ALIVE Wesleyan Church


Broken Halos

Dec 02, 2018

Sabbath (Broken Halos - Week 1)

Our lives are burdened under the epidemic of busyness.

What is the antidote for a world that is weary and exhausted?


Sabbath literally means cease or stop.

Sabbath is a posture of becoming instead of doing.

It's about moving from managing time as a scarce reality to keeping time as an abundant gift

Exodus 20:8– fourth of the 10 commandments

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Some misconceptions about Sabbath:

  1. Old Testament (didn’t Jesus overturn legalistic rule?)
  2. Outdated
  3. Optional (When I get all my work done)

Sabbath is SURRENDER

  • Sabbath means surrendering control
  • Surrender to God’s love.


Exodus 20:8 –

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy. There are TWO commands here.

  1. Remember the sabbath--Remembering is paying attention to the journey.
  2. Keep it holy


Genesis 2:2By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

It’s about ceasing AND it’s about creating.

“Most of the days of the week we do what we have to do, what is expected of us. Sabbath keeping frees us to take delight in everything, to uncork our own spontaneity. Because there is nothing we have to do, we are suddenly free to say yes to invitations, to read fairy tales, to be children, to discover the presence of God hidden all around us.” - Marva Dawn

Sabbath is WITNESS

Some priorities for sabbathing

  1. Stop - surrender
  2. Pray - remember
  3. Play - create

Sacred Pathways Tool to Help with Sabbath Observance:

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘til he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious dawn…”

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