We are living in unusual times relative to Church attendance. When I was growing up it was assumed that Sunday – all day Sunday was the Lord’s Day. We would attend Sunday school, then the morning service, Sunday evening Training Union and then the evening service. In between services would be dinner and rest. Remember the Lord created the Sabbath for rest and worship. From the time of the New Testament forward, the first day of the week, Sunday, has been set aside in commemoration of the Lord’s resurrection. On this day my family spent our time in the Lord’s house for worship, preaching and fellowship. Today the average believer goes to church on Sunday and attends perhaps only one service, the morning service, maybe 80% of the time. The number of people who attend Sunday school and Sunday evening services is 40-50% the size of the morning service, and Wednesday evening services are maybe 30% the size of the Sunday morning service. In many cases Sunday, the Lord’s Day, has become more of a HOLIDAY for shopping, vacationing and sports than a HOLY day for worship. Now days many churches are forsaking the Sunday evening service and even the Wednesday prayer and Bible study times. However SUNDAY, the Lord’s Day is still the most significant day of the week for the child of God
SUNDAY is a day set aside for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “He is not here, He is risen.”
SUNDAY is a day set aside for personal worship of God. Worship is a personal experience as we reverence and submit to God.
SUNDAY is a day set aside for corporate exaltation of Christ. We exalt the accomplishments of Christ as we honor Him for who He is and for what He has done.
SUNDAY is a day set aside for proclamation of God’s Word. The preaching and teaching of God’s Word is the foundation for worship.
SUNDAY is a day set aside for giving to God’s work through the local church. The New Testament says more about giving than about any other aspect of church life.
SUNDAY is a day set aside for ministry in God’s church. Serving God on Sunday in the local church is an expression of worship.
SUNDAY is a day set aside for prayer and singing praise to God. Prayer to God and singing of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are times of verbal communication to God and about God.
SUNDAY is a day set aside as “the Lord’s Day.”
The title, “the Lord’s Day” marks out Sunday as special from God’s point of view. The New Testament church used Sunday as a day of corporate worship and celebration despite the fact that it was not a weekly holiday. Today believers are to be on guard to avoid being caught up in the secular use of the “the Lord’s Day.” To neglect “the Lord’s Day” is to slight Christ, to blunt the testimony of His resurrection and to nullify the benefits, blessings, and protection of ministry and corporate worship.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting (encouraging) one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
In His Amazing Grace,
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