Why I don’t worship on Saturday or keep the Sabbath
A question I was asked today while at our local gym. They had recently attended a seminar and they were told that worshipping on Sunday was wrong.
There is a simple answer.
We know the Early church worshipped on the first day of the week. There was preaching and offerings taken up. The Bible does state specifically the first day of the week was a time of preaching and the giving of offerings.
” And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” Acts 20:7
Saturday or Sunday?
The reason for the change? No doubt the New Testament brought a lot of change to the early church that was Jewish. The greatest change is the realization that the New Covenant is a Better covenant and fulfilled the Old Covenant to the point that large parts of what made them God’s people before were no longer a part of the New Covenant Church.
Circumcision, the singular sign that was a requirement to be in Covenant with God in the Old Testament was no longer a requirement, baptism replaced circumcision.
Animal sacrifice was done away with. Jesus fulfilled that.
The exclusivity of Covenant only being to the seed of Abraham was expanded to all men by faith. I would suggest that the keeping of the Sabbath was fulfilled as well. How do we know? Because the church was meeting on the first day of the week.
Sabbath is only mentioned once in the Epistles?
In the Epistles written to the Church, Sabbath is only mentioned one time. What is it’s context?
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:”
Think about that for a minute. All of the Epistles, Romans-Revelations, Sabbath is mentioned once and it was specifically condemning those who would judge in respect to the Sabbath and other observances of the Old Testament.
I would contend that the Old Covenant observed the last day of the week, while the New Covenant celebrates the first day of the week. Why would I say that?
Jesus appeared to Mary on the first day of the week after he was resurrected. Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first day of the week.
I believe New Testament Christians should worship everyday. The specified time of gathering is of no consequence. The Only Thing that matters is that you don’t neglect to be the church, with the church.
The Early Church Worshipped everyday.
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,” Acts 2:46
Saturday and Sunday… Monday Through Friday….
Our Rest is no longer relegated to the last day of a long week. Our Rest is available everyday before the day begins till the last rays of sun shine over the horizon, we have the ultimate rest in Jesus Christ through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Everyday Worship Jesus Christ. Be Filled with His Spirit.
“Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
The Real Question we need to ask… What is the Rest in the New Testament?
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Isaiah 28:10-12
Until Next Time,
Be Sure you don’t miss Church this weekend.
Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
John 20:19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1 Corinthians 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.
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