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IntroductionA. Most Christians worship SundayB. Why has Sunday Become the day of WorshipC. What are the Bible Reasons for Public Worship on Sunday?
A. Sunday Was the Day of the Resurrection Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, veryearly in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringingthe spices which they had prepared, and certain others withthem. 1. The resurrection proved the deity of Christ Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 2. There would be no church without the resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
3. There would be no salvation without the resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.4. The resurrection authenticated the teachings of Christ John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.
a. His answer to those seeking a sign of authority b. Resurrection a fitting day to teach His word5. Sunday is a great day to gather to celebrate new life
B. Sunday was the day ofWorship for Early Christians Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 1. What makes a day of worship? a. A day to pray and preach the gospel b. A day to fellowship with believers and Celebrate communion c. A day to give offerings to the Lord 2. The first day of the week was for Communion and Preaching (Acts 20:7)
3. The first day of the week was for bringing offerings to the Church 1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.4. Why did early Christians go to the temple on Saturday? a. On Saturday they evangelized at the temple b. On Sunday they worship in Church meetings c. On Sunday we follow their example in public worship
C. Sunday CommemoratesDeliverance from the LawO Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.1. Christ died to deliver us from the law2. No one can be justified by keeping the law Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
3. We are saved by grace through faith a. No amount of law keeping or other works can save us b. We ought to celebrate being free from the law4. Grace calls for higher standard than the law Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. a) The spirit of the law calls for greater holiness b) The law called for Israel to rest on Saturday c) Under grace we rest and worship one day a week d) For centuries most Christians have made Sunday that day of rest and worship
“ those who walked in theancient practices attain untonewness of hope , no longerobserving Sabbaths, butfashioning their lives after theLord’s day, on which our lifealso rose through Him, that wemay be found disciples ofJesus Christ, our only teacher.”
ConclusionA. Keeping a Certain Day of Worship Does Not Save Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.B. Growth in Grace Comes through public and private worship 1. We ought to have private worship everyday 2. Sunday is a fitting day for public worship Colosians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ