THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-23-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE DAYS OF WORSHIP.”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

THE PSALMIST ONCE SAID, “THE LORD KNOWS THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE WAY OF THE UNGODLY SHALL PERISH!” (PS.1) SO WHERE DO YOU STAND WITH GOD ON THIS HIS GLORIOUS DAY?

I AM GLAD YOU ARE WITH US THIS MORNING AND THANK GOD YOU HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GIVE THIS TIME TO YOUR CREATOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER TODAY AS WE SING PRAISES TO THE ALMIGHTY AND AS WE STUDY FROM HIS MATCHLESS WORD! THIS MORNING, I KNOW WE WILL ALL BE EDIFIED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. SO LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME PROFITABLE BEFORE GOD, AND FURTHERMORE MAY WE USE IT AS A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT ONE TO ANOTHER! AT THIS TIME, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER:

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU. AND FATHER WE THANK YOU FOR THE GUIDANCE THAT WE HAVE THAT SHOWS US THE DIRECTION THE PATHWAY OF RIGHT. MAY WE ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS EVERY DAY EACH DAY ACCORDING TO WHAT IS PROPER IN YOUR SIGHT AND WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED. THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE FATHER BUT WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE GREAT BLESSING OF ETERNAL LIFE SOMEDAY WHEN WE WILL LIVE WITH YOU FOREVER IN THAT WONDROUS PARADISE. FATHER WE ASK THAT YOU'LL BLESS US AND GIVE US THE STRENGTH WE NEED TO CONTINUE ON TILL WE RECEIVED THAT GREAT BLESSING THRU YOUR GRACE AND LOVE AS WELL AS YOUR MERCY. IN JESUS, NAME WE PRAY AMEN.

WELL, IT IS TIME TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH AN ENCOURAGING HYMN THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD HAS TRULY BLESSED US WITH THE MESSAGE FOUND IN HIS WONDROUS WORD. FURTHERMORE, WHAT A BLESSING IT IS TO KNOW THAT BIBLE IS FOR ALL OF MANKIND! SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

DID YOU HEAR WHAT WE JUST SANG ABOUT TOGETHER? THE FACT IS, ONE OF THE MOST ENCOURAGING THINGS ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN, IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE GOD’S COMPLETE, INERRANT, AND PERFECT WORD. IT IS WITHIN THIS BLESSING THAT WE FIND ALL TYPES OF HELP AND GUIDANCE, EVEN IN TIMES OF NEED. NO MATTER WHAT MAY COME OUR WAY, WHETHER TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, PERSECUTIONS OR PROBLEMS OF ANY SORT OUR GOD IS THERE. WHAT A GREAT BLESSING AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO KNOW THAT WE ARE NEVER ALONE WITH GOD.

JOB CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD THE LOVE AND CARE OF GOD. IN FACT IN JOB 23:10, JOB HELPS US TO KNOW SOMETHING THAT GOD WILL DO AS HE IS WITH US THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. THERE WE READ, “BUT HE KNOWS THE WAY THAT I TAKE; WHEN HE HAS TESTED ME, I SHALL COME FORTH AS GOLD.” DID YOU HEAR THE PROMISE OF OUR GOD IN THIS TEXT? GOD IS WITH US, HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH, AND BECAUSE OF HIM WE WILL COME OUT AS GOLD. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT TELLS ME? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE. BUT BETTER THAN THAT, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE GREAT AND FOR OUR BETTERMENT!

JESUS ONCE GAVE THIS SAME TYPE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO HIS DISCIPLES WHILE ON THE EARTH. CONSIDER WHAT HE SAID TO THEM AFTER THE GIVING OF THE GREAT COMMISSION IN MATTHEW 28. THERE WE READ, “…AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.” WOW, WHAT A PROMISE. THE HEBREW WRITER PUT IT THIS WAY, “FOR HE HIMSELF HAS SAID, ‘I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU,’” (HEBREWS 13:5)

NOW CONSIDER WITH ME WHAT PAUL SAID TO THE ROMAN CHRISTIANS IN ROMANS 8:28. “AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” I HOPE YOU ARE A TRUE FOLLOWER OF GOD THIS DAY, BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE IT IS WELL WORTH IT. IF YOU ARE NOT YET HIS CHILD, STUDY HIS WORD, OBEY HIS WILL AND DO WHAT HE HAS COMMANDED IN ORDER TO BE A PART OF HIS KINGDOM! WILL YOU OBEY THE SAVIOR TODAY?

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. OUR TOPIC THIS MORNING WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR….” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY IS, “THE DAYS OF WORSHIP.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD, AND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME I WILL RETURN AND LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE RETURNED TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE CERTAINLY SPECIAL DAYS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. CERTAIN DAYS OR TIMES THAT GOD HAS ESTABLISHED OR SET UP THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT TO THE FOLLOWER. NO MATTER WHAT AGE THEY HAVE BEEN CREATED IN, NO MATTER WHAT AGE THEY LIVE, AND SERVE HIM IN THERE ARE DAYS THAT HAVE GREAT MEANING.

THIS MORNING WE WANT TO LOOK AT REALLY THE DAYS OF WORSHIP. AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER IS HOW THAT GOD IN EACH AGE HAS DETERMINED SPECIAL DAYS FOR WORSHIP. NOW WE MIGHT BEGIN CERTAINLY AT CREATION ITSELF FOR WE SEE THERE WAS A DAY WITHIN THE CREATION THAT WAS SANCTIFIED AND ITS FOUND THERE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 2. BEGINNING IN VERSE 2 AS HE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE HAS COMPLETED ALL THAT WAS CREATED IN SIX DAYS, AND CERTAINLY THE LORD NOW HAS SEEN THAT ALL THAT HAS BEEN MADE IS GOOD. NOTICE WHAT VERSE 2 SAYS, “AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY GOD ENDED HIS WORK WHICH HE HAD DONE AND HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL THE WORK WHICH HE HAD DONE AND THEN GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY AND SANCTIFIED IT BECAUSE IN IT HE RESTED FROM ALL THE WORK WHICH GOD HAD CREATED AND MADE.” WHEN WE READ THIS VERSE HERE IT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE CERTAINLY ALL THE DAYS OF CREATION ARE WONDROUS AND BLESSED. BUT THERE IS A DAY THAT IS MENTIONED HERE AS ONE WHICH IS SANCTIFIED AND IS SANCTIFIED IN THE FACT WHICH SEEMS VERY LOGICAL. THAT AS GOD WORKED AND WAS IN A SENSE BUSY ABOUT THAT SIX DAYS OF THE WEEK IN CREATION, HE THEN SHOWS A DAY OF REST FROM SPECIFICALLY OUR WORK, IN THE SENSE OF CREATING, AND HE CALLS THAT DAY EVENTUALLY THE SABBATH DAY WHICH IS SANCTIFIED.

NOW WHY WOULD IT BE SANCTIFIED OR SET ASIDE, OR APART, OR MADE HOLY? BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE SIX DAYS OF ACTION AND WORK IN THIS LIFE YOU NEED REST MAYBE IN A PHYSICAL SENSE. ARE YOU TO BRING FORTH PRODUCE OR TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY? ARE YOU TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT IT IS THAT GOD HAS ALSO INSTRUCTED YOU TO HAVE SUBSTANCE OR DAILY LIVING? THEN THERE CERTAINLY IS A DAY THAT YOU NEED TO WORSHIP GOD. AND SO WHAT WAS THE SABBATH? WHY WAS THERE A NEED TO SANCTIFY A DAY WHERE REALLY THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO WORK, BUT AS YOU RESTED TO FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT ARE SPIRITUAL CONCERNING GOD? BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE SEE TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE EARLY DAYS OF THE PATRIARCHAL PERIOD. AND IT TAKES US ALL THE WAY INTO THE SPECIFIC GIVING OF THE LAW WHEN MOSES WAS WRITING AND PENNING WHAT WE OFTEN REFER TO TODAY NOT ONLY AS THE PENTATEUCH BUT IT ALSO WHICH IS PLACED WITHIN WHAT WE CALLED THE OLD COVENANT OR THE OLD TESTAMENT. WHICH LETTER GUIDED THE VERY PEOPLE OF GOD IN EXODUS 16. RIGHT AFTER WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT OF GOD'S BLESSINGS FOR ISRAEL AS THEY WERE THERE JOURNEYING AFTER THE GREAT POWER OF GOD, THAT HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN EGYPT, YOU MIGHT RECALL THERE WHAT IT WAS THAT GOD ASKED HIM TO DO NOT ONLY IN THE PASSOVER DAY AND THE PASSOVER FEAST AS WELL AS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.

BUT THEY'RE IN VERSE 23 OF EXODUS 16 NOTICE WHAT DAY IS THEN REFERRED TO, ‘THEN HE SAID TO THEM, “THIS IS WHAT THE LORD HAS SAID: ‘TOMORROW IS A SABBATH REST, A HOLY SABBATH TO THE LORD. BAKE WHAT YOU WILL BAKE TODAY, AND BOIL WHAT YOU WILL BOIL; AND LAY IT FOR YOURSELF ALL THAT REMAINS, TO BE KEPT UNTIL MORNING’” BUT WHAT WAS MOSES INSTRUCTING THEM TO DO WELL REALLY NOT TO WORK ON THE SABBATH THEREFORE THEY NEED TO MAKE PREPARATIONS THE DAY OR EVENING BEFORE TO HAVE A SUFFICIENT BREAD OR TO HAVE SUFFICIENT PREPARATIONS SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO WORK AT ALL ON THE SABBATH. WHY? BECAUSE THAT DAY WAS SANCTIFIED AND IS IT SAYS HERE IT WAS MADE HOLY, IT WAS MADE A DAY OF HOLINESS, A DAY OF COMMITMENT TO GOD.

AND NO WONDER THEN ONLY A FEW CHAPTERS OVER IN THE GIVING OF THE LAW SPECIFICALLY AT MOUNT SINAI AND WITHIN EVEN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS THAT GOD HIMSELF WROTE WITHIN THE STONE THAT MOSES BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PEOPLE, GUESS WHAT? WE FIND WITHIN THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT LOOK THERE WITH ME IF YOU WILL AT VERSE 8, “ REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY,” AND HERE IT IS AGAIN AND, “KEEP IT HOLY.” A SPECIAL HOLY DAY, A SPECIAL SPIRITUAL DAY, A SPECIAL DAY OF WORSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO GOD WHERE YOU'RE NOT FOCUSED ON THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH OR THE NEED TO ACQUIRE THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH EVEN FOR SUBSTANCE IN THOSE THINGS THAT ARE GOOD. YOU'RE NOT FOCUSED ON WORKING TO SATISFY THE FLESH BUT YOU ARE ABLE TO COMPLETELY REST ONTO HOLINESS AND UNTO PRAISE AND WORSHIP OF YOUR CREATOR. SO THAT'S WHAT HE CALLS IT THERE IN EXODUS 20 AND AS WELL VERSE 9 FOR SIX DAYS HE SAYS YOU SHALL LABOR AND DO YOUR WORK, BUT ON THE SEVENTH DAY HE SAYS THERE VERSE 10 THIS IS THE SABBATH DAY IT IS A DAY OF REST, IT IS A DAY VERSE 11 SAYS THAT IS HOLLOWED FOR IN SIX DAYS THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH BUT ON THE SEVENTH DAY HE RESTED. THEREFORE WE IN THAT AGE WERE TO REST AS THE FOLLOWERS OF THAT DAY THEY WERE TO FIND A DAY OF HOLINESS, A DAY OF SABBATH THAT THEY MIGHT GET THEMSELVES TO GOD AND FOCUS ON SPIRITUAL MATTERS. CERTAINLY THAT WOULD FAR OUTWEIGH ALL OF THE FLESHLY THINGS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO AGAIN HAVE THE DAILY SUBSTANCE THAT WE ACQUIRE IN THIS LIFE.

NOW AS THE TEMPLE EVENTUALLY WAS BUILT AND REALLY NOT ONLY THE TEMPLE WE GO BACK UP TO THE TABERNACLE. BUT AS THESE TIMES AND DAYS OF WORSHIP WERE ESTABLISHED, WE FIND THAT AFTER THE CLARIFICATION IN THE WRITING OF THIS LAW GOD'S PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE FAITHFUL WORSHIP GOD ON THE SABBATH THEY DID NOT WORK ON THAT DAY BUT RATHER RESTED ON THE SABBATH DAY AND SO THEY WORK SIX DAYS AND THEY RESTED ON THE SABBATH DAY. AND EVEN AS WE GET INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT WITHIN THE DAYS OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND WE SEE JESUS LIVING UNDER THE PERIOD OF THE OLD LAW WHEN HE WAS ALIVE ON THE EARTH WE SEE THAT EVEN HE OBSERVED THE SABBATH DAY. AGAIN SIX DAYS OF WORK DEALING WITH THE PHYSICAL THE FLESHLY THINGS THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE, BUT THEN MAKING PREPARATION SO THAT ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHICH ON OUR DAY SYSTEM AND CALENDAR WOULD BE ON SATURDAY THEY WOULD REST AND GIVE THEMSELVES TO A HOLY AND SANCTIFIED DAY. REMEMBERING THE THINGS OF GOD AND WORSHIPING HIM AS HAD BEEN COMMANDED BY GOD.

NOW WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE THEN DO UNDER THE PLAN OF JESUS, WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT? BECAUSE WE HAVE THOSE TODAY WHO STILL OBSERVE THE SABBATH. SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE CALLED SABBATARIAN THEY STILL BELIEVE THAT WE ARE UNDER THE OLD COVENANT, THE OLD LAW OF THE DAY OF REST OR THE SABBATH. WHEN REALLY WHAT WE FIND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IS NOT ONLY HAS THAT DAY CHANGED BUT WE REALLY FIND IN THE BOOKS OF JEREMIAH, AS WELL AS THROUGHOUT MANY OF THE PROPHETS, THAT THERE IS A DAY WHEN A NEW COVENANT A NEW AGREEMENT WOULD BE SET IN ORDER. NOT A COVENANT AS THE HEBREW WRITER SAID THAT WAS SEALED WITH THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS, OR BULLS, AND GOATS, OR THAT SIMPLY WAS SET ON THOSE THINGS OF MAYBE A FLESHLY NATURE BUT A COVENANT THAT WOULD BE SEALED WITH THE VERY BLOOD OF A SACRIFICED SAVIOR: GOD IN THE FLESH. NOW YOU TELL ME WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT A COVENANT THAT MOSES GAVE SEALED BY THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS OR THE COVENANT THAT JESUS SEALED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD THAT HE SHED ON THE CROSS? WELL THAT'S KIND OF A NO-BRAINER ISN’T IT? AND THAT'S WHY THE HEBREW WRITER SPENDS A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TRYING TO ESTABLISH THE FACT THAT IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WE HAVE MANY WONDROUS AND SPECIAL THINGS. WE HAVE MORE CLARIFICATION SUCH AS THERE IS A BETTER COVENANT, THERE IS A BETTER NAME, THERE IS A BETTER RELIGION, THERE IS A BETTER LAW, THERE'S A BETTER MEDIATOR, THERE'S A BETTER PROMISE, THERE'S A BETTER KING, THERE IS A BETTER PRIEST OVER ALL. WE COULD GO THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF HEBREWS BECAUSE THE WRITER THERE'S TRYING TO OBSERVE AND SAY YES WE HAD THE OLD LAW AND IT WAS A GREAT COVENANT BUT THE NEW COVENANT IS A FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD AND THEREFORE THINGS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT OVER IN A SPECIFIC WAY FROM THAT COVENANT AND SOME THINGS HAVE NOT LIKE ANIMAL SACRIFICES LIKE ALSO THE SABBATH DAY.

DO YOU NOTICE THERE IS NO MENTION AFTER THE CHURCHES ESTABLISHED THAT THEY WORSHIP ON THE SABBATH DAY? BUT THERE IS A DAY THAT THEY ARE DECLARED TO WORSHIP ON AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO CONSIDER FOR OUR FINAL FEW MINUTES TOGETHER HERE. AS WE LOOK AT THE IDEA THAT NOW THAT WE HAVE SEEN AND LEARN FROM THE TUTOR GALATIANS 3. WE NOW HAVE A NEW COVENANT, A NEW LAW, NOT THE ONE THAT WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS COLOSSIANS 2:14 BUT THE ONE THAT WAS ENACTED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. AND THAT WE SIGN WITH OUR BLOOD AND THAT JESUS SIGNED WITH HIS BLOOD AN AGREEMENT THAT WE GIVE OUR LIVES TO FULFILL. SO NOW LET'S BEGIN TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED WITHIN THE LIFE OF JESUS WE CAN BACK UP AND WE CAN BEGIN TO SEE THAT EVEN WITHIN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS THAT CERTAINLY HE DID DIE AND WE KNOW AS CHRISTIANS THAT WE WOULD DIE IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1 BEGINNING. WE HAVE WELL CLARIFIED FOR US THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL AND THE FACT THAT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST NOT ONLY CAME TO THIS EARTH BUT HE LIVED. AND HE DIED. AND WAS BURIED. AND HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DA.Y THIS IS THAT MESSAGE THAT WE NOW LOOK TO FIND GREAT HOPE AND SALVATION. BUT I WANT YOU NOTICE SOMETHING WITH ME AS A NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN A FOLLOWER OF JESUS NOT MOSES AND BY THE WAY THE HEBREW WRITER SAID THERE IN HEBREWS 3 AND ALSO IN CHAPTER 4 SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT JESUS COMPARED TO OTHERS AND HE SAID MOSES WAS IN THE HOUSE AND HE WAS A SERVANT IN THE HOUSE AND JESUS WAS THE BUILDER. I'M GOING TO FOLLOW THE ONE WHO BUILT THE HOUSE NOT THE ONE WHO SERVED IN THE HOUSE OF THE ONE WHO BUILT THE HOUSE.

BUT IF YOU'LL NOTICE HERE AS WE LOOK IN FOR INSTANCE MARK 16 AFTER JESUS HAD DIED AND WAS BURIED. WHEN FINALLY HE ROSE AGAIN NOTICE SOMETHING WITH ME THAT IS SIGNIFICANT THERE IN CHAPTER 16 OF MARK WE CAN SEE THIS IN SEVERAL OF THE PARALLEL GOSPELS, “NOW WHEN THE SABBATH WAS PAST,” THE SABBATH WAS ALREADY GONE AND, “MARY MAGDALENE AND MARY THE MOTHER JAMES, AND SALOME BOUGHT SPICES, THAT THEY MIGHT COME AND ANOINT HIM.,” THE BODY OF JESUS. “VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING, ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, THEY CAME TO THE TOMB WHEN THE SUN HAD RISEN.” AND THE TOMB WAS EMPTY LATER IN THE SAME TEXT VERSE 9 IT SAYS, “NOW WHEN HE ROSE EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK,” WHAT WAS HAPPENING THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK WHEN JESUS RAISED FROM THE DEAD? THE VERY IDEA THAT THE PAUL CLARIFIES I REALLY HAVE NO BOASTING EXCEPT IN THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD, AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT HE ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY THE RESURRECTION. WHAT DO WE HAVE WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD AS WELL AS THE RESURRECTION BECAUSE IT'S THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THAT FORGIVES US OF OUR SINS. BUT THE RESURRECTION IS THAT WHICH SHOWS HIS POWER OVER DEATH AND THAT GIVES US HOPE SOMEDAY TO KNOW THAT WE WILL BE RESURRECTED AS WELL. WE WILL NOT DIE COMPLETELY MAYBE IN THE FLESH AND OF THE FLESH BUT OUR SPIRITS AND SOULS WILL LIVE FOREVER AND AS JESUS ROSE FROM THE GRAVE WE WILL SOMEDAY RISE AS WELL.

NO WONDER THAT WE SEE AS MANY EVEN BELIEVE THAT PENTECOST WAS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK AND AS THEY BEGAN TO WORSHIP THEIR GOD AND HE BEGAN TO PRACTICE THOSE THINGS WE FIND THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. GUESS WHAT? NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS WERE ASSEMBLING ON A REGULAR BASIS AT A SPECIFIED TIME. IT WAS NOT ON SATURDAY IT WAS ON SUNDAY THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. AND TO SHOW THAT TO YOU I WANT YOU TO TURN TO SEVERAL EXAMPLES THAT WE HAVE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. WE WANT TO LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES AFTER THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED WHERE IT NEVER SAYS THAT THEY ASSEMBLED AND WORSHIP GOD ON SATURDAY. NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS HERE AND FOR INSTANCE ACTS CHAPTER 20 PAUL HAD BEEN TRAVELING IN THERE. IN CHAPTER 20:7 AFTER HE IS BEEN TRAVELING IT TELLS US THERE THAT HE GOES AND HE WAITS IN TROAS AS IN VERSE 5 BUT IN VERSE 6 IT SAYS, “BUT WE SAILED AWAY FROM PHILIPPI AFTER THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, AND IN FIVE DAYS JOINED THEM AT TROAS, WHERE WE STAYED SEVEN DAYS.” WHY DID THEY STAY THERE THAT PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE VERSE 7 SAYS IN ACTS CHAPTER 20, “NOW ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, WHEN THE DISCIPLES CAME TOGETHER TO BREAK BREAD, PAUL, READY TO DEPART THE NEXT DAY, SPOKE AND CONTINUED HIS MESSAGE UNTIL MIDNIGHT.” TO THEM THE SAME KIND OF IDEA. WHAT TOOK PLACE WHEN THEY WORSHIPED GOD? PETER PREACHED. WHAT OTHER THINGS TOOK PLACE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK? YOU SEE WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS FOLLOWING THE PATTERN OF THE APOSTLES, THE APOSTOLATE, THE APOSTOLATE PATTERN ON THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE AS IN ACT 2:42. AND THE APOSTLES WERE ASSEMBLING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK WHICH IS THE LORD'S DAY, THE DAY OF HIS RESURRECTION, NOT THE DAY OF MOSES OR THE DAY OF THE OLD LAW,

CERTAINLY WE SEE HERE THE PATTERN NOT ONLY OF GOD'S DAY AND THE LORD'S DAY THROUGH COMMANDMENT BUT BY THE PATTERN THROUGH THE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH. IT IS NOT JUST THERE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES WE CAN CONSIDER THIS THOUGHT. BUT ANOTHER ONE THAT I THINK IS VERY GOOD IS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE INSTRUCTION THAT PAUL GAVE TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH. THEIR IN 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 16 BECAUSE THERE IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 16:1 HE SAYS, “NOW CONCERNING THE COLLECTION FOR THE SAINTS, AS I HAVE GIVEN ORDERS TO THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA, SO YOU MUST DO ALSO.” AND THEN IN VERSE 2 HE SAYS, “ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK LET EACH ONE OF YOU LAY SOMETHING ASIDE, STORING UP AS HE MAY PROSPER, THAT THERE BE NO COLELCTIONS WHEN I COME.” WHAT WAS PAUL SAYING WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK? WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE ACTS 20:7 TO BREAK BREAD WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE TO WORSHIP GOD. WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE YOU NEED TO DO THE FIVE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WOULD INCLUDE PRAYER, AND SINGING, AND PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL, AS WELL AS THE ABILITY FOR US TO GIVE AS WE HAVE PROSPERED AND TO ACCOMPLISH ALL OF HIS WILL LIKE THE LORDS SUPPER. IT WAS THE LORD'S DAY THE IS LORD’S TODAY AND ON. HOW PRECIOUS IT IS TO KNOW THAT WE CAN ASSEMBLE TO PREACH ABOUT JESUS AND TO WORSHIP GOD ON THE DAY THAT HE AROSE. WILL YOU NOT GIVE GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE GLORY, THE CREDIT, AND WORSHIP HIM ON THE LORD'S DAY? WHAT A SPECIAL DAY, A DAY THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE TO HIM WHAT HE IS DUE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO US ALL. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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