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The Lord’s Day

It’s Sunday, time for rest, time for worship, time for study. And as I’m up late putting together my lesson for tomorrow’s class. This is the last weekend I have this particular group before they move up to the 12th grade class – where little do they know but a man who’s been teaching systematic theology for teens for 25 years is about to get ahold of their little-skulls full-o-mush – and they complain about how hard my class is !-)

Anyway, tomorrow is when I bring in my childhood photo album and high school year book in one last attempt to convey to them that I’m not some stinking theological genius who gets some sadistic pleasure in pointing out their pop-culture, politically correct theology. Rather, I want to show them that I’m as human as they are – the only difference is that when I committed my life to Christ at age 17 – I followed up with intense Bible study. Yet most of these students didn’t even read Titus over a three weekend period in which we studied the 2 page epistle.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a smart bunch of “good kids.” I suspect a good portion of them will get serious about HIS business one day. I’m just hoping the “wise-up” before it costs them too much, or is too late. Hence, the year-book full of pictures of people who’s lives are forfeit – or might as well be. Pray for them. Because though this particular group frustrates me, they are possibly the most talented tykes I’ve dealt with to date. If they ever do catch on fire – watch out!

Anyway, one of the issues I need them to walk away with is that Christians once enjoyed the ability to influence the culture – usually through art, music and literature. Now, with mass-media atop that list, Christians no longer influential forces upon our culture, but are influenced BY the culture. A point I hope to bring out by a variety of examples, including a comparison of the 1963 and the 2002 versions of the Baptist Faith and Message. Point in case, section VIII – the Lords Day:

1963 2000
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by refraining from worldly amusements, and resting from secular employment’s, work of necessity and mercy only being excepted. The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord’s Day should be commensurate with the Christian’s conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Now mind you, while I’m no Sabbatarian, and while the 1963 version did need some updating, I still think the 2000 version wimped out a bit. Which is odd when you consider the scripture sited for both are exactly the same:
Ex. 20:8-11;
Matt. 12:1-12;
28:1 ff.;
Mark 2:27-28;
16:1- 7;
Luke 24:1-3,
33-36;
John 4:21-24;
20:1,
19-28;
Acts 20:7;
1 Cor. 16:1-2;
Col. 2:16;
3:16;
Rev. 1:10.

If the Scriptures didn’t change, then why the major surgery Section VIII?

It’s Sunday, a time for rest, worship and study. Hopefully my notes here will give you something to chew on. Leave some comments, invite your other blog buds to c’mon over. I’d like to hear your opinions.

2 Comments

  1. The word “shabbat” (sabbath) is the Hebrew word for the seventh day. So really all the verses talking about the sabbath are referring to Saturday.

    Christians have chosen to gather on Sundays (first day of the week), since this commemorates the day that Jesus rose from the dead. But saying Sunday is the sabbath doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

    - R.

  2. I think it goes even one step further.

    “Anyway, one of the issues I need them to walk away with is that Christians once enjoyed the ability to influence the culture – usually through art, music and literature. Now, with mass-media atop that list, Christians no longer influential forces upon our culture, but are influenced BY the culture.”

    Yes, the world will always try to crush the church and make it conform to man’s ideas and culture. Now, with so many options for our “eyeballs”, Christians can and have formed their own sub-culture. Even Wal-Mart has a “Christian” CD and book section.
    Out of the blogs and websites we read, how many are Christian? It reminds me of neighborhoods in big cities, where in certain areas someone coming “off the boat” can live and function in this country without ever having to learn English.

    There are times when I wish that we could go back 30 or so years ago, when towns did close down on Sunday and allowed time for rest and family. One less day of profit in a market-driven economy is tough to hold back. Part of the new covenant is that every day should be the Lord’s day, where we worship and serve him. We are at the point where Sunday morning is a traditional time of gathering. What we do afterwards and the other six days is up to us.