41. We know the Sabbath Day to be Saturday. However, we elect
to worship on Sunday. Is there a passage in the Bible that would
back up our practice for worshipping on Sunday?
view has been that apostolic precedent equals divine command.
Therefore, if the early church worshiped on Sunday rather than
Saturday, it should be sufficient for us.
Acts 2 gives us
the account of the church's beginning. The coming of the Holy Spirit
with power and Peter's first sermon all occurred on Pentecost - a
Sunday. Since the 3,000 who were baptized that day were Jews, it
stood to reason that they continued to follow the temple schedule.
The Acts account implies this gathering for worship occurred more
than once a week. Acts 20:7
tells us what happened when the Gospel moved out beyond Jerusalem
and the Jews. That event describes a Gentile situation in which the
church gathered on the first day of the week to worship, break bread
(communion), and to hear Paul speak. The grammar of the passage
suggests this was a regular occurrence not a special meeting
gathered for fellowship with Paul. A careful reading of Acts 20:7 gives the impression this gathering
occurred after 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening - the first day of the
week by Jewish reckoning. This indicates to us that at least by the
time the Gospel penetrated the Gentile world; worship was taking
place on the first day of the week - Sunday.
Other references speak of "the Lord's Day." Most scholars
understand this to stand in contrast to "the seventh day." Sunday
was the day Christ rose from the dead, it was the day the church
started, it is not surprising that
Christians preferred referring to that day as "the Lord's Day."
Early church history supports these inferences drawn from
Scripture. While there may be earlier references I am unsure
of, Justin Martyr who wrote mid-second century specifically states
that the church met on the first day of the week for worship, the
Lord's Supper (Eucharist), and preaching.
One last observation, while there is no specific command to
worship on Sunday, there is also no specific command to worship on
Saturday. In fact, Paul tells the Colossians (see
Colossians 2) that there is no longer any special
day for worship because the Christian worships every day.
Whether one worships on Saturday, Sunday, or even Tuesday should not
be a matter of concern. It is the focus of worship not the day of
worship that matters!
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forgive me if I told him that
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