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Bookmark and ShareLesson 3 – July 16The Sabbath and Worship

Scripture Focus

Exodus 20:11; Deuteronomy 5:15; Isaiah 44:15-20; Romans 6:16-23; Matthew 11:28-30;


Sabbath worship in Scripture teaches us that God is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

Materials Needed

Blank white paper, watercolor paint sets, 3x5-inch cards with YES written on one side and NO on the other (one card for each member), glue, Popsicle sticks

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. As a group, make a list of activities that can be done on Sabbath; list an equal number of activities that involve worshiping God and activities that are sheer entertainment. Then read this list aloud and have members vote (by holding up their cards) on whether or not they think these activities reflect what God intended when Sabbath was created.
  2. Many believe that the fourth commandment isn’t relevant today, that it was given only for Israel. One by one, read the other nine commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. Discuss what our homes, towns, country, and world would be like if we believed that they, too, were irrelevant.

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. Which of God’s qualities comes through most clearly to your heart when you worship on Sabbath? Point to an object in your meeting room and describe this quality in relationship to it.
  2. Thought Questions

What does God want us to remember in the Sabbath commandment of Exodus 20:11?

  1. That we should not work on the Sabbath
  2. That the seventh day is the Sabbath
  3. That God is the Creator
  4. That the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy
  5. That Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday evening
  6. Other...

What does God want us to remember in the Sabbath commandment in Deuteronomy 5:15?

  1. That we should not work on the Sabbath
  2. That the seventh day is the Sabbath
  3. That God is the Redeemer
  4. That the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy
  5. That Sabbath ends at sundown on Saturday evening
  6. Other...

Isaiah 44:15-20 illustrates the thinking (or lack of) in the mind of an idol worshiper. Read this passage together and ask yourselves, “How might we have similar thinking today?”

  1. We might laugh at people who bow down to a wooden idol, but sometimes we worship a favorite car.
  2. Some worship their money or covet the money of others.
  3. “My opinions mean so much to me. I just happen to be right.” Can we worship ourselves?
  4. “I don’t need you or anyone else. I can take care of myself.” (See verse 20.)
  5. There really isn’t much in our modern culture to compare to idol worship.
  6. Other...

Read Matthew 11:28-30. What might this passage teach us about Sabbath?

  1. The “rest” needed in this passage was directed at “burdens” God did not intend for us to carry.
  2. When we rest in Jesus, we are resting from the work of trying to save ourselves.
  3. Sabbath rest really means physical rest and refreshment.
  4. Taking Jesus’ yoke emphasizes the close walk we are to have with our Lord.
  5. Being humble before God reminds us of our mighty Creator, Great Redeemer, and soon-coming Lord.
  6. Other...

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to the larger group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: When you were growing up, was Sabbath a joy or a burden? What made it that way? Discuss and, if necessary, brainstorm resolutions.
  • Option 2: With paper and paints, paint a picture of the perfect Sabbath day. Let your color choices express your emotions. Share your painting with your group, explaining your choices.
  • Option 3: Volunteer to help make Sabbath a delight for the young people in your church. Meet with the division leaders and offer ideas on outings, programs, etc. Then volunteer your time and skills to make these events happen.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. Put yourself in Jesus’ place and consider the way you usually spend Sabbath. Does Christ feel worshiped? Does the Savior feel ignored? How can you make this a day in which the two of you connect on a very personal level?
  2. Picture Jesus as your Creator who spoke this world into existence; as your Redeemer who died on the cross for your sins; as your Sanctifier who convicts and coverts you on heaven’s timetable. Make plans to spend next Sabbath being fully aware of these three attributes of Jesus.

Next Week’s Scripture Focus

Exodus 25:1-22; 29:38, 39; 35; Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 12, 18; 16:13-16

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