Do Sunday’s really matter, or is it just another day of the week?
Why do we go to church? Why do we make so much effort week after week? Why not just read the Bible in Starbuck’s by myself or take a prayer hike through the woods? Why all the fuss for some singing, some words from the pulpit, and a quick conversation with a friend?
Because Sunday is a sacred day. Here’s why…
We Proclaim the Power of the Gospel
Those who don’t know Jesus Christ live out their lives in a sinful bubble, hating and being hated (Titus 3:3). The world is ruled by cliques, divisions, racism, arrogance, and selfishness. But through the gospel, God is creating a new people for himself, a people bought with blood and united by the Holy Spirit.
When we gather on Sunday we are saying to the world, “Look what God is doing!” When Whites, African-Americans, Asians, bankers, construction workers, salesmen, homemakers, and nurses come together to worship, we are demonstrating the reconciling power of the gospel to a watching world.
We Proclaim the Death of Christ
In 1 Corinthians 11:26, Paul writes to the church:
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lordís death until he comes.
To proclaim something implies that we are proclaiming to someone else. When we eat the bread and drink the juice/wine, we’re proclaiming to each other that Jesus Christ has shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins. We’re also saying to the world that the blood of Christ can wash away all their sins and bring them into covenant with God.
We can’t proclaim in the privacy of our living rooms. We take communion together, we remember together, we proclaim together. That’s why Sundays matter.
TO BE CONTINUED…