The Lord’s Day
Today, God is working in the world through the church. The church is made up of all believers from the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost until the return of Christ at the rapture. The local church is the specific gathering of the saints. There is also a prescribed day in which the local church should meet, the Lord’s day.
- Biblical precedent establishes Sunday as the Lord’s Day.
- Jesus showed Himself alive on the first day of the week - John 20:19, 26
- The Holy Spirit descended and began the church age on the first day of the week - Acts 2:1
- Initially the church met every day but that could not continue - Acts 2:46
- Persecution drove infant church from the temple - Acts 8:1
- The Lord commands believers to work (2 Thessalonians 3:7–12)
- The fourth commandment is not repeated in the New Testament.
- Sabbath rest is fulfilled in Christ (Hebrews 4)
- God has given us a day to rest in Him (Genesis 2:3). The pattern and rhythm of six days for labor and one day for rest remains.
- The early church met on the first day of the week - Acts 20:7
- There is a biblical command for the church to meet on Sunday.
- The pattern of meeting on the first day of the week was well established when Paul commanded the Corinthians to take up the offerings on that day - 1 Corinthians 16:1–2
- Paul wrote to the Corinthians from Ephesus (Acts 19:10, 20:31) before he gathered the church to meet at Troas on the first day (Acts 20:7).
- Paul gave the same command to the other churches which already had a pattern of meeting on the first day of the week (Acts 18:23).
- Paul wanted to avoid the appearance of soliciting money for himself and so commanded that the collections be made during the regular meetings of the church and not only when he came to town.
- When should we collect our offerings? At our regular Sunday gathering.
- The church’s worship on Sunday follows a biblical principle.
- Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week (Mark 16:1–2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1) - Matthew 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn
- The first day of the week is day of salvation in Christ - Psalm 118:24
- Sunday is the Lord’s Day; it is the day that belongs to Him (Rev 1:10).
Is the Lord’s Day a day to rejoice and be glad for you? It is the day of the week that the Lord has given to us to rest from all other activities in order to set our hearts on Him. The church gathers regularly on the first day of the week to lift up the name of Jesus, to praise Him for His marvelous salvation, and to worship Him!
The Lord's Day
Topics: The Church