How Does the Fourth Commandment Apply in Our Day?

How Does the Fourth Commandment Apply in Our Day?

 Deuteronomy 5:12-16

 12 “‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Hebrews 4:9-10

 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.



 1. How does it apply to our society?

Exodus 20:11

2. How does it apply distinctively to the church?

Deuteronomy 5:15

Exodus 31:12-17

3. How did the early church obey this commandment?

John 20:19

Acts 20:7-12

4. How did Jesus obey this commandment?

Luke 6:1-11

Luke 13:14-17


5. Summary Principles for Us.









Ladies Bible Studies – Fall 2016

Sunday Evenings (Beginning September 25th)

Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Location: Kimberly Haney’s Home

17822 Oyster Bay Court, Dumfries

Contact: Kimberly Haney, 571-432-8195

Focus: The Armor of God


Tuesday Mornings (Beginning September 20th)

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Barbara Willsher’s Home

13891 Calico Lane, Manassas

Contact: Nancy Sampson, 703-909-1517

Book: The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis by Nancy Guthrie


Thursday Mornings (Beginning September 22nd)

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Michelle Kessler’s home

17810 Oyster Bay Court, Dumfries

Contact: Emily Butler

Book: A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table, by Tim Chester



Prayer Focus for Finland – Sunday, August 28


Finland, Europe: The heritage of sending missionaries is under threat. The strength of mission sending has largely been through parachurch agencies or independent movements within the larger Lutheran framework. The churches need to catch a missions vision and become more involved in the sending process, rather than relying totally on agencies. But an over-centralization of mission-sending structures, under the rubric of the Lutheran Church, could drastically stunt missions as it could effectively isolate mission sending from the congregations altogether. The disconnectedness of many Finns from local churches doesn’t help the situation. Specific mission-mobilizing events have helped bring together different agencies and raise the profile of missions. Pray for more workers as well as more supporters.

Men’s ministry is a real need in Finland. Discipling men is difficult in a highly passive and private culture. Pray for ministries that will be able to call Finns into relationships that involve pastoring, mentoring and accountability. For more information, go to

God’s Anitdote for Busyness

God’s Antidote for Busyness


Exodus 20:8-11


“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Prayer Focus for Fiji – Sunday, August 21

fiji-MMAP-smFiji, Pacific: The Methodist Church has been the de facto state church in Fiji for 150 years as well as the faith of the majority of ethnic Fijians. It has also been tightly aligned with the nation’s political structures – to the detriment of the gospel. Methodism’s past failure to adequately condemn the endemic racism and racially motivated coups has prompted splits within the Church. A lack of spiritual vitality has spurred a large-scale exodus to newer denominations. But there has also been change in recent years as issues of renewal and reconciliation have come to the fore. Pray for new life and right priorities for this highly influential denomination. For more information, go to

Christian Education Classes – Fall 2016

Christian Education – Fall 2016

Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15

September 4 – November 27


Babies, Toddlers & Moms (Moms with children Ages 2 & under) Bible study for moms with children 2 & under. Led by Michelle Kessler

Preschool (Ages 3–4) In this quarter, children will learn of God’s promises of redemption, blessing, faithfulness, deliverance, and a Savior. Taught by Kristi Thornton

Younger Elementary (Grades K–3) This quarter will focus on growing in God: learning about Our Heavenly Father, trusting God for power to live for Him, and Listening to God’s word. Taught by Elena Mourad

Older Elementary (Grades 4–6) This quarter will cover 1 Samuel through Esther, focusing on the history of Israel’s prophets, priests, and kings and the people’s subsequent exile and return to the Promised Land. Taught by Maria Dunn

Youth Group (Grades 7 – 12) The Youth will explore apologetics this quarter with the goal to “develop accurately informed minds, artful methods, and an attractive manner that makes us high-impact ambassadors for Christ.” Taught by Josh Kiihne

Friendship Class (Special Needs Education)

Those of all ages with intellectual disabilities will study together from the Scriptures. Taught by Peggy Van Lowe and one mentor for each student.


Adult Education

Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically This class is designed to help bring us into contact with our God as He is described in the Scriptures. Each week there will be a video and discussion focused on one aspect of beholding our God. Taught by the Elders

 Christian Teens at Risk: A Parent’s Guide to Help Teens Think Biblically About Gender Confusion Taught by Gary Yagel

Prayer Focus for Falkland Islands – Sunday, August 14


Falkland Islands, Latin America: There are only three significant denominations among the Islanders (Anglican, Roman Catholic and Tabernacle United Free Church). Most of the population are very nominal in what faith they may have. Pray for a renewal of faith in all three of these groups. Pray for believers in their witness to fellow Islanders and to fishermen, oilmen and tourists of different nationalities who stop off in the islands. For more information, go to

Commandment #3b: Keep Your Word

Deuteronomy 5:11


11 “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain


Matthew 5:33-37


33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Commandment #3: Honor God’s Name?

Exodus 20:7

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guitless who takes his name in vain.

Prayer Focus for Ethiopia – Sunday, August 7


Ethiopia, Africa: The nation continues to be torn with social, political and economic crises:

  1. a) Hostilities with neighbors Eritrea and Somalia cripple efforts to revive and modernize the country. The Eritrean war was immensely costly in money and lives for no real gain. Embroilment in the civil conflict in Somalia could become a huge expense.
  2. b) Ethnic fragmentation remains a possibility. Regionalization brings greater autonomy to the major ethnic groups – Amhara, Tigrinya, Oromo, Somali and Afar. Some scenarios could see federal power break down and tribalism increase.

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