God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. ~ John 4:24 (NIV)
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. ~ Hebrews 10:25 (GNT)
He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue,as was His custom. He stood up to read. ~ Luke 4:16 (NIV)
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken. ~ Isaiah 58:13-14 (NIV)
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. ~ Acts 16:13 (NIV)
Ellen G. White
“The Sabbath has lost none of its meaning. It is still a sign between God and His people, and it will be so forever.” ~ God´s Amazing Grace, p. 156
“The Sabbath should be made so interesting to our families that its weekly return will be hailed with joy.In no better way can parents exalt and honor the Sabbath than by devising means to impart proper instruction to their families and interesting them in spiritual things giving them correct views of the character of God and what He requires of us in order to perfect Christian characters and attain to eternal l life. Parents make the Sabbath a delight that your children may look forward to it and have a welcome in their hearts for it.” ~ Testimonies for the Church Vol. 2, p. 585.
“Great blessings are enfolded in the observance of the Sabbath and God desires that the Sabbath day shall be to us a day of joy. There was joy at the institution of the Sabbath. God looked with satisfaction upon the work of His hands. All things that He had made He pronounces “very good.” Gen 1:31. Heaven and earth were filled with rejoicing.” ~ Counsels for the Church, p. 261.
If there are those who prolong religious exercises to weariness, they are leaving impressions upon the mind of the youth, that would associate religion with all that is dry, unsocial, and uninteresting… Ardent, active piety in the teacher is essential. Morning and evening service in the chapel, and the Sabbath meetings, may be, without constant care and unless vitalized by the Spirit of God, the most formal, dry, and bitter mixture, and, to the youth, the most burdensome and the least pleasant and attractive of all the school exercises. The social meetings should be managed with plans and devices to make them not only seasons of pleasantness, but positively attractive.” ~ Christian Education, p. 47.
“The social meetings and all other religious services should be so planned and managed that they will be not only profitable, but so pleasant as to be positively attractive. Praying together will bind hearts to God in bonds that will endure; confessing Christ openly and bravely, exhibiting in our characters His meekness, humility, and love, will charm others with the beauty of holiness.” ~ Testimonies for the Church Vol. 6, p. 174.
“God desires His obedient children to claim His blessing and to come before Him with praise and thanksgiving. God is the fountain of life and power. He can make the wilderness a fruitful field for the people that keep His commandments, for this is for the glory of His name. He has done for His chosen people that which should inspire every heart with thanksgiving, and it grieves Him that so little praise is offered. He desires to have a stronger expression from His people, showing that they know they have reason for joy and gladness.” ~ Testimonies for the Church Vol. 6, p. 364.
“Then as you meet from Sabbath to Sabbath sing praises to Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood” let the heart’s adoration be given. Let the love of Christ be the burden of the speaker’s utterance. Let it be expressed in simple language in every song of praise. Let the inspiration of the Spirit of God dictate your prayers. As the word of life is spoken, let your heartfelt response testify that you receive the message as from heaven.” ~ Testimonies for the Church Vol. 6, p. 367
Why do we keep Sabbath?
- “Sabbath keeping is not something we do in order to please God; it is something we do because God knows it will make us whole, restore our spirits, and renew our lives.”
- “Perhaps most importantly, the Scriptures teach us that Sabbath keeping is a community practice and not simply a matter of personal piety. The cultural forces of our time would have us believe that our happiness lies in a lifestyle of constant work and “productivity,” punctuated by frequent binges of shopping. The Bible says otherwise: that our true happiness comes only from God and with God.”
- Rainer, Thom S. and Rainer, Sam S. III. (2008). Essential Church: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts. Nashville TN: B & H Publishing.
- “Prayer is the cornerstone of every ministry in the church. The church’s support is found in the prayers of its people. Ministerial success is rooted in tapping into God’s power.” (p. 101).
- “Is preaching still important? Yes! Even in today’s hyper-techno-driven conversational-wiki-culture, preaching is of the utmost importance. Of the several church-related or pastor-related issues noted by dropouts, preaching came up several times as a critical issue in retaining college students and young adults.” (p. 127).
- Vanderwaal, Howard. Editor. (2008). The Church of all Ages: Generations Worshiping Together. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute.
- “Intergenerational worship is a countercultural activity. In a culture that segregates and isolates children, preteens, and teens, and then appeals to to them separately, the church is a truly countercultural community when it invites all generations to participate actively in worship” (p. 71, quotes Darwin Glassford in “Fostering an Intergenerational Culture”).
- Cole, Neil. (2005). Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- “You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilizations to pieces, turn the world upside down, and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as if it is nothing more than a piece of good literature.” (p. 61, quotes Mahatma Gandhi).