Sabbath


Throughout December we walked through different gifts that the Lord has freely given us, his children, but often we leave wrapped. Sunday, December 15, I spoke on the gift of rest, what the bible calls sabbath. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the service in its entirety HERE. Throughout the week following, I was blown away at the amount of emails, calls, text messages, and conversations created around a topic that obviously resonated with many of you. I want you to know that we heard you!

The topic revealed that the pace of life kept by so many of us is not only unsustainable, but actually violates a core principle in us. We are wired for, and all need, a weekly rhythm of rest. In Mark 2 Jesus tells his disciples, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” The Sabbath was given as a gift from God for the needs of man, not man created to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. It’s more than a law to obey, it’s a need of our souls. So the question remains – “How do I experience Sabbath?”

We wanted to provide some resources, books, articles, etc. that will help you start the conversation with the Lord personally, and with those closest to you. It’s a journey that is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are rich! Come to the site as often as you like, as we will be updating and refreshing the materials here regularly for the next few weeks and months. We want to give you the best opportunity to invite this practice into your life and the lives of your family members. I love you church!

Matt Roberson
Lead Pastor



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Central Elements to Sabbath

The spiritual exercise of Sabbath causes us to stop our normal routine and surrender our time to God as an expression of trust in Him. Peter Scazzero outlines the following from his book “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” as ways to experience sabbath rest. This exercise can be done in a few moments or expanded to into a day. Find a time and rhythm that allow you to have meaningful interaction with God.

  • Stopping – We stop our activity and pause to be with the Living God
  • Centering – Spend five minutes centering down to release tensions and distractions and being resting in the love of God.
    1. Be attentive and open
    2. Sit still
    3. Sit straight
    4. Breathe slow, deeply, and naturally
    5. Close your eyes or lower them to the ground
  • Silence – Quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to God.
  • Scripture – Read a portion of Scripture such as a Psalm to help focus your thoughts on the Lord.