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The Sabbath

09.30.14 Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 10:31, Gen 1:26-27, and Gen 2:7 Topics: Corporate Worship, The Nature of the Church

The human soul needs to find time to rest in Christ. We were created for His purpose. (Gen 1:26-27; 2:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

It is impossible to live as Christ calls us to live by separating ourselves from others. Jesus made us to glorify him in community (Gen 1:28). To give us a healthy community to accomplish his will, He created His church (Matt 16:18). He calls His church his bride (Revelation 19:7) and He has gifted each person within the church with different gifts so they may serve and edify (1 Corinthians 12:14-23). A gift is intended to be given away. When we neglect His church #1 we make light of what Jesus created by giving His life, #2 we neglect our opportunity to glorify God, and #3 we fail to permit God’s people to encourage one another.

In regards to the Sabbath, it is important to remember that the early church (1st century) did not observe the Sabbath as we know it in the Old Testament. In fact, the Bible tells us the early church met every day (Acts 2:46-47). If a specific day is mentioned for the church they met on Sunday and not on Saturday which was the Old Testament Sabbath Day. (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2)

It is true that God rested on the seventh day (Saturday) and taught Israel to refrain from work on such a day (Genesis 2:2; Exodus 35:2). This is according to the Law. However, It is also true that Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Bible tells us not to emphasize one day over another but let each man be convinced in their own mind (Colossians 2:16-17; Romans 14:5).Jesus mentions that the entire purpose of the Sabbath was to serve man and not for man to serve the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). The Sabbath itself is not what is sacred but rather our desire in the Sabbath is what is sacred. We need to make it a priority to connect with God as a group of followers.

It is important to congregate as followers of Christ in order to Honor Christ and encourage each other in Christ. Today our American culture has given emphasis to a specific day to worship, Sunday. The body of Christ congregates most heavily on Sunday, but this isn’t the only day to worship, nor is it a biblical law to worship on this day. IF it were, you would see the writers of the New Testament encouraging the early church to worship on the Sabbath. It is practical and logical for us to distinguish particular organized days for God’s people to worship. However, Christians may find circumstances that prohibit them from gathering on Sunday. Such reasons could include: Persecution, Work, Illness. God isn’t disappointed in our inability to gather on a specific day, He is rather more interested in our desire to glorify him by taking time to join with other true believers to encourage and be encouraged in our walk with Christ.

Conclusion

IF we question the Sabbath because we feel guilty about not going to church or we don’t want to attend church, we wrong look on church. Joining together with the church should primarily be about celebration, hope and victory. Yes the church does other things, but ultimately church is all about what we have in Jesus. Thanks to Jesus you don’t have to be a part of a church, you get to be a part of His church. Being a part of His church means we are a people of tremendous hope and joy because of what awaits us in Christ. Thanks to Jesus, you don’t have to go to church, you get to go to church and celebrate and encourage each other in the story of redemption.