07: Lord of the Sabbath – Teaching Plan

Key Thought: Jesus, our Creator and Redeemer, gave us the Sabbath as a sign between Him and His people. It is His day given to man to enjoy a special time with Him.


[Teaching plan for “Lord of the Sabbath” February 15, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Mark 2:27,28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath?
C. Personal Application: Why do you think God made the Sabbath for man? What benefits do you personally get out of the Sabbath? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “When Jesus is saying this, He is defending Himself and His disciples against being accused of breaking the Sabbath. So this statement seems to say that the Sabbath doesn’t control man, but man controls the Sabbath and can determine what is lawful or appropriate on that day.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Deuteronomy 5:12-15.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do we sanctify the Sabbath today in such a way that it pleases God?
C. Personal Application: How does keeping the Sabbath remind you of God’s deliverance from sin for you? Or does it?
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, ”The Sabbath was for the Jews in remembrance of God’s deliverance for them in bringing them out of Egypt. The Sabbath is our Sunday as it reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection delivering us from the power of the grave.” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Matthew 12:9-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. If it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath day, what activities would be considered doing well, and what activities would be considered not doing well?
C. Personal Application: Have you ever “broken” the Sabbath day for what you considered a good reason? Share your experience..
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Because Jesus picked corn, or grain, healed, and talked of taking a sheep out of a pit on the Sabbath, was He a Sabbath-breaker, or was He telling us that keeping the Sabbath was no longer important?” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do Adventist evolutionary creationists view the purpose and reason for the Sabbath? If the world wasn’t made in six literal days, is there a need or purpose for a 24 hour Sabbath? Share your thoughts.
C. Personal Application: Do you view the Sabbath more as a time of fellow-Ship with church members, rest from labor, time to spend in communion With God, or a time to share the gospel with others?
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)



07: Lord of the Sabbath – Teaching Plan — 6 Comments

  1. Where we can, yes it is advisable that we do not light any fires or stoves. That could be the best, it is growing in Christ.

  2. The best way to keep the sabbath is by preparing for it.
    The best you are prepared, the better you are in not doing the things that could be avoided

  3. Please how do we tell people about the Sabbath because many don't know what to say when you ask about Sabbath and Sunday. How do we clear them because according to the lesson Jesus let the Pharisees know the difference about Sabbath and Sunday. Please I want somebody to tell me more about this Sabbath.

  4. What if Jesus had died on a Tuesday and resurrected on a Thursday. The wisdom of God supercede our limit of 70-year time frame. And I am so thankful for that. So in the milieu of all these deliberations and theories, let us follow the example of Jesus: Diligently seek the will of God through the personal revelations and insights of the Holy Spirit and go about each day seeking to reach out to others inspite of who they are and despite our human need for selfpreservation....
    Jesus is ALSO Lord of the Sabbath and he sought to bless humanity for the praise and exaltation of His Father and the expansion of the Kingdom of Grace on this earth. Let us promote the JOY of the Sabbath. Jesus-Others-You in our every day duties as we weekly celebrate the pleasure of spending time with Jesus now and throughout eternity.


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