Today I preached on the Sabbath. Following is my sermon outline. I may do another post that more clearly says what I found to be a true Sabbath. We’ll see. 🙂

How do we fulfill the Sabbath?

Date preached: 08/26/07, Sebewaing
RCL Proper 16C
Text: Luke 13:10-17 and Isaiah 58
Subject: How do we fulfill the Sabbath?
Complement: In moderation between legalism and neglect.
Exegetical Idea: The Sabbath was far from what it should have been.
Homiletic Idea: The Sabbath is misunderstood and misused and should be correctly used.
Purpose: Hearers will lose legalistic tendencies and honor the Sabbath.
Type: Deductive, Expository


  • Come now is the time to worship
  • Praise ye the Lord
  • O for a thousand tongues
  • Better is one day
  • O worship the king


  • The family of God

Read Luke 13:10-17

I. What a Sabbath is:

A. A Gift

1 From God to his children

a.) God blessed children with a day of rest

b.) A day that no one could make anyone else work

c.) Mark Buchanan says in The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring the Sabbath,

d.) “God gave us the gift of the Sabbath – not just as a day, but as an orientation, a way of seeing and knowing.”

e.) I learned to join them, the cats in their cradles of sunlight. I curled up or sprawled out beside them and catnapped too. It had a unique power to replenish. Fifteen, twenty minutes later, a shadow like a cool, dry hand edged up my flesh and nudged me awake. I stirred, set up, and went about the rest of my day freshly aware. That image comes to mind when I think of Sabbath; a patch of sunlight falling through a window on a winter’s day. It’s a small yet ample chunk of space, a narrow yet full segment of time. In it, you can lie down and rest. From it, you can rise up and go—stronger, lighter, ready to work again with vigor and a clear mind. It is room enough, time enough, in which to relinquish all encumbrances, to act as though their existence has nothing whatsoever to do with your won. It is an invitation, at one and the same time, to empty yourself and fill yourself.” (Quote found on Biblical Parenting Blog)

2 An outpouring of His love (more…)