In the Old Testament the people of Israel were to worship God, and rest on the seventh day of the week. It is called the sabbath day. It was on the seventh day that God ceased in His work of creating.
As Baptists we do not see the First day of the week as the sabbath, but as the day of remembering the resurrection of our Lord. It is the beginning of a new week. It represents a New Life, and particularly New Life in Jesus Christ. We are living resurrected lives, no longer condemned under the law lives.
The following is our Statement of Faith:
“VIII. The Lord’s Day
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.
Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.”
Though this day is not the sabbath day of the Old Testament, nor one of the other sabbath days the Israelites were required to honor, we must still respect a day of rest.
The Lord’s Day has always been a day of rest in my family. We have attended worship services on Sunday morning and evening. It is a wonderful day for remembering the wonder of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is surely a sign of our departure from the Lord, that everything in the business world is doing business on this day. One day there will be the Day of the Lord where there will be judgment and that day will not be pleasant.