sabbath and Worship]

1. Have a volunteer read Exodus 20:11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why did God rest on the Sabbath? He doesn’t get tired. Why did He bless it and make that particular day holy?

C. Personal Application: In what ways do you make sure you keep the Sabbath day holy? In what ways should we be keeping Sabbath holy, but are falling short as individuals or as a church?

D. Case Study : One of your relatives states, “How can you believe in Creation when all the scientific evidence seems to prove and indicate that the earth and all its inhabitants have undergone an evolutionary process?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Romans 6:16-23.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What does it mean to be free from sin? If we struggle with sin, are we free from it? Share your thoughts.

C. Personal Application: Do you consider yourself free from sin? How does keeping the Sabbath help remind you that God has given you victory over sin?

D. Case Study : One of your friends states, ”If the Sabbath is a symbol of victory over sin, and we keep it in memory of God’s victory in redemptive power, how do we keep from being too lax in our Sabbath observance, or too legalistic in our attitude toward the Sabbath?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Exodus 31:13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is a sign? How does the Sabbath signify God’s ability to set us apart as holy, or to sanctify us?

C. Personal Application: Do you feel like you are a holy, sanctified person? Do you always act and think like a holy, sanctified person? What needs to change?

D. Case Study : One of your neighbors states, “You Adventists are trying to earn heaven by legalism and Sabbath-keeping. We don’t have to keep the Sabbath anymore. God has declared us righteous through Christ’s merits.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Matthew 11:28-30.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What kind of rest is Jesus speaking of here? Physical, mental, or spiritual?

C. Personal Application : What burdens are you carrying that you need to rest from? How can we learn to lay these at the feet of Jesus and receive true rest from these burdens?

D. Case Study : Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)



03: The Sabbath and Worship- Teaching Plan — 9 Comments

    • You're acknowledging Him as your God and Creator, the one who led the children of Isreal out of bondage, the one who led us out of bondage from sin and the one who created the Sabbath to help us remember these things. Hence, in honoring the Sabbath we honor God for doing these things as He told us to do when He said remember. Remember what I've done for you. Hope this helps!

    • The Sabbath worship does not deliver us from sin, but the Grace of GOD through Christ's sacrifice (the blood of Christ). Ephesians 2:8 makes it clear. Rather it acknowledges God as the creator, the redeemer, and the sanctifier.

    • Valentin, I concur with you that the key thought said exactly that, and it shouldn't have. I do not believe that the writer intended to convey such a legalistic idea, however. The connection I see is that the Sabbath, in addition to being a memorial of creation, is also a reminder of our redemption from sin. We see this in the Sabbath commandment in Deuteronomy 5, where Israel is reminded that they had been slaves in Egypt, just as we all had been slaves of sin. Also, there are texts where the Sabbath is held up as a sign of our connection with the One who sanctifies us (makes us holy).

      So, in a sense, Sabbath observance could indirectly help to set us free from sin, by reminding us of our redemption in Christ. Does this help?

  1. God in his power and wisdom saw the need for man to set aside some precious time and fully focus on God and his meaning to MAN'S LIFE.He did this by example,rested on the seventh day and hallowed it.What an example,what more do we need? Just like he saw the need to tithe for

    God in his power and wisdom saw the need to set aside one day of the week for man to rest and focus fully on God's meaning to our life.He did this by example by resting from all his work and hallowed the day and so commanded man to do the same.What more does man need? We are not resting on the Sabbath to fulfill a personal need but to praise and worship God for a precious gift of creation and his plan of salvation of which we are partakers.

  2. Worship can be an act &/or an attitude. If we only observe Sabbath rituals and observe the "don't", then it is legalism. If we have an attitude of praise and desire to connect with and worship our Creator (Ex 29), Deliverer (Deut 5) and Sanctifier (Ex 31) then it becomes true worship and a sanctifying experience which is part of the transforming process whereby we become more like the one we worship.
    The Sabbath delivers us from false world views and helps us realize who we are in relation to our Creator and our need of Jesus in our life. Realization of our need, is the one thing that is needed for deliverance from sin.

  3. Sabbath worship will never deliver anyone from sin. Christs perfect life and selfless sacrifice is what will deliver us from our sins. The Sabbath gives us the opportunity to be with our creator (Jesus). If someone says to you "I will be at 4th & Main every Tuesday" then, if you wanted to see them, you would no when & where to go. If you didn't want to see them it would be easy to avoid them. God says he will meet us on the Sabbath so that we can be with Him. If we want to experience the blessing that comes from being in Gods presence then we should go to His house on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is not a way to attain sinless holiness, but rather it is a time to come away from our daily routine and experience Jesus on a personal level. Rather than trying to think up ways to keep the Sabbath holy I believe we would benefit much more abundantly by just trying to be like Jesus. Lock yourself away in your bedroom and sing hymns and pray, but also go out into the public and show people the fruits of the Spirit. Remember, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.

  4. The Sabbath is not for us to compromise on, it is God's Holy day, who are we to compromise about what to be done on the Sabbath day. If God says that it is to be hallowed throughout your generation, than it should be, or as even the stranger who is in your house has to keep the holiness of the Sabbath and your servants and animals. (Exodus 20:10).
    So what else are we compromising about? Remember what Cain did, he thought what his mind compromised about was right(Proverbs 14:12). but it was not acceptable from God. (Genesis 4:3-6).
    The Sabbath commandment is a commandment that is seriously being regarded highly from God, even those who disregard the Sabbath as Isaiah 58:13,14 says are missing out big time on it's mere blessings.

  5. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.


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