Sunday Is Coming!

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Do Sunday’s really matter, or is it just another day of the week?

Why do we go to church? Why do we make so much effort week after week? Why not just read the Bible in Starbuck’s by myself or take a prayer hike through the woods? Why all the fuss for some singing, some words from the pulpit, and a quick conversation with a friend?

Because Sunday is a sacred day. Here’s why…

We Proclaim the Power of the Gospel

Those who don’t know Jesus Christ live out their lives in a sinful bubble, hating and being hated (Titus 3:3). The world is ruled by cliques, divisions, racism, arrogance, and selfishness. But through the gospel, God is creating a new people for himself, a people bought with blood and united by the Holy Spirit.

When we gather on Sunday we are saying to the world, “Look what God is doing!” When Whites, African-Americans, Asians, bankers, construction workers, salesmen, homemakers, and nurses come together to worship, we are demonstrating the reconciling power of the gospel to a watching world.

We Proclaim the Death of Christ

In 1 Corinthians 11:26, Paul writes to the church:

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

To proclaim something implies that we are proclaiming to someone else. When we eat the bread and drink the juice/wine, we’re proclaiming to each other that Jesus Christ has shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins. We’re also saying to the world that the blood of Christ can wash away all their sins and bring them into covenant with God.

We can’t proclaim in the privacy of our living rooms. We take communion together, we remember together, we proclaim together. That’s why Sundays matter.

TO BE CONTINUED…

  • http://facesoflions.wordpress.com Dave Wilson

    Hey Stephen,

    Thanks for the great post. It reminded me of a passage that has been "haunting" me for some time now:

    13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
    if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the LORD's holy day honorable,
    and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

    14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
    and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob."
    The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

    Isaiah 58:12-14

    Any connection from that scripture to what you shared, or did I miss the point?

    Dave

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/StephenAltrogge StephenAltrogge

      I think there's a definite connection. It seems that this passage is explicitly talking about observing the sabbath, which I don't believe is a NT command since it was fulfilled in Christ. I do think however, that the principle holds true. Our corporate time with the Lord is sacred, and should be thrown off or regarded as unimportant.

      Thanks for sharing that.

      • Megan M.

        The part about Jesus fulfilling the sabbath commandment confuses me. How did he do that? I mean we still should not murder or steal or commit adultery, so why is the sabbath commandment so fulfilled that we can mow the lawn and run errands and do homework on Saturday, which I do (except the mowing part!)? [Just so you know, I go to a Sovereign Grace church. :) ]

        • Ray

          The Sabbath was given to Israel, not the church. The Sabbath is still Saturday, not Sunday, and has never been changed. But the Sabbath is part of the Old Testament Law, and Christians are free from the bondage of the Law (Galatians 4:1-26; Romans 6:14). Sabbath keeping is not required of the Christian—be it Saturday or Sunday. The first day of the week, Sunday, the Lord's Day (Revelation 1:10) celebrates the New Creation, with Christ as our resurrected Head. We are not obligated to follow the Mosaic Sabbath—resting, but are now free to follow the risen Christ—serving. The Apostle Paul said that each individual Christian should decide whether to observe a Sabbath rest, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). We are to worship God every day, not just on Saturday or Sunday. The Jewish Sabbath was abolished at the cross where Christ “canceled the written code, with its regulations” (Colossians 2:14).

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lorraine.Beale.Allenbach Lorraine Beale Allenbach

    The picture reminds me of my childhood! I still remember with fondness the hats we wore (esp. when they matched my coat!! Oh My!! :-) Reminicences aside, yes, it is very important, and in this day, I think the reminder is very important too because the temptation NOT to go, especially when there are so few decent options and so much non-gospel infiltrating the churches at the local level. We have recently made a move church-wise because of strange teaching, and no, it's not all our hearts long for, but it is the Body of Christ, the gospel IS proclaimed and the saints of many stripes are gathering toghether to say, in effect, 'we belong to Christ, we belong to each other' however imperfectly that is done.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/StephenAltrogge StephenAltrogge

      I appreciate your commitment to your church, even though 'its not all you long for'. I think the gospel calls us to that kind of commitment. We don't have the option of finding a church that perfectly suits all our needs or desires. Rather, we're called to be plugged into a community of believers who believe the gospel and are plugged into each other.

      I really admire your family's commitment to that.

  • Elaine

    The church matters to the Lord because she is His precious bride. She should be precious to us.

    We have several friends who have served on the mission field over the years and we have been moved and convicted by the love and commitment other believers around the world show for the church. Some walk over two hours -one way- to attend a church service; others have hidden behind barns and worshipped quietly because of the persecution that surrounds them. I am ashamed of the times I have complained, either out loud or in my spirit, about going to church.

    We have struggled to find a Gospel proclaiming church home for several years. What a gift to now hear the Word proclaimed every Sunday and what a priviledge to now have a church family. After watching us leave every Sunday morning for church, it did sow seeds of curiousity in our neighbors and opened doors for later conversations.

  • Patrick

    I didn't get a chance to listen to it, but Grace To You (John MacArthur's radio ministry) had a recent series called "The Sabbath, and Why We Worship on Sunday."

    Seems related to this post.

    Here's the link:http://www.gty.org/Shop/Audio+Series/309_The-Sabb