Helps for Teaching about the Sabbath Day

The 4th Sunday lessons have changed in a whole new way. The good news is you have been organizing your own lessons for a while. The hard part is figuring out how to teach the same topic in a different way for 6 months! Don't worry, I'm here to help and so are teachers like you. There is a 4th Sunday Private Teacher Group on Facebook where teachers like you get together and share ideas. Be sure to check it out! 

 
 

In order to help you, this post has general helps that can relate to several lessons. I've also linked to the lesson help posts that I have thus far relating to the 6 topics given by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Under each category there will be scriptures and General Conference talks to study to help you gather material to teach from. There will also be the provided idea from the Church and some of my own ideas. Read through these with the Spirit and use the things that are right for your class.

As a reminder the guideline for teaching these lessons as stated on LDS.org is "Leaders or teachers may choose from the doctrines and learning activities suggested below, combine several of them, or create their own according to the needs of members."


General Sabbath Day Questions to Ponder

  • What are some miracles that are taking place around you? 
  • How would you define reverence? How do you reverence the Sabbath?
  • How does Satan temp you and those in your care not to honor the Sabbath?
  • What can you do to more actively block Satan's attempts to treat the Sabbath lightly?
  • How are you using your agency on the Sabbath? Are you choosing captivity and death or liberty and eternal life? 
  • Why is it important that you use your agency to choose to keep the Sabbath?
  • Why do you want to keep the Sabbath?
  • What blessings have you noticed in your life as a result of keeping the Sabbath day holy?
  • What power comes from keeping the Sabbath? What other blessings are promised those that keep this commandment?
  • In what ways is your reverence towards God directly related to your Sabbath observance?
  • How does honoring the Sabbath all day allow you to experience its spiritual blessings throughout the rest of the week?
  • Why must the Sabbath day include worship and not just rest?
  • What does the Lord require of our Sabbath day observance?
  • How can you make the Sabbath a delight?
  • What things can you do to make sure your behavior on the Sabbath leads to joy?
  • What things are you willing to give up for a more joyful Sunday?
  • In what ways is the Sabbath made for you?
  • How can you hallow the Sabbath? What sign are you giving to God?
  • How does faith in the Sabbath engender a love for God?
  • What goals do you have for the Sabbath day?

General Sabbath Day Articles to Study

"Remember the Sabbath Day" (Ten Commandments Series)

"Can I Honor God While Working on the Sabbath?" (LDS Blog post)

"The Sabbath Is a Delight" by Elder Russell M. Nelson 

"The Blessing of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy" by Brother H. Aldridge Gillespie

"A Sense of the Sacred" by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Bible Dictionary, "Sabbath"

Guide to the Scriptures, "Sabbath Day"

"The Law of the Sabbath" by Brother Earl C. Tingey

"How to Get the Most Out of Church" 

"Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" by Elder David A. Bednar

"The Blessings of Worship" by Bishop Dean M. Davies

"The Blessings of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy" by Brother H. Aldridge Gillespie

"The Lord's Day" by President James E. Faust

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General Sabbath Day Videos

Sabbath Day (about 3 minutes)

Sabbath Day videos- there are several on this page

Music

See the hymns listed under the topic of "Sabbath" and "Sunday School."



The Sabbath Is a Day to Remember What God Has Done for Us

"Throughout history, God has associated certain mighty works with the Sabbath. These mighty works include the Creation (see Genesis 2:1–3), the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt (see Deuteronomy 5:15), and the Savior’s Resurrection (see John 20:1–19; Acts 20:7). Invite members to review these passages and discuss how remembering each of these events can help us honor the Sabbath day. What are some of the mighty works that God has done for us? How can we remember these things on the Sabbath day? As applicable, invite members to discuss questions like these in their families."

Jesus Christ Is the Lord of the Sabbath

"The Sabbath is also called the Lord’s day (see Revelation 1:10). Why do you think that Jesus Christ is called the Lord of the Sabbath? (see Matthew 12:8). Review together a few verses that can help inspire members to think of ways to center their Sabbath day experiences on Jesus Christ (for example, Helaman 5:12; Ether 12:41; Moroni 10:32; and D&C 6:36–37). What other verses can members share that could help them make the Sabbath more Christ-centered? What goals can we set to help us focus on the Savior throughout the Sabbath day?"

Jesus Christ Is Our Example of Honoring the Sabbath

"During His mortal ministry, the Savior took opportunities to teach about the Sabbath day. Ask members to read the following accounts and make a list of things that Jesus did on the Sabbath and the principles that He taught: Luke 6:1–11; 13:11–17; John 5:1–20; 9:1–16. What other principles about the Sabbath do we learn from the following verses? Exodus 20:8–11; 31:12–18; Isaiah 58:13–14; and D&C 59:9–19. Invite members to share what they can do to follow the Savior’s example.
See also Russell M. Nelson, “The Sabbath Is a Delight,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 129–32."

The Sabbath Is a Day of Worship

"Write the word worship on the board and ask class members to write other words that are related next to it. Then make three columns with the words before, during, and after at the top of each column. What can we do before, during, and after church to worship the Lord on His holy day? Class members could read together Mosiah 18:17–29 and Moroni 6 for ideas. Invite members to ponder how their attitudes and actions on the Sabbath day are helping them worship the Lord on that day (see Exodus 31:16–17). What can we do to help improve the worship experience our families and ward members are having during Church meetings?"

Partaking of the Sacrament Allows Us to Have the Spirit with Us Always

"Write the following question on the board: How is the sacrament affecting your life? To answer this question, invite members to work in pairs to select and discuss one phrase from the sacrament prayers in Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79 and the counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 59:9. Give each pair time to find scriptures that help them better understand their phrase and discuss how they would answer the question on the board. You might also invite class members to choose favorite sacrament hymns and sing them together.
See also Cheryl A. Esplin, “The Sacrament—a Renewal for the Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 12–14."

The Sabbath Is a Day to Serve Others

"What can we learn about serving others on the Sabbath from the ways the Savior served and blessed those around Him? Encourage members to review and discuss Matthew 9:10–13Luke 19:1–9John 11:32–4613:1–5, 12–17; and 3 Nephi 17:5–10. Ask members to think about these scriptures as they consider how they can serve on the Sabbath. For example, they could serve family members, reach out to individuals and families they minister to as home and visiting teachers, work on family history, visit the sick, or share the gospel. Perhaps members could have a family council to plan ways they can serve others on the Sabbath."