I need to pray more. I should study my Bible more. Maybe I should try fasting. Spiritual disciplines are always flashing on our "To Do" lists.
We know they're valuable, but sometimes they can feel like monkeys on our backs, too. "These activities help deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ," writes Kevin Emmert, of PreachingToday.com. "But if we're honest, we also do these things in part because we believe that they contribute to our sanctification. After all, in order to become more like Christ you have to imitate him, right? . . . Amid all the devotion, however, the last thing we think of adding to our...disciplines is observing the Sabbath. This is surprising, since the Bible seems to think that rest may be the most significant and transformative activity of all."
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:8–11; 31:12–18; Luke 13:10–17; 1 Corinthians 3:5–7; Hebrews 4
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Sabbath confronts what may be prideful "spiritual activity."
—Teaching point two: Sabbath is an "above all" command.
—Teaching point three: Sabbath reminds us we are completely dependent upon God.
—Teaching point four: Sabbath reminds us that God is the primary agent in justification and sanctification.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "Resting in the Work of God" by Kevin Emmert
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