The Stop of Sabbath

If we neglect God’s structure for our rhythms of work and rest, we will find ourselves eventually burning out. The gift of the Sabbath is a needed weekly pause amid a culture committed to constant hurry.

September 19, 2021

Sermon Notes

The Problem

  • None of us will survive if we subscribe to the American pace for a successful life.
  • Most of us are nearing burnout not due to what we are doing but what we refuse to stop doing.
  • If you keep breaking the Sabbath, your schedule will eventually break you.

The Passage

  • Observing one day a week to stop obeys God’s command to set apart our days to His standards (5:12).
  • Create well for six days and enjoy what’s been created on the seventh day (5:13).
  • Forbidding even one’s assistants to work enforced the idea that the world is not dependent upon our productivity (5:14).
  • The Sabbath rhythm reminds us that we are not enslaved to the patterns of this world anymore (5:15).
  • We serve a God who commands us to remember weekly what He has done and what we don’t have to do (5:16).

The Process

  • Relentlessly remove distractions so you can be the most focused, productive version of yourself.
  • Diligently approach your calling to bring glory to God and good to others for six days a week.
  • Wisely prepare your schedule and your surroundings for a commitment to a Sabbath rest.
  • Weekly pause for one full day to remind yourself of who you are and who you are not.