Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ten things for the Lord's Day

1. Remember - this is the Lord's Day, not yours.
2. Call the Sabbath a delight, not a chore.
3. Have a day off from your regular work and switch off the TV.
4. Go to Church - don't forsake the assembling of yourselves together.
5. Read a good Christian book or magazine.
6. Visit a sick or housebound believer.
7. Invite Christian friends round for tea and fellowship.
8. Spend time relaxing with your family.
9. Reflect that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week.
10. Make the Lord's Day an anticipation of the rest that is laid up for the people of God.

9 comments:

Mister Tim said...

Just a question on your first point: why is it the Lord's Day (except that every day belongs to God)? Where does it say this in the Bible?
All that came to mind for me was what Jesus said about it: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath" (Mark 2:27)

michael jensen said...

11 - get a better Biblical Theology of the Sabbath!!

(just teasing)

Exiled Preacher said...

Tim,

The expression "Lord's Day" is taken from Rev. 1:10. This is usually taken to mean the 1st Day of the week, observed as a day of worship in the NT because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday. If the Lord claims the day as especially his own in Scripture, who am I to argue?

Yes Sabbath was made for man, which is why we should use it as a day of rest, relaxation and fellowship - it will do us good!

MJ,

Just what I've come to expect from a Moore man. ;-)

Gary Brady said...

Helpful post guy despite typical reactions. Hence the saying Moore is less. If Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath as he asserts surely there's a Sabbath for him to be Lord of.

Exiled Preacher said...

Quite, Gary

Alan Davey said...

Just tea?

Is it OK to have people round for lunch, do you think, or is that too much work?

Exiled Preacher said...

Alan,

Lunch is cool too as long as you don't get all Martha'd about it.

Pastor Eric Henry Jnr said...

Greetings, I would just like to make a small point and ask a question. 1. Biblical Theology methodolgy means that the Theology, theme or motif can be traced through scripture. How is the idea that the Lord's day is the first day of the week traced through scripture?

NewCre8ion said...

It would seem as though there is a little difficulty answering the last comment and question.
There is nowhere in scripture that ties the first day of the week to the Lord's day or where it is even hinted at being a rest day for Christians. Of your 10 points number 10 has more of a Biblical Theology than point 9. Scripture speaks of a day sanctified and blessed by God. Why? Because He rested. Just before Jesus died he said "it is finished". What was finished? The sacrifice He was making. Then he rested (see Acts 25 - 31). If your modern version reads 'live in hope' at verse 26 check Psalm 16:8-11 the verses Peter is quoting. Christ rested in hope. Therefore we are to rest in hope. On the Lord's day and not a man selected day.