God has ordained that all Christians gather on Sundays for worship. That is my contention in these posts. This is the direction that the Church of the Lord Jesus should keep moving towards.
Some historical reasons:
- Patrick Schreiner recently wrote on the practices of the early church here. He cites several examples in the first couple centuries of acknowledgments of Lord’s Day worship gatherings.
- Both the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith take Sabbatarian views of the Lord’s Day. STILL, both traditions understand Sunday, the Lord’s Day, as the Christian day of worship.
- Look around the world right now: are not 90% or more of Christian churches that you know of gathering for worship on the Lord’s Day? Are not 90% or more of the churches you have been a part of in your life gathering for worship on the Lord’s Day? And yes, the global church right now is a part of church history, like it or not.
- Acts 20.7- “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered to break bread…” Yes, the book of Acts is church history, like it or not. But you might say, “No, that’s not prescriptive, that’s descriptive!” Yes, that is why I say it is church history. But, it is inspired church history, like it or not.
If the overwhelming majority of our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and who surround us (and who no doubt will come after us)– if they all gather for worship on Sundays– and you choose purposely to not gather for worship on the Lord’s Day, what does that say about how you view your connection to the Body of Christ?