Learning to Rest
Building Strong Families – Part 4
Life Church – March 6, 2011
Pastor Dan Walker
Exodus 20:8-10 (NIV) Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work.
1. What is the Sabbath?
A. The Sabbath means ____________________
Mark 2:27 (NLT) Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.
B. When is the Sabbath? ___________________
Romans 14:5-6a (NLT) In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him.
2. What to do on your Sabbath day?
A. Use the Sabbath to rest your _________
Psalm 127:2 (NLT) It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
B. Use the Sabbath to recharge your ______________
Psalm 23:2-3 (NIV) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
Eccles. 9:9 (NIV) Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love.
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
B. Use the Sabbath to refocus your ____________
Isaiah 58:13-14a (NLT) “Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD’s holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. Then the LORD will be your delight.”
3. How to rest the rest of the week
A. Do only _________ work
Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
B. Put your trust in ____________
Hebrews 4:3 (NLT) For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.