Sep.1, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 35     

Sunday - The Best Day of the Week

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” Acts 20:7

In the society we live in, fewer and fewer people think of Sunday as a day of any religious significance at all. Those converted to the Lord out of a completely non-religious background have to make a major adjustment in their weekend habits in order to meet with the saints on the Lord’s Day. But some of us who have long been Christians may need to make some adjustments about the Lord’s Day, too. It may be that — because of familiarity, etc. — we neglect and abuse the day, failing to let it be the special day it ought to be to us.


The first day of the week is referred to as the “Lord’s Day.” “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet” (Revelation 1:10). In the New Testament, the Lord’s people assembled to partake of the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week: “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7).


There are many things that are special about the Lord’s Day.

God created light on the first day of the week. (Genesis 1:3-5). Of all the physical things God ever created, none is more symbolic of His own character than light. “Who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:16). “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the first day of the week. (Luke 23:50-24:3).

The Lord’s church began on the first day of the week. (Acts 2:1-47; cf. Leviticus 23:15-21).

It is the day the Lord’s Supper is to be observed. (Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 & 11:23-29).

It is the day we give of our means to support the Lord’s work. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

It is a day of worship and singing. We ought to be moved by this and look forward to it. (Cf. Revelation. 4 & 5).

It is a day of preaching and teaching from God’s word - Ac. 20:7.

It is a day of prayer and personal Bible study — the Lord’s Day is a day of communion with God and growth in our learning of the Scriptures.

It is a day of edification and spiritual refreshment — the Lord’s Day normally ought to be the most spiritually strengthening day of the week. (Cf. Hebrews. 10:23-25).

We are not required to make the first day of the week a “day of rest” in the same sense that the Jewish Sabbath was. The Sabbath has been done away: “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14; cf. vv.15-17). Sunday is not the “Christian Sabbath.”

But the fact that it is the day the saints are to observe the Lord’s Supper, etc. means that it is a unique day of the week for Christians — even those who do not live in a society where it is possible to devote it exclusively to the Lord.

Fortunately, however, we do live in such a society — and those who are involved in activities that keep them from devoting the day to spiritual concerns are almost always involved in such by choice.

Must we think even of the Lord’s Day as ours — and reluctantly let the Lord have part of it?

What better day could there be for the many things we complain of not having enough time for otherwise: Bible study, visitation, hospitality or personal evangelism.

We are all busy — but is one day out of seven too much to set aside for things that are explicitly related to the Lord?


We can disentangle ourselves from activities that interfere with it.

We can prepare for it.

We can pray about it.

We can reserve it for the Lord and His people.

We can make memories of it for our children.

We really cannot do without the Lord’s Day — it is a part of what God has provided for our strengthening. But we ought not to look upon the Lord’s Day merely as something that is required for our good. We ought to derive deep fulfillment, satisfaction, and even enjoyment from it. Sunday is the best day of the week — it ought to be our favorite day.

Would not the attitude implicit in Psa. 122:1 cause us to look upon the Lord’s Day differently: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”


"Commitment to Excellence"
Luke 8:4-15
"5 Principles for Spiritual Victory"
Joshua 5:13 - 6:21.


Fellowship Meal: September, 1, 2002

“Worship renews the spirit as sleep renews the body.” Cabot




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Amy Vowell
Viola Morinier
Lemuel Turner
Press Phillips
Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Denny Heimbuch



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  


 Dick Navarre  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 James Bowman


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 Dick Navarre



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece

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