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  • Eugene Adkins 8:08 pm on 2017-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    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)

    • docmgphillips 1:15 pm on 2017-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      It never fails to amaze me that even among us, there is a tendency to cling to the OT. How can we not see the truth?

      • Eugene Adkins 6:27 am on 2017-02-23 Permalink | Reply

        As a kid, I remember being taught Sunday was the day of rest. I don’t think I was being taught this maliciously. I think it was taught in order to place an emphasis on the importance of recognizing God in worship every Sunday … hence that “natural” connection/association between the Christian treating/recognizing/remembering the first day of the week like the Jew remembered the Sabbath.

        Because of that, I don’t think it’s so much about clinging to the OT as it about looking for ways to make an impression on people’s minds.

        While I think something obviously needs to be done to try and get people (even within the church) to understand the importance of worship on a consistent basis (instead of the once every other week, or worse), I don’t think the way to do it is by making the first day of the week something that it is not. Two wrongs do not make a right.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:09 am on 2017-01-22 Permalink | Reply
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    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.


  • J. Randal Matheny 5:12 am on 2016-07-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Be there. For them. For Him. 

    Church is not only an event, but a people. Church is definitely not a place, though time and place are essential. In church activities happen, but it’s more, a realm of Being.

    Having said that, we go to church (that’s a very biblical phrase, BTW) to give, more than to receive. (More blessed, remember?) We go for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for their edification. We go for God, to meet him in a sacred moment, to glorify, and glory in, him; we go for Christ, to obey and find him.

    Church is not a ritual to satisfy a legal demand, but one of many acts of obedience. There, life is found and lived and rejoiced in.

    Be there today.

    #church #Sunday

    • John Henson 7:39 pm on 2016-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      Hate to be picky, but Hebrews 10:25 was/is a command (to us by implication) to assemble, isn’t it? Love is also a command (1 John 4:7). Church is not just a ritual to satisfy a legal demand, but it does.

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:52 pm on 2016-07-18 Permalink | Reply

        It is, and I acknowledge that as “one of many acts of obedience.” This as distinct from people thinking they’ve punched their time-card by showing up on Sunday. Am I addressing your point, or am I missing something?

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:24 am on 2015-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    First day of the week is special for Christians 

    Today, the first day of the week, is a special day for Christians. On this day Jesus Christ arose. On this day the Lord appeared to his followers. On this day he ascended into heaven.

    One wonders if on this day he will return to claim his people. (More …)

    • Tim 9:11 am on 2015-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. I always enjoy eating with others of like faith in Christ.

      While any day that Christians gather is important it is more important to properly read and understand scripture. The phrase “mia Sabbaton” means first of Sabbaths. Each time you find this phrase in the New Testament it is in the Spring of the year and is a specific Sabbath. Check it out. By the way, try to ignore how some major groups observe the Sabbath today. Their observance and what is found in scripture are two entirely different things. May your study be blessed.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:50 am on 2014-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • docmgphillips 10:36 pm on 2013-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    This is Sunday.  How many times did you attend services today?  Most of us had the opportunity for Bible study, Sunday AM worship and Sunday evening worship.  Most of us will also have the opportunity of mid-week-night Bible study.  That is a total of the possibility of four times to fellowship with those of like precious faith, to worship God, and to learn more about His Word and His will for us.

    So what is my point?  Too many of us today do not take advantage of all the opportunities we have.  If you are not interested in being with the brethren to edify each other and to worship God, why do you think that you will enjoy being with the brethren continually in Heaven…or, perhaps a better question, what makes you think God will want you there?

  • TFRStaff 6:42 am on 2012-03-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A blessing on all God’s saints today 

    May all of the members of Christ’s body be blessed today through their mutual edification and strengthened for the task always at hand, that of proclaiming the Good News to all. No greater work has been given us than this. No greater glory is ours than to belong to Christ and to see the Creator up close. May his Spirit inhabit in every soul, to the glory of God.

  • joyjensen 7:53 am on 2011-05-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Our Sunday 

    Yesterday George preached a great lesson on Responsibilities of Husbands and Wives.  In all likelihood that’s the first of its kind for many of the listeners yesterday.  We ended the day with a baptism of a young man who has been studying with our translator for a couple of months.  We have great hopes for this young man – he has truly been a searcher.  You can read more about it at our travelblog:  http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tanzania/Centre/Iringa/blog-613978.html

  • Stephen R. Bradd 6:52 am on 2011-05-23 Permalink | Reply
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    I’m preaching through the book of Matthew currently. Yesterday was chapter 3. I’m stressing the purpose for Matthew’s writing (namely, to prove to his readers that Jesus of Nazareth was/is the Messiah) and trying to “give the sense” of the reading (Neh. 8:8).

    So far we’ve stressed:

    Accumulating evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (all fulfilled OT predictions):

    • Descendant of Abraham
    • Descendant of David
    • Born of a virgin
    • Born in Bethlehem
    • Wilderness prophet forerunner

    Finally, yesterday we noted the heavenly Father’s pronouncement of who Jesus was.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:37 am on 2011-03-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: word heard on Sunday 

    What word, phrase, truth, or declaration did you hear yesterday (Sunday) from a teacher, preacher, or Barnabas that made your ears ring, your eyes water, or your shoulders square?

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:32 pm on 2010-02-24 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s Sunday . . . the (REAL) first day of the week also known as the LORD’s day (Rev. 1:10). Monday is only the first day of the BUSINESS week. Think about it. Many calendars now show Monday in the first day of the week spot (far left) or at least allow that as an optional view (i.e., electronic versions). How secular we have become. And don’t forget C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. instead of B.C. and A.D. (Anno Domini; lit. year of our Lord).

    Douglas Hoff
    • Weylan Deaver 10:37 pm on 2010-02-24 Permalink | Reply

      To the secularist’s chagrin, even if they use C.E. and B.C.E., they still can’t escape that those abbreviations date to and from the birth of Christ. Sort of like trying to escape from your shadow.

    • Mark McWhorter 12:01 am on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

      While not directly on the topic, reading this reminded me of the Soviet block calender. They attempted to remove any semblance of God in their society yet the seventh day of the week was listed as Sabotah (the Sabbath). When I first starting going to Ukraine I would ask unbelievers about that and they would get this startled look on their face. They had never thought about the fact that one of their calendar days was named from the Bible.

    • wbell20191 1:34 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

      I use the option on my calendar of making Monday the first day of the week but it has nothing to do with being secular. It is simple because choosing that option puts the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend together so that it is easier to view weekend activities instead of having them separated by the other five days in the week.

      • Randal Matheny 1:50 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

        I do the same. But I rail at those who want to make Sunday part of the weekend. I think of putting Sunday at the end of the calendar as working the whole week to lead up to Sunday. How does that sound?

    • wbell20191 2:14 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

      Good. I look at it as the jumping off point for the next week. You know, the last shall be first.

    • Beth 7:42 am on 2014-09-28 Permalink | Reply

      I like the Lord’s Day (Sunday) being what it really is–the *first* day of the week (Rev. 1:10; Acts 20:7; Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; 1 Cor. 16:2), a new day of a new week just beginning.

      If the week begins with the right focus, it should (or could) be focused the right way all week long. Then the week-end (Saturday) can still be the way we end it–resting because we need the rest and not because it is the Holy Sabbath. However, Sabbath still means seventh.

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