Q. 117. How is the Sabbath or the Lord’s Day to be sanctified? A. The Sabbath or Lord’s Day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful;n and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God’s worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose and seasonably dispatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day. [scripture support: Exod. 20:8, 10; Exod. 16:25-28; Jer. 17:21-22; Neh. 13:15-22; Matt. 12:1-5; Isa. 58:13-15; Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1; Luke 23:54-56.]
Q. 160. What is required of those that hear the Word preached? A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the Scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the Word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives. [scripture proofs: Prov. 8:34; 1 Pet. 2:1-2; Luke 8:18; Ps. 119:18; Acts 17:11; Heb. 4:2; 2 Thess. 2:10; James 1:21; 1 Thess. 2:13; Luke 9:44; Heb. 2:1; Deut. 6:6-8; Luke 8:15; James 1:25].