God provides rest for His people, yet the way we rest on Sunday remains a divisive issue in the Church. How can we honor the biblical commandment while upholding liberty of conscience? To answer that question, pastor Ken Golden turns to the Bible itself, exploring what God says—and what He does not say—about entering His rest.
Word Count: 23,770
Publication Date: September 2018
Topic: Christian Living, Redemptive History, Worship
“Pastor Golden is one of those who takes the Lord’s Day seriously, who has thought about it deeply, and who desires to observe it, in honor of Christ and for the welfare of the church... Pastor Golden doesn’t focus upon broad theological generalities or upon a detailed list of what we should and shouldn’t do on Sunday. Instead, he takes readers through just about every biblical text relevant for the issue, plainly and concisely.”
—David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California (from the foreword).
"What does it mean to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy? Most Reformed believers approach that question with some hesitation—seeking to avoid the errors of legalism and antinomianism while pursuing the sometimes elusive blessing of rest in Christ. Ken helps us work through the difficult issue of wisely applying the 4th commandment in our personal and family practice. In so doing, he gives attention to a great variety of biblical texts, establishes the meaning of those texts with a careful eye to biblical theology and the whole scope of biblical revelation, and focuses on the primary point of the 4th commandment: the meaning, purpose, and promise of biblical rest for those who belong to Christ. Do you struggle to find satisfying rest in a busy world? Do you struggle to set biblical patterns of Sabbath rest for yourself and your family? This book is a helpful guide in understanding the biblical rest that is offered today—and the eternal rest that is promised—in the Sabbath."
—John Shaw, general secretary of the OPC's Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension
"The Sabbath rest is one of those important threads in Scripture that run from Genesis to Revelation. Although there are many books and articles on the Sabbath, I can’t think of many that give a concise, level-headed, confessionally Reformed summary of the topic in a redemptive-historical and pastoral manner. So I appreciate Golden’s book, Entering God’s Rest, for those reasons: it’s to the point, balanced, reformational, and practical. This will be a good resource for Christians who want a balanced intro to this important topic."
—Shane Lems, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (Hammond, WI) and author of The Doctrines of Grace: Student Edition.
- Chapter 1: The Goal of Mankind
- Chapter 2: The Mosaic Sabbath
- Chapter 3: Levitical Sabbaths
- Chapter 4: Sabbath Attitudes
- Chapter 5: Fencing the Sabbath
- Chapter 6: Sabbath Transfer
- Chapter 7: Sabbath Liberty
- Chapter 8: Present and Future Rest
- Chapter 9: Sabbath Wisdom
- Appendix I: Summary
- Appendix II: The Sabbath in Isaiah
About the Author
Ken Golden is the organizing pastor at Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa. He is also the author of Presbytopia: What It Means to Be Presbyterian.