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7-10-2017 Man-Made Tradition: Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4 NKJV). Since Jesus “rose early on the first day of the week” (Mark 16:9 NKJV), Christians meet together on the “first day of the week” in remembrance of His resurrection, and “break bread” to remember Jesus’ death for their sins (Acts 20:7 NKJV). Because each week has a “first day” the churches of Christ remember Jesus’ Gospel every week. Sinners may put this Gospel into their hearts, by being “buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4 NKJV). This is not seasonal, but serious.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#first-day-of-the-week, #resurrection-of-christ

Sunday is not the Christian Sabbath

Millions of people in Christendom are completely unaware of the fact that they are not amenable the 10 commandments. The lack of knowledge and understanding goes even to the extent that many of these individuals confuse the first of day of the week with the seventh day of the week by referring to it as the “Christian Sabbath.” But ignorance does not change reality, and reality says that the first day of the week is not referred to as the “Christian Sabbath” in any single verse of the New Testament.

The seventh day Sabbath had a purpose for the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 5: 2-4, 12, 15) and that purpose came to an end when the Law of Moses was replaced with the Law of Christ (Galatians 3:11, 24-25; Hebrews 8:6-7). The rest for God’s people under the New Covenant is not a single day of the week – it is the laborious induced hope of a continual reward of rest in the heavenly presence of God (Hebrews 4:8-11).

Go ahead and enjoy some physical rest. There is nothing wrong with resting in and of itself. But when it comes to resting (or worship) there is no need to confuse others when it comes to the relationship of the 10 commandments and the New Covenant by referring to the first day of the week as any sort of “Sabbath” other than a personal one that is not bound as a commandment upon the church as a whole by God (Romans 14:5-6).

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

#10-commandments, #first-day-of-the-week, #sabbath, #sunday, #worship

This Day, the First

On this day, the first, when Jesus rose
Alive, and set aside his burial clothes,
His faithful followers come together and meet,
To sing his praise, around his table they eat,
And in his Name they pray for peace
And courage to speak, that he increase,
His grace be given, his saving truth be spread,
Because they know he lives who once was dead.
Their God is Father, they in Christ immersed,
This day they glory in him whom God raised first.

JRMatheny

#assembly, #church, #first-day-of-the-week, #poetry, #sunday

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12-23-2016 The First Day Of The Week

Jesus “rose early on the first day of the week” (Mark 16:9 NKJV).  To remember how special that day is, it was “on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them” (Acts 20:7 NKJV).  Jesus had said, “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV).  Every week has a “first day” to remember His resurrection and gather to remember His death with the Lord’s Supper. Sad, isn’t it, when this practice of faith is cast aside for ball games, car races, family reunions, traveling, housework, entertainment, “sleeping in,” shopping, or the host of other human “reasons” that are used.  God made “the first day of the week” special, but people ignore what makes it so special!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#first-day-of-the-week

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4-30-2015 The Lord-less Supper

Jesus took the Jewish Passover elements and gave them new meaning for those in His kingdom. The unleavened bread is to remember His body, “the fruit of the vine” is to remember His “blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:18-20). Paul taught Christians, “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV), and met with disciples “on the first day of the week” “to break bread” (Acts 20:7). Jesus’ death has not properly been remembered by Christians without this weekly observance. Changing the elements, their meaning, or the time of observance, removes Jesus Christ from His Supper! Christians are those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus’ death (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Salvation before baptism removes Jesus from baptism.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#break-bread, #first-day-of-the-week, #fruit-of-the-vine, #jewish-passover, #unleavened-bread

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3-25-2015 Man-Made Tradition: Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”(Romans 1:4 NKJV). Since Jesus “rose early on the first day of the week” (Mark 16:9 NKJV), Christians meet together on the “first day of the week” in remembrance of His resurrection, and “break bread” to remember Jesus’ death for their sins (Acts 20:7 NKJV). Because each week has a “first day” the churches of Christ remember Jesus’ Gospel every week. Sinners may put this Gospel into their hearts, by being “buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4 NKJV). This is not seasonal, but serious.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#break-bread, #buried-through-baptism, #first-day-of-the-week, #jesus-resurrection-from-the-dead

The first day

The first day of the week is special to Christians. It is a day of celebration together, around the table of the Lord. It allows saints to encourage one another, draw strength for their service, confess faults, refocus their loyalties, and support the work of God. It often sets the tone for the entire week. It observes the principle of giving the first and best to the Lord. It is a day to remember the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promise of our own resurrection. On the first day of creation, God created light, and on the first day of the week, light and joy and satisfaction in the divine goodness belong to those who call upon the name of the Lord.

#church-of-christ, #first-day-of-the-week, #sunday