The value of the Sabbath in the teachings of Jesus remains unbroken. An understanding of the Sabbath as a “covenant renewal” finds grounding in Jesus’ teachings and Jewish practice.

German theologian Karl Barth’s argument adds theological rationale to this central role played by Sabbath/Sunday for theological ethics: that “the Sabbath commandment explains all the other commandments, or all the other forms of the one commandment. It is thus to be placed at the head.” (Church Dogmatics, III: p. 53).

These Bible studies work out of this premise, that there is an internal coherence in all of the commandments found in the Fourth Commandment. The Bible studies posted in this section arise from conferences linking the Fourth Commandment to one of the other commandments.

Sixth Commandment in Light of the Fourth: Foster a Culture of Life

Using the insights from the Lord’s Day Alliance 2009 Sabbath Symposium this series of lessons seeks to uncover scriptural truths regarding how the connection between the Fourth Commandment’s instruction regarding keeping holy the Sabbath and the Sixth Commandment, you shall not murder, challenges us to embrace a culture of life.

Jesus illustrates his concern for life in many of the healing miracles, but the radical extent of this commandment is seen when he diagnoses how anger and disparagement lead to God’s judgment because of the ways in which they kill the spirit.

Tenth Commandment in Light of the Fourth: Celebrate Abundance

Using the insights from the Lord’s Day Alliance’s annual “Sabbath Symposium,” this series of lessons seeks to uncover scriptural truths regarding how the connection between the Fourth Commandment’s instruction regarding keeping holy the Sabbath and the Tenth Commandment along with Jesus’ teachings regarding money can provide guidance in our daily living during challenging economic and prosperous times.

Sunday/Sabbath, Society of Greed and Abundance, and Jesus’ Teaching About Money: A Bible study considering the 4th and 10th Commandments

Lesson 1: Being Rich Toward God
Lesson 2:Keeping Sabbath in Consumer Culture
Lesson 3:The Rights and Privileges of Christian Worship