There have been many kinds of days throughout time. Once Saturday stood for “the Sabbath,” a day of rest that was commanded by God. In Genesis 2:1-3, the Lord took a personal Sabbath, resting from the work of creating the world. When the Israelites left Egypt, God taught them to keep the Sabbath, and they did so until Christ took it away by His death on the cross (Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-17; Colossians 2:13-17).
However, we are writing about the first day of the week, which is Sunday.
In the Bible, this day is called the “Lord’s Day.” It is the day when the saints come together to observe the communion and give into the treasury of the local church (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4). It is to be a day when men do what God expects, and not use the day exclusively for their own selfish pursuits.
The church of Jesus Christ exists for one purpose, and that is to save men from their sins (Romans 1:16). With that being the case, it is easy to see that the church has no earthly agenda (John 18:36, 17:16; 1 Timothy 3:15). Many people believe that the church is supposed to be involved in everything, and when I say everything, I mean just that.
For example, some put the church into politics, some put the church into recreation, some put the church into supporting human institutions. Just look at some of the church buildings out there, they have gyms, kitchens, youth centers, ball fields, college fund raisers, spa’s, etc. etc. Are people going to church or a vacation club? The only thing a church needs to provide are rooms in which to teach the gospel and buy equipment that helps the church perform that work (Ephesians 3:10; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 10:25).
Man must allow the church to be the church and if he wants recreation, meals, politics, etc., let him seek and get that on his time and leave the Lord’s house out of it (Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 11:34).
When studying the Bible, one must realize that there are two sections: the Old Testament is an account of God’s dealings with the Jews and the law that Moses brought to them from Mt. Sinai (Nehemiah 9:13). This part of the Bible is history, and we should read it to be informed about things of that time (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11).
The New Testament is to be our authority in all things pertaining to salvation, the church, worship, etc. For example, if one is going to prove that instrumental music is not to be used in the worship service, that person would have to prove such by the New Testament.
If one were going to prove that Sunday, not Saturday, is the day of worship, he should do so by the authority of the New Testament. The reason for such is because the Old Testament has been taken away by Christ’s death, for his blood brought about the new covenant (Mark 14:23-24). The author of the book of Hebrews said that a covenant cannot be in force as long as one who made it is alive, but it takes effect after the creator dies (Hebrews 9:11-28).
The Old testament is history, and the New Testament is for us to pattern our lives.
“Say a prayer for me!” Those are the words of some, as they observe others going to church. But those going to church should say, “How about you coming with me, and saying the prayer yourself?”
Allow me to say that I agree with that statement. Why ask someone else to pray for you when you should take an interest in knowing how to pray yourself? God wants to hear prayers from people, and He wants people to go to church. So why shun the duty that one is suppose to do? (Luke 18:1; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Matthew 6:1-15).
But here is a note of caution. God doesn’t listen to those who enjoy sin (John 9:31; Psalm 66:18). Get rid of your sins, so you can start praying to God (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).