Why Do Christians Meet on Sunday?

Why Do Christians Meet on Sunday?Text: Acts 20:7

The world is filled with a multitude of churches engaged in various practices. With all of the diversity of practices, there is one thing that professing Christians generally agree on – the church assembles on Sunday. Some meet other days (ex: Seventh Day Adventists), but these are the exceptions. Why is this the prevailing practice? Let us consider what the Bible teaches.

The History of the Sabbath Day

  • God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-3) – not because He needed rest; this was an example
  • This was the basis for the Sabbath law in the Law of Moses (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • This was to continue throughout their generations (Exodus 31:13, 16)
  • Severe punishment for those who violated the Sabbath law (Exodus 31:14-15; Numbers 15:32-36)
  • Not always faithfully kept during the OT (Ezekiel 20:12-13; Nehemiah 13:15-18)
  • Still practiced by the Jews during the first century (Acts 15:21) – even to an extreme (John 5:8-18)

The Change to the First Day of the Week

  • Jesus was raised from the dead on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1-6)
  • The church was established on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1) – Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) occurred on the first day of the week, fifty days after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-16); all males were to appear before the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:16)
  • Christians assembled on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2)
  • However, this is not the “Christian Sabbath” – not Biblical language

Does It Matter?

  • Our practices need to be established by Scripture, not common practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 7:21-23) – if we assemble on the first day of the week, it cannot be simply because the majority does so
  • We can only know God’s will by His revelation (Deuteronomy 29:29; Jeremiah 10:23; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13)
  • It is presumptuous to assume God will be pleased with something without Him revealing it (Matthew 7:21-23)
  • We must strive to do all in the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:17) – by His authority
  • The old law (including the Sabbath) was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14) – with Jesus came a new LAW and a new COVENANT (Hebrews 7:11-12; 8:6)
  • We can meet ANY day, but SUNDAY is emphasized and special – NT limits giving and the Lord’s Supper to Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2; Acts 20:7), but there are no such limits on other activities

Conclusion

  • Why do we meet on Sunday? – not about personal preference, convenience, human tradition, etc.
  • This is the day that Christians meet to worship the Lord as has been done since the first century
  • Let us recognize the importance of this and not allow the things of this world to interfere with it

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