Should Christians Meet on Sunday?

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Why do churches meet on Sunday? The churches in the New Testament met on the first day of the week. Luke reported this is the common practice of churches of Christ (Acts 20:7). However, is this passage all the Bible speaks about meeting on the first day of the week?

The Lord’s Day

The apostle John revealed, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” (Rev 1:10). This Lord’s Day is not the Day of the Lord’s coming evidently or the Book of Revelation would have been too late and it would not have been written because John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day. On this “Lord’s Day,” John heard a loud voice behind him like a trumpet, and it was the voice of Christ telling John to write a book and send it to seven churches of Asia (Rev 1:11). When John turned around, he saw the One who looked like the “Son of Man” in the midst of seven lamp stands. This “Son of Man” is the one whose voice sounded like the roar of many waters and from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword. John described him as a man in a long robe, a gold sash around his chest, and he shined like the sun in full strength. The man identified himself as “the first and the last” and “I died, and behold I am alive forevermore” (Rev 1).

In the Midst of Lamp Stands

What is significant that Christ is in the midst of the seven lamp stands? These seven lamp stands are the seven churches of Asia (Rev 1:20). Christ was in the midst of the churches on the Lord’s Day.”In the midst” is from Greek phrase en meso, which is also found in Matthew 18:20, where Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Paul also refers to the gathering of the saints as being in Christ’s name (1 Cor 5:4). In Revelation 1, John has presented that Christ was in the midst of the churches on the Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is the day of the assembly.

The Day of Assembly

Add to this information about the Lord’s Day that the Greek word for “Lord” for “Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 is the adjective kuriakos. This adjective is found only one other place in 1 Corinthians 11:20 referring to “the Lord’s Supper.” The churches in the New Testament only partook of the he Lord’s Supper when they gathered together.These descriptions identify again that the Lord’s Day is the day of the assembly in which Christians partook of the Lord’s Supper. A day known by all Christians especially those of whom Christ writes to in Asia Minor. The command for the assembly and the Lord’s Supper clearly include the Lord’s Day. Which day is this?

The First Day of the Week

Luke reported, “And upon the first day of the week when the disciples having been assembled to break bread,” (Acts 20:7a). The first day of the week was the day of assembling of the disciples to break bread. The apostle Paul described this breaking of bread as the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 10:16). Paul described the assembly as when Christians came together to eat the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:33; cf. 11:21–22). This is the Lord’s Day for which John wrote.

Christ rose on the first day of the week (Matt 28:1; John 20:19). Jesus met with the eleven on this day (John 20:19). Jesus blessed the bread for the Lord’s Supper on this day (Luke 24:30, 35). The Church established on the Day of Pentecost which was on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1; cf. Pentecost Lev 23:15–16). The churches collected to aid other churches in need on this day (1 Cor 16:1). The Scriptures repeatedly record that the day of Jesus’s resurrection was on the “third day” (Matt 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 27:64; Mark 9:31, Luke 9:22; 13:32; 18:33; 24:7, 21, 46; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor 15:4).

Conclusion

The Lord’s Day is the first day of the week for the assembly in Christ’s name. This is the day of the assembly to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and on this day, Christ is in the midst of His churches. When must Christians assemble? If anyone loves Christ, they will assemble on the first day of the week (John 14:21, 23; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6). The apostle Paul exhorted, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together [the assembly], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:24–25 ESV).

About Scott J. Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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41 Responses to Should Christians Meet on Sunday?

  1. MO Duggan says:

    Sew, what is done with commands, statutes and festivals of our ABBA, Father in heaven?
    Is this what Jeshua did and said?
    I heard from Torah that these things were to be kept FOREVER. Am I incorrect?

    Torah means instructions. Yah, family, community and law.
    Seems to me this definition presented falls into “Tradition of MAN”.
    uons

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  2. Chuck Slabaugh says:

    My big question for Church of Christ members is why in the world do you not play musical instruments when singing – I went to a C of C church and they said it was heresy to play musical instruments when singing..

    What?????

    The Psalms are full of musical instruments and even encourages the use of stringed instruments, harps, trumpets, etc

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    • Hey Chuck,

      Very good question.

      As you may know from Reformation and Restoration history, these believers removed the instruments because these are not present in the church’s worship of the New Testament. In the fact, the catholic church did not use instruments until starting in the 12th c. and became widespread by the 15th c. Most orthodox churches still do not worship with instruments. Furthermore, the change of covenants or testaments from old to the new has changed worship. Jesus noted that the worship in Jerusalem would cease for true worship (John 4:21–24). Remember that David brought the ark and tabernacle into Jerusalem. For 500 years, that worship from Moses to David did not include instruments. However, when David brought that worship into Jerusalem, God instructed him to use specific instruments and the people were careful to only use David’s instruments rather than instruments from contemporary culture.

      I cannot say that using instruments is “heresy.” God will judge on such matters. However, I can no more add to the fruit of my lips than add to the fruit of the vine in the Lord’s Supper (Heb 13:15).

      Here is my article on the matter: https://Godsbreath.net/2010/06/10/instrumental-music-worship/

      Also about David’s instruments:
      https://Godsbreath.net/2014/03/04/davids-instruments-for-worship/

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  3. Clyde Roberts says:

    The day in which Jesus rose from the dead, the first day of the week, replaces the Sabbath day when the first covenant was in force. Some Christians still keep the seventh day. I don’t think We should not make an issue of it with them. We can go on loving one another inspite of this difference.

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  4. This assembling is “upon”…the 1st day which continued from the Sabbath.

    There is NO Scripture that names the 1st day, as the replacement of Sabbath, & it most certainly doesn’t even remotely hint to a connection with a Holy Convocation. Leviticus 23:5 establishes the Holy Convocation on the 7th Day. Convocation, by definition, means “Assembly”.

    Holy, by definition means “Sacred”.

    Meaning, the mere mention of Sabbath in Acts should make it clear when the Lord’s Day is. Does God say it out of His own mouth when His day is?

    “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on MY HOLY DAY; AND CALL THE SABBATH

    a delight,

    the holy of the LORD,

    honourable;

    and shalt honour Him,

    not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

    Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:

    for

    THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HATH SPOKEN IT.”

    Jesus said that He is Lord of the Sabbath out of His own mouth in Matthew 12:8.

    Scott, you’re not being obedient to God’s Word; instead you are stretching Truth to follow the word of man by choosing the traditions of men.

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  5. It’s very easy. Just address the points in the article.

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  6. Again, is the 1st day or Sunday the day of the “assembly” in Hebrews 10:25?

    Convocation is defined as assembly; see Leviticus 23:4 & find that this convocation is not only the assembly of the 7th Day Sabbath, but it is Holy meaning “Sacred”

    So the answer is “no”.

    Colossians 2:16-17 mentions sabbath days which were shadows of things to come…”. So, which sabbath days were shadows? …and how?

    Well, the answer is offering foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus, & you simply can research Leviticus 23 to find which sabbath days called for offering. No offering, no shadow, & the 7th Day called for no offering…so no shadow.

    Jesus put an end to 7 out of 8 Sabbaths by the sacrifice of His body.How could the 7th Day Sabbath be a shadow if there was no offering or sacrifice to symbolize Jesus Christ?

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  7. Street Preacher says:

    Scott, you are a long way from being a preacher, i`d hate to know i had to attend any of your sermons, they would either be a lie or put me to sleep, you better wake up and learn the truth before it`s to late, judgement begins at the house of the Lord, are you ready for it? I doubt it, you but in on things you have no knowledge of whatsoever, your site should be taken down, for you are a false teacher…..

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