On Sunday, Sept. 22, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia continued his series of sermons about the Sabbath from Exodus 20:8-11 based on the Ten Commandments. The emphasis has been on Verse 8 about the Sabbath.
Previous Sermons About the Sabbath
- On Aug. 25, Pastor Blakey preached, "God's Gift of the Sabbath."
- On Sept. 8, Pastor Blakey preached, "Get Some Rest."
In today's sermon, Rev. Blakey said that fourth commandment is the first of the positive commandments. The others begin with "Do not." This one in Verse 8 says, "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
Based on this commandment, Pastor Blakey gave three calls of the Sabbath:
- Do not forget. That's what the word "remember" means. It is a reminder of what God has done in the past.
- Do not forsake. This is the call to keep the Sabbath holy. The Sabbath is a "different" day. We are called to do something different on the Sabbath.
- Do not fake. This is the call to cut away all fluff and keep it real. It doesn't please God when we do something for show to impress others.
Pastor Blakey said we should plan for the Sabbath. He further explained by using the acronym: PLAN.
P - Prepare daily for the Sabbath.
L - Love God with all your heart.
A - Ask God to clean your heart and spirit.
N - Say "No" to temptations of Satan.
Pastor Blakey concluded by saying that the three calls of the Sabbath were in the Old Testament; however, today we need to heed only one call. That one call is the call to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Pastor Blakey led the congregation in the song, "He Wants It All." Click on the link to hear the song. Listen and enjoy!