Abiding in Rest

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This post is meant to be read with the sermon “Abide in Rest.”
Click here to listen, and then click back to this post to read along.

The Big Ten

  • No other gods.
  • No graven images.
  • Don’t take the LORD’s name in vain.
  • Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  • Don’t murder.
  • Don’t commit adultery.
  • Don’t steal.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Don’t covet.

#4 is the least understood commandment, but it is extremely important.

So what was/is Sabbath?

  • A day of rest, devoted to God.
    • Exodus 20:8-11

How serious was God about the Sabbath?

  • Life and Death
    • Exodus 31:12-17

Why did God give Sabbath to His people?

  • A Day to Rest (Leviticus 23:3)
  • A Day to Remember (Deut 5:15)
  • A Day to Worship (Mark 1:21)

What does this have to do with us?

  • First of all, Christians are not required to observe the Sabbath in the same way as Israel. (Mark 2:27, Colossians 2:16-19, Hebrews 4)
  • The Principle of Sabbath Rest
    • Even though we are not required to Sabbath, we shouldn’t neglect the principle of taking a regular Sabbath rest.

So how can we abide in rest?

  • We need to develop rhythms in our life.  Here are three specific areas.
    • Rhythms of Rest
      • (Create boundaries that protect your ability to rest. My example: Email Boundaries)
    • Rhythms of Reflection 
      • (Work to develop ways to regularly reflect.  My Example: Journaling)
    • Rhythms of Worship 
      • (Weekly Worship, Family Worship, & Private Devotions)

Recommended Resources:

Here are some resources that I have found helpful.
41ymerlulGL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Making Room for Life – Randy Frazee

DeYoung Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung

 

The Family Crisis

We have lost our way when it comes to the family.

And when we find ourselves lost, it is always good to stop, look back, and figure out where we go from here.

It is at this point, that Dr. Al Mohler provides some helpful insight in one of his recent posts.

He wisely concludes that since the family is a theological institution, put in place by God, then it is the responsibility of the church to lead the family home.

Here it is in his words.

“Before anything else, the family crisis is a theological crisis. And a theological crisis is the church’s responsibility. In other words, the first responsibility in addressing the family crisis is ours, and ours alone.”

Read the entire post here.