Memorial OPC Adult Sunday School- Westminster Shorter Catechism - 2011-2012


Q57: Which is the fourth commandment?

A57: The fourth commandment is, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maid servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.”


Q58: What is required in the fourth commandment?

A58: The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as he appointed in his Word; expressly one whole day in seven to be a holy Sabbath to himself.


Q59: Which day of the seven has God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?

A59: From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath.


The Sabbath is an ENDURING MORAL COMMAND for us.


1. It is a command instituted BEFORE SIN.






2. It is a command patterned upon GOD’ WORK and GOD’ REST.







3. It is a command regarding TIME.






4. It is a command that bears GOD’ OWNERSHIP.