How Is Your Sabbath Conversation?

By Stephen Flurry

The Bible is very specific on what should and should not be done on the Sabbath day. We know we are not to work on the Sabbath. But God also gives us specific instructions on what we should talk about on His Sabbath.

“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon His name” (Malachi 3:16). This same verse is used to introduce the book Malachi’s Message. Those who fear God and are faithful enough to hold on to His true teachings will be written in a “book of remembrance.” However, that’s not all. True Philadelphians will also be characterized as those who speak “often one to another.”

How is our conversation on God’s Sabbath day? In coming before God on His Sabbath day, our fellowship first and foremost is with Him and His Son Jesus Christ. But a second, and also very important, aspect of Sabbath fellowship is that with the brethren. With this in mind, just what should be discussed on God’s Holy Sabbath?

Controlling Our Thoughts

When the Sabbath begins, we must first realize it is God’s day. God gave us six days to take care of our business and make a living. But the seventh day is God’s day. How can we expect to speak about the right things with our brethren if we haven’t first done so with our Creator? Take plenty of time, more than you do during the week, to pray fervently and to study and meditate on God’s law.

Notice what John wrote: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). We can only have the right kind of Sabbath fellowship if we first fellowship with God and Christ in the right way.

Paul admonished us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” This of course should be the way we strive to live every day of our lives. But on the Sabbath, when we are away from our jobs, school, or whatever else may require our time during the week, we should be even more diligent to apply this instruction.

What we say is merely an extension of our thoughts. We might be able to fool people for a while and appear righteous, but sooner or later, we will say what’s on our minds, or in our hearts. Notice what Jesus said in Matthew 12:35: “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” If we are thinking good thoughts, we will speak good thoughts. In verse 34, Jesus said, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Conversely, if we are thinking evil thoughts, we will speak evil words.

Christian Fellowship

Since the Sabbath is God’s day, the topics for conversation should be centered around God and His plan. Isaiah gives us further understanding on what we should talk about. “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words” (Isaiah 58:13). Isaiah went on to say how much we would be blessed for properly doing that. Just as we are not supposed to work or seek our own pleasure on the Sabbath, neither are we to speak “our own words.” Several things that you might typically talk about during the week may not be appropriate on the Sabbath. Discussing our favorite basketball team or our next financial expenditure usually would be classed as “our own words.”

What then should we talk about? We who have been called out of this world have the privilege of being in God’s Church at one of the most exciting times ever. Much is happening today that is the direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The topics for inspiring Sabbath conversations are truly countless! Never before has God’s overall master plan been so clear as it is today. Our incredible human potential is indeed awesome and most inspiring to talk about. Discussing current events in light of Bible prophecy not only makes good conversation, it can also be very educational for those who may have missed some of the news events over the previous week. Philadelphia Church of God members are regularly updated on the miraculous growth this Work of God is experiencing. Discussing the fruits and progression of the Work is definitely appropriate, as is discussing the messages given that day.

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33 thoughts on “How Is Your Sabbath Conversation?

  1. What an eye opening Sabbath article, I have struggled with Sabbath keeping, never quite knowing what to say, and preferring to just listen, sometimes its as plain as the nose on your face, but you just cant see it, (mental block) thank you Mr S Flurry for your article maybe a Sabbath CD on Sabbath keeping would help us all, I read Revelation chapter 4 and it made me see all my weaknesses, and made me feel ashamed that at times I have not lived up to our Fathers high standards

  2. I am so blessed to come in contact with this literature. I Thank God for opening my mind up to understand all the spiritual knowledge I have, and for giving me the desirer to seek more of it.

  3. Oh, what can I say in response to this great Shepherding, feet-directing, thought-shaping write-up. I just thank God for your life, Gerald. May God sustain your light for his Church.
    Thank you.

  4. We must respect what God makes Holy and we are commanded by the Eternal to take our foot off from trampling over and profaning Gods Holy Day! Gods presence is in His Sabbath. We honor God by keeping holy those things that He has made holy! We dishonor Him when we speak our own words He wants us to quit profaning His Holy Things and keep Holy what He has made Holy. When we do that we are honoring Him.

  5. Hello, Happy Sabbath! Thanks for sharing these scriptures and principles. They which help us to speak the proper word at the proper time. Fellowship is a way to give as God gives. The Father gave Jesus the scroll of Revelation, Jesus unsealed it and spoke it unto
    the angel and the angel unto John! We can speak it among us and converse about it with God – conversation is truly a gift from God, so thanks again for encouraging us to use it properly!

    • Fellowship is always a two way street, each building the other as we see the day approaching, Regards, Rick.

  6. Thanks for Your encouragement. Appreciated your bible study on having that family Unity as well. How much we need to truly speak those words of encouragement to each other as the trials heat up & we draw closer to our redemption! Sometimes Just hearing from Our brethren can be quite enlightening.

  7. This is a wonderful lesson on Sabbath conversation. I have been thinking about this very thing this week in fact. Most of the verses given are ones that I have considered too. I appreciate the information about not sharing our woes on Sabbath. Some need to read this who have a problem with wanting to discuss all the problems they and their children have encountered all through the week. It’s a hard thing to deal with when this happens every week. Thank you for this helpful guidance.

  8. Thank you Mr. S. Flurry,
    For your helpful reminder of maintaining the integrity of proper sabbath keeping. It is a tool of vital importance, a part of our spiritual armor if you will.

  9. Thank you Mr. S. Flurry, I sincerely appriciate all your articles on how we can improve on our character building aspects. On how we are to conduct ourselves as members of God’s church throughout our lives. Good and uplifting fellowship is as important as eating a healthly meal. As you mentioned earlier we are blessed to be achosen

  10. I found the article to be of great interest to me. Unfortunately I live where there is
    no fellowship with others, this makes it very hard at times, so my sabbaths are usually devoted to study and prayer in my own home. I have often wondered if this is enough, certainly those that can fellowship are truly blessed.

  11. Mr. Flurry what a very moving article. This is definitely something to apply to our lives. There is always room for improvement in this part of our lives. Great details were put in this article and so much is there to take in. Our conversations should always be Sabbath appropriate. This is something we should always remember to apply on the Sabbath. Thank you for the time in your article.

  12. Thanks Mr. Flurry for this article. I see so many points and ideas I could use in my Sabbath fellowship. I am one who talk too much and need to listen more. I am going to try my best and let others inspire me.

    • Oops! I tapped “post comment” before I was able to finish my comment :|
      I wanted to end by saying…
      I always look forward to helpful articles like this to help me improve in my Sabbath conversation. Thank you :D

  13. Thank you Mr. Flurry for this most timely article. What I use to guide my Sabbath conversation is that I speak as if I am speaking with Christ, which in reality I am. If Christ is coming in us , growing in each one of us then out of the abundance of that growth we will converse with those of like mind. Christ certainly is not interested in the latest Gucci bag on the market. (I hope I got that right)

  14. THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE! “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19) Have been searching for help within scripture and here it is! Am working on overcoming nervousness which produces the desire to share too many words! This is a great help!

  15. Some really good scriptures quoted here. I plan on returning to this article in order to imbed them into my mind. Fellowshiping between the brethren is so important and I feel we all need to be vigilant about it. Thank you for the article Mr. Flurry.

  16. Good fellowshipping with the Father and the Son that extends to our Brethren is what I look forward to every Sabbath. It is as if my life is not complete without conversing and seeing my spiritual family. We talk about the same struggles, overcoming trials tests and most of all, that exciting Prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes at a fast rate. We are the Malachi group that converse a lot!

  17. Mr. Flurry-

    I find my mind being absolutely blown on how timely your articles are. I tend to pray about certain things, and you or your father tend to answer them almost instantly. It makes it so much more obvious that this is God’s church, and I thank you for everything you do sir! God speed!

  18. How truly blessed we are to still be able to attend Sabbath Services without persecution, to freely walk into our Father’s presence & share the momentous times we’re living in with one another. Every Sabbath is just the most wonderful time of rejuvenation. Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful gift.

  19. Thanks for this educational article. We just read it on the way to services and look forward to putting these points into practice today.

  20. How blessed is the member who can have fellowship with same-mind member of the begotten Family on God sabbtah. enjoy fellowship.
    thanks for the guidendance on this most vital aspect of the sabbath observance.

  21. A timely reminder! Something that we can resolve to be better at today with this fresh in mind! It is sometimes a challenge to not let the week’s woes dominate what we speak about. Better days a coming! Thanks

  22. Great article! I was just discussing this with my daughter last night! Now, I had the opportunity to discuss it again, more fully.

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