Question 103: What does God require in the fourth commandment?
Answer: First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained1; and that I, especially on the Sabbath, that is, the day of rest, diligently attend the church of God2, to learn Gods Word3, to use the sacraments4, to call publicly upon the Lord5, and to give Christian alms6. Second, that all the days of my life I rest from my evil works, let the Lord work in me by His Holy Spirit, and thus begin in this life the eternal Sabbath7.
1Tit. 1:5 "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee."
2 Tim. 3:14, But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];
1 Cor. 9:13,14, Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live [of the things] of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel
2 Tim. 2:2 "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
2 Tim. 3:15, And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ps. 40:9,10, I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Ps. 68:26, Bless ye God in the congregations, [even] the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
Acts 2:42, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers";
31 Tim. 4:13, Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1 Cor. 14:19, "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue"; "Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge"; "For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted."
41 Cor. 11:33 "Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another."
51 Tim. 2:1 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men."
1 Cor. 14:16, Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
61 Cor. 16:2 "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
7Isa. 66:23 "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the LORD."
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