The Sabbath is really all about love—love for the Creator and love for others, and being in community with others is fundamental to our life as a biblical community and our growth as disciples of Yeshua. Having said that, gathering with other believers on Sabbath is something we look forward to all week. When we gather on Saturdays at 10:30 am, we pray, worship, bless the children and share a teaching. None of this is time wasted, it is truly oil for our lamps as we wait for our Messiah’s return.
Perhaps you are new in the Sabbath observance as ordained and instructed in scripture. So here are some great ways you can observe the Sabbath with your family:
- Go to church; worshiping together produces vital strength in your relationship with God and with each other.
- Study the Bible together in ways that involve the whole family. Take turns reading a few verses, and then discuss them together and let each person express what those verses mean to them. If you have very young kids, read from a children’s Bible so they can understand.
- Pray together as a family, and let each person add a thought or two to the prayer based on their own needs and thankfulness.
- Get outside and enjoy nature! After church, go to a park and enjoy a picnic. On Sabbath afternoons, find a walkway, or enjoy the wonders of creation right in your own backyard. Go for a hike, watch birds and animals, or collect rocks, wildflowers, or leaves.
- Be a blessing! Visit the sick or an elderly person, feed the homeless or simply ask the Holy Spirit to led you in whom you can bless.
- And most importantly…Rest!
Sabbath is the day we should set aside all the distractions of the world, so we can draw close to our family and Yeshua to earn from Him together. With our focus on the Creator and on each other, we can honor Him and His special day as a family, and He promises that we will be greatly blessed. It’s a precious investment! After all, ” The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” – Mark 2:27