Follow: Guard - Week 4

Jun 2, 2024    Nathan Ralls

Check out these resources gathered by our Resource Team!


Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp

“For every celebrity pastor exiting the ministry in the spotlight, there are many more lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Paul David Tripp argues that lurking behind every pastoral failure is the lack of a strong leadership community. Tripp gives churches twelve gospel principles necessary to combat this leadership crisis. Each of these principles, built upon characteristics such as humility, dependency, and accountability, will enable new and experienced leaders alike to focus their attention on the ultimate leadership model: the gospel.” This is a PERFECT book for the month of Guard, especially for people in leadership positions!


Desiring God - Sabbath for Moms: How to Practice Rest with Kids

“The fourth commandment — “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8) — came not only to working men, but to mothering women. Moms wonder, “How do I rest with so much at stake? How do I rest with so much on my plate?” Rest, we know, is not ultimately found in a place, season, or circumstance, but in a person.”

The Gospel Coalition - Sabbath as a Sermon for the Ambitious

“If we’re doing the work God has called us to, we should be ambitious for it. But let’s also embrace God’s good gift of rest, and thereby preach a powerful sermon to ourselves and to the world that even “when strivings cease,” we stand secure in the love of Christ.”

Desiring God - Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?

“The question, then, is not whether Israel should have kept the Sabbath under the old covenant, but whether Christians should under the new. Should Christians keep the Sabbath? The question may sound nonsensical to some. We keep commandments one to three and five to ten, don’t we? So why skip number four? Yet strewn throughout the New Testament is telling evidence that, in Christ and the new covenant, the Sabbath has found its fulfillment.”


Bible Project - SABBATH: Learn Why the Number 7 Is Used So Much in the Bible 

“On page one of the Bible, God orders a beautiful world out of chaotic darkness within a sequence of six days. And on the seventh day, God rests. This introduces the major biblical theme of patterns of seven that conclude with God and humans resting together as partners. In this video, we explore the theme of seventh day rest and the biblical concept of Sabbath. We also look at why Jesus adopted this idea as a major part of his own mission to bring God's Kingdom to earth.” 

Spoken Gospel - Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:18-3:12)

“This Bible study devotional covers Mark chapters 2:18-3:12. In this passage, we read about Jesus offending the Pharisees and their interpretation of Scripture, especially concerning the Sabbath. In Mark 2:18-3:12, we see that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, not only because of who he is as the God who instituted it, but because he is the one who provides full and final Sabbath rest to all who believe in him.”


R.C. Sproul - Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23–3:6)

“The Sabbath was meant to be God’s gift to mankind, but the Pharisees turned it into a burden by their rules and regulations. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul examines what Jesus’ response teaches us about the identity and authority of Christ.” 

Matt Chandler - Work and Rest

“In Exodus 31, God tells Moses that keeping the Sabbath is of utmost importance. Our Sabbath rest comes through Jesus Christ, and is available to us at all times.”

Alistair Begg - Sabbath Controversy (Mark 2:23-3:6) 

“The Pharisees viewed keeping God’s law as the only way to win acceptance with God. Accusing Jesus of being unlawful on the Sabbath, they plotted to kill Him because they misunderstood that the Sabbath was given to man for his benefit and blessing. Alistair Begg reminds us that legalism teaches, “I obey, therefore I am accepted,” but Christianity says, “I am accepted, therefore I obey.”

Tim Keller - Work and Rest

“The religious leaders in Jesus' time had a long list of rules regarding the Sabbath. When questioned, Jesus does not respond by dismissing the Sabbath, but rather redefines it - by dying on a cross. As Christians, we are able to enter into his rest and enjoy the same rest that God enjoyed after creation, by means of his works, not ours. The Sabbath is a blessing from God and one we will only enjoy if we understand it correctly.”


Warehouse Podcast 

Welcome to The Warehouse! Has a Sunday sermon ever left you running to Google with new theological questions? Have you ever wished that you could peer behind the curtain to see how the message comes together? That’s where we come in! Here at Cornerstone Church, we spend hours every week talking about the Bible. This is the place to learn about Scripture, dive into its context, and study the Bible’s cultural background. Come to the Warehouse–where we’ll extend the stuff you learn from the stage.

Knowing Faith - Sabbath and Worship

“Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley have a conversation about how the sabbath is connected to worship in Exodus 31:12-18. They tackle questions like “What is the purpose of the sabbath?”, “How is sabbath practice connected to worship?”, and “Where else does the sabbath show up in significant ways in the biblical story?”

Bible Project - Thieves by the Throne

“There are three different nuances that Jesus uses when describing himself as the Son of Man. One of those nuisances is that he is Lord of the Sabbath. In part two (13:15-26:30), the guys dive into this example from Mark 2:23-28. Tim observes that the Sabbath in Genesis 1  is an ideal of new creation that the first Adam never fully attained, and so it remained to be attained by a future son of man. Jesus is claiming to be that one.”

Risen Motherhood - Can A Mom Actually Practice Sabbath?

“Busy. Distracted. Overwhelmed. Worn out. Are these the inevitable characteristics of motherhood? Or is there another way? In this episode, Laura shares her journey from “hurry sickness” to rest. She helps clarify the biblical practice of Sabbath and explains how orienting one day of the week toward rest and worship can change all the other days. Even moms can find Sabbath rest as our hands do good while our hearts rest in the gospel!”

Ask Pastor John - Christ, Our Sabbath Rest at Work

“What is it like working as hard as you can and, in the very doing of it, experiencing Christ as our soul’s rest? Not just after it, not just before it, but in it — in the very exertion of our life’s work? Here are four ways that we can experience the soul rest of Christ as we are doing our work.”