Friday, December 21, 2007

The Command to Enter into the Lord's Rest

What, oh what, do we do with the 4th commandment? Deuteronomy 5:12 says, "Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy...." Christians through the centuries have wrestled with how to handle this old covenant command in a new covenant setting. Some say it is basically irrelevant; it has been abrogated; it has no application. On the other hand, some say it has simply been changed into the first day of the week - the Christian sabbath. Other Christians have ideas that fit into the spectrum everywhere in between. What should we make of this?

I would invite you to join us this Sunday as we delve into the 4th commandment. While we will deal with the meaning and application of the commandment, we do not do this as controversialists. We do this primarily to come to know and honor our great Lord. We want to bask in the sunshine of his glory revealed in this commandment. If your heart hungers to have a clear view of God in a world bent on obscuring him, then I think you will find our time together considering the 4th commandment to be deeply challenging and refreshing.

Songs
Angels from the Realms of Glory (#111)
As with Gladness Men of Old (#97)
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (#93)
Away in a Manger (#113)
To Us a Child of Hope Is Born (#114)
We Three Kings (#108)
Joy to the World (#92)

Scripture Reading
Psalm 119:97-112

Sermon
"The Command to Worship the Lord Physically by Faith" - Deuteronomy 5:12-15

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