• Keeping the Sabbath Devotional

    Jeremiah 17:19–27

    There are differing views in the Reformed tradition of what new covenant Sabbath-keeping entails. Yet all agree that honoring the Lord’s Day is not about impersonal ritual but sustaining and strengthening the vital personal relationship we have with our Creator in Christ Jesus. Jeremiah’s focus on the heart (Jer. 4:4; 17:10; 31:33) indicates that when we follow a liturgy and seek to obey the Lord, putting our heart into such things separates God-honoring formality from disobedient formalism. View Resource

  • Fulfilling the Sabbath Devotional

    Hebrews 4:9–11

    The fact that people have disagreed over Lord’s Day observance and that it should not be an issue that divides Christians is not to say that the matter is unimportant. Instead, it is to recognize that there is a degree of ambiguity on this matter that we don’t find with issues such as the doctrine of the Trinity or the deity of Christ. Whatever view of the Sabbath we hold, we should endeavor to make sure it can always be reformed by Scripture when necessary. View Resource

  • Gathering Together Devotional

    Hebrews 10:24–25

    There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Heb. 4:9). In our glorification, we will finally and fully rest from our sin and the weariness of laboring in a creation that is suffering the effects of the Lord’s curse. Resting on the Lord’s Day is an anticipation of that glorious reality and a means by which we can live in the present that life we will enjoy fully in the future. Let us rest on the Lord’s Day in hopes of the great rest to come. View Resource

  • The Fourth Commandment Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    In one sense, all of life is worship (1 Cor. 10:31). At the same time, however, it is fitting that we set aside time to gather with God’s people to remember His salvation and to thank Him for His deliverance. The best time to do this is on the day of the week Jesus was raised for our justification, which was the first day of the week that we now commemorate as the Lord’s Day. We should make every attempt to be in church every Sunday. View Resource

  • The Rest to Come Devotional

    Psalm 95

    When we rest on the Lord’s Day, we are reminded that the world has not yet been transformed and that there is a better day coming when we will no longer have to deal with thorns and thistles or any of the other pain that is present in a world still suffering the effects of the curse. This Lord’s Day, as you are in worship and at home, take some time to meditate on the eternal rest to come to all who are in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • The Fourth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:8–11

    In the ongoing call to be imitators of God (Eph. 5:1–2), one of the ways we can pattern our lives after His is to make sure we alternate periods of rest and work in our families. We should be setting aside time, especially on the Lord’s Day, to rest and spend time with our loved ones. We should also be diligently working during those times when we are not at rest. Would anyone be able justly to accuse you of working or resting too much? View Resource

  • The Aim of the Sabbath Devotional

    Matthew 12:9–14

    John Calvin comments, “Nothing could be more unreasonable than to pronounce a man, who imitated God, to be a transgressor of the Sabbath.” The Father gives His law for our benefit, and we must never forget this lest we improperly apply it to our lives here and now. Take some time today to read through the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1–17) and think on how each one carries with it a specific benefit for mankind. View Resource

  • Greater than the Temple Devotional

    Matthew 12:1–8

    John Chrysostom wrote: “Did Christ then attempt to repeal a law so beneficial as the sabbath law? Far from it. Rather, he greatly magnified the sabbath. For with Christ came the time for everyone to be trained by a higher requirement” (Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew, 39.3). In Christ we know that mercy and justice, biblically defined, must guide how we apply the letter of the Law. We are as bad as the Pharisees if we ignore these principles. View Resource

  • God Rested Devotional

    Genesis 2:1-3

    How do you spend your time on Sundays? Are you attending a church where you can worship and fellowship with other believers? Do you spend a restful day with your family and friends, or do you labor in ways that are best kept for other days of the week? When was the last time you visited someone in need? Take some time today and plan to visit someone this Sunday after you worship with your local congregation. View Resource

  • Rest for God’s People Devotional

    Hebrews 4:9–10

    Just like the possession of Canaan, the weekly Sabbath is a type of the rest to come. As we set aside time weekly to enjoy the Lord by worshiping Him, we anticipate the eternal Sabbath worship to come. When you go to church on Sunday, remember that your worship is only a foretaste of the worship to come. View Resource

  • Sabbath Rest for God Devotional

    Hebrews 4:4–5

    Some believe that had Adam not fallen into sin, he would have entered an even greater rest than the one enjoyed in Eden. While we cannot be sure of this, we do know that we will enjoy an even greater rest than Eden’s because sin makes us able to know God as the Redeemer. Praise God for the greater rest that is to come. View Resource