Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Lord's Day--Saturday or Sunday?

  • Introduction:
          -Although God originally instituted Saturday as the Sabbath during the Old Testament so that His people could relax from physical labor and concentrate on worshiping Him (mandatory observance was required by the Jewish Law; see Exodus 20:8-11), we see a difference in the New Testament. Christians gathered on Sunday because Jesus Christ resurrected on that day (Mark 15:42-46; 16:9; Luke 23:54-24:3; John 19:42). See also texts such as Acts 20:7-12; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; and Revelation 1:10.
  • An Interesting Observation:
          -The New Testament restates only nine of the Ten Commandments; worshiping God according to His Will covers the first three commandments. The Sabbath is the missing one. Why? The reason is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8), and He is our rest (Hebrews 4)! The Ten Commandments were strictly for Israel, which includes Sabbath observance.
  • Is It Wrong To Observe The Jewish Sabbath? Are We As Christians Obligated To Observe Saturday?:
        -There is nothing wrong per se with Christians gathering together to worship on Saturday. In fact, we have been given the liberty of choosing which days that we wish to celebrate in worship of God (Romans 14:1-12; Colossians 2:13-17). But we should be glorifying the Creator daily. We also need to avoid becoming a stumbling block to others who uphold different views (1 Corinthians 8:9). Therefore, it is wrong for professing Christian groups such as the Seventh-Day Adventists (who demand Saturday observance) and the Churches of Christ (who demand Sunday observance) to cast judgment on others.
  • What Is The Purpose Of Sunday Worship?:
          -The purpose of Sunday worship is to celebrate the Lord's finished work on the cross and His resurrection (1 Corinthians 11:26). Furthermore, Jesus instructed us to use bread and wine (communion "meal") as symbols to remember His body and shed blood (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25). It is not as if we observe a "Christian Sabbath," but rather, we set aside a day to especially worship the Lord. Christians have historically gathered on Sunday to conduct fellowship with each other because that was the day that Christ was resurrected. However, it is understandable if one cannot do so on that day due to an obstacle such as a business schedule or family emergency. Sunday worship is simply a respectable, apostolic, nonessential tradition. It is not a dogma, but we must be mindful to not forsake the assemblies of God (Hebrews 10:25).
  • How Often Should We Celebrate Communion?:
          -The New Testament does not identify a specific number of times (or when) in which Christians are to partake of the communion meal (bread and wine). However, notice how the Apostle Paul recorded a statement of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11:25, which is as follows, "Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." We can infer from this Scripture text that we have been given some flexibility. The frequency of participating in the communion meal is nowhere near as important as our state of heart when we do this. We should observe the Lord's Supper often enough to make it a vital part of our ongoing worship services. To partake of the meal too frequently would be to reduce it to merely a ritual and to partake of it in too seldom of a manner would cause people to gradually forget the significance of Jesus Christ's work.

1 comment:

  1. Well done.

    SDA is a cult so we really shouldn't care about what judgements they make.

    Churches of Christ are cultic, so they need to learn not to offend other Christians in just about every legalistic teaching they profess!