Why I go to church on a Saturday

BibleTo many, my Saturday church attendance appears to be out of step with the Sunday Christian tradition. They wonder how I can be so confused as to go on the “wrong day.” So, exactly why do I, and millions like me, choose Saturday over Sunday? Consider these three reasons that may surprise you.

Reason One – God’s Word
I go to church on Saturday because it is biblical and Sunday church attendance is not. While God welcomes worship every day of the week, He set aside the seventh day as a special day of rest. This day is called the Sabbath and corresponds with Saturday. It was given to humankind at creation, about 2,000 years before the Jewish people existed (Genesis 2:1-3). Jesus said the “Sabbath was made for man”—not just for Jews (Mark 2:27).
At creation, God performed three deliberate acts to make the seventh day uniquely different from the other six—he rested, blessed and sanctified the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2, 3). This is extremely significant.
First, we need rest from labor and time to reflect. God wired us this way. This is why He drew us aside that very first seventh day of creation for special time with Him. Second, God packed a spiritual blessing into the seventh day that He didn’t put into the other six. Lastly, God drew a boundary around this 24-hour period and designated it as a day to be wholly dedicated to pursuing a relationship with Him.

If one takes every verse in the Bible on the Sabbath they discover some amazing things: all the Old Testament people of God enjoyed its blessing—remember, that until Abraham they were not Jewish (Genesis 11:26), Jesus honored the Sabbath by keeping it every week (Luke 4:16), the disciples kept it (Acts 18:4, 11; 16:13), and it will be kept in heaven and the new earth (Isaiah 66:22, 23). The Bible presents an unbroken cycle of Sabbath observance from man’s creation to the earth made new.

So why do most Christian churches worship on Sunday? The answer—tradition. You see, the Bible never records God changing the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first. The only change of God’s law mentioned in Scripture is attempted by a clever inside attack on the church (See Daniel 7:25).
This change came in long after the disciples died. By the third and fourth centuries, history records some Christians kept the pagan worship day of Sunday in Rome and other places where the church was compromising to escape persecution. As the church at Rome grew in political power and developed into the Roman Catholic Church, it officially sanctioned Sunday keeping instead of the Sabbath. Today, it points to this fact of history as proof that its authority and tradition is superior to the plain teaching of Scripture.*

Reason Two – Love
Sabbath keeping is not legalism. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Since the Sabbath is the Bible day for weekly worship, is the fourth commandment, has never been changed by God—only by man, and since Jesus kept it Himself, I observe the Sabbath out of love for Him.
There are many reasons why I love and obey Jesus. Two primary ones are that He is my creator and redeemer (John 1:1-3; Titus 2:14). Jesus created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. The Sabbath is God’s official memorial or “sign between” Him and His people that He is our Creator (Exodus 31:17). And just prior to Jesus’ return, a message from God calls everyone to “worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6, 7). Every time I “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” I honor my Creator as the one who holds my life in His hand (Exodus 20:8-11).

Not only did Jesus create humans, He also redeems us from sin. The Sabbath is a special sign of this salvation—“a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them” (Ezekiel 20:12). Refraining once a week from secular employment to support ourselves reminds us that we can’t work to earn our eternal salvation—it is a gift of God and we are wholly dependent upon Him (Hebrews 4:4-10). For if I can’t trust God to care for my earthly livelihood one day a week, how can I truly say that I trust Him for my eternal life?
Every Sabbath reminds me of the love Jesus has given us through creation and redemption. Just as anniversaries are memorials designed to refresh our love for those closest to us, so the seventh day Sabbath reminds us of God’s love and our utter dependence on Him for life in this world and the next.

Reason Three – Experience
The third reason I keep the Sabbath is because I’ve responded to Jesus’ invitation to try it and see if His Word is true. God often invites us to test Him. One such occasion is in Malachi 3 where He challenges us to give Him one-tenth of our income. To those who accept, He promises to pour out a blessing.
The Sabbath also contains a challenge. God invites us to give Him one-seventh of our time. If we do, He promises to bless us. “If you…call the Sabbath a delight…then shall you delight yourself in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13, 14). I experience this Sabbath blessing every week.

Resting on the Sabbath restores me physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. It de-stresses me from the burdens of life. I enjoy uninterrupted time with family and friends that keeps our relationships alive. Worshiping with fellow believers energizes me. I gain insight and inspiration from Bible study and sermons on the Sabbath.

The Sabbath gives me a reason to stop all earthly pursuits every week. Since it is God’s command, it leaves no room to compromise for a pressing project at work, or any other thing that might come up. This protects the Sabbath rest from simply becoming a good intention that I will get to one day. It is God’s command— no questions asked—so I happily do it and leave everything else to the other six days as God says.
I found Jesus’ words to be true—He made the Sabbath for man (Mark 2:28). That is, the Sabbath is not something that God does to us, but is something wonderful He does for us. In this busy age in which we live, I treasure all of the positive blessings that I get to experience because God has kindly given us the Sabbath. I understand that my going to church on Saturday may appear strange. But now you know that I do it because I am committed to following the Bible, I love Jesus as my creator and savior, and I have discovered God’s Sabbath blessing. You can also enjoy this wonderful experience.

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3 Responses to Why I go to church on a Saturday

  1. wiredog says:

    I have seen the tract put out by the Michigan Seventh-Day Adventist Conference that puts forth this argument. I might suggest to your readers or anyone who might read that tract the fact Christians don’t care what day anyone worships because Apostle Paul clearly said in Romans 14:1-15:1 the day is not of import and drives that point home in Cols 2:13-17. What is of importance is whom we worship as Lord. I know in Seventh-Day Adventism Saturday worship is considered the Seal of God despite lack of any Biblical support of that teaching. http://wp.me/p4vMb0-44

    • Deafinition says:

      First, Acknowledge that God does not lie. He does not contradict Himself. He does not say one thing and then do another. The Bible says, “ For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 “God is not a man, that he should lie;
      neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 When we look at doctrine like the Sabbath, state of the dead, hell, Second coming etc most of the scriptures line up on the side of truth but there are a few texts that seem to contradict the majority of texts. We need to look at the big picture and look at the majority of texts. We need to look at the few texts that seem to contradict the majority of texts and look at those verses in context and then it will line up on the side of truth and support the majority of texts. There are 4-5 texts that seem to contradict the majority of texts that line up on the side of truth which is that the seventh Day is the Sabbath that was part of the 10 commandments that was etched in stone by the finger of God and is not changeable. The 10 commandments are part of His character (See Exodus 24:1-7).
      Ok, let us look at Romans 14:1-18
      If we look at these verses in context it is talking about eating food (verses 1-3, 6, 14-17). I believe in looking at the consistency of these verses that Paul is talking about Fast days when He is saying the phrase Esteeming or regarding a day. Verse 2 says, “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.” Here a person that is weak (Greek word meaning sick) in health eateth herbs (Greek work meaning vegetables). Paul here is talking about those that are sick may have to go on a vegetable fast. I believe Paul is saying one man who is sick may think that Monday, Wednesday, or Friday are the days to eat vegetables only or maybe even juice fast, or eat nothing but drink water. Some other person may think that the weekend is the time to fast. We cannot urge a person to fast on particular days. This is up to the individual person and is not a salvation issue. Isaiah 58 says, “Cry aloud, spare not,
      lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
      and shew my people their transgression,
      and the house of Jacob their sins.
      2 Yet they seek me daily,
      and delight to know my ways,
      as a nation that did righteousness,
      and forsook not the ordinance of their God:
      they ask of me the ordinances of justice;
      they take delight in approaching to God.
      3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?
      wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
      Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure,
      and exact all your labours.
      4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate,
      and to smite with the fist of wickedness:
      ye shall not fast as ye do this day,
      to make your voice to be heard on high.
      5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen?
      a day for a man to afflict his soul?
      is it to bow down his head as a bulrush,
      and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
      wilt thou call this a fast,
      and an acceptable day to the LORD?
      6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
      to loose the bands of wickedness,
      to undo the heavy burdens,
      and to let the oppressed go free,
      and that ye break every yoke?
      7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
      and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
      when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
      and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
      8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
      and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
      and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
      the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
      9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer;
      thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
      If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke,
      the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
      10 and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
      and satisfy the afflicted soul;
      then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
      and thy darkness be as the noonday:
      11 and the LORD shall guide thee continually,
      and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones:
      and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
      and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
      12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places:
      thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
      and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach,
      The restorer of paths to dwell in.
      13 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:
      14 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.”
      Interesting text in Matthew 9:14,15 which says, “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.”
      There is no direct Bible verse that says to worship on Sunday. There are three other verses that are used to prove that the day was changed from 7th day of the week to the first day of the week in honor of the resurrection. The first verse is Acts 20:7. The Bible says, “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” This verse says nothing about that the day was changed from 7th day to the first day. Actually, looking at these verses in context, Paul was long winded in his preaching and this was his last meeting with the brethren and he would not see them again. He was preaching on a Saturday night since a Biblical day starts at sundown (see Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, and 31) and not Sunday. Man changed the time the day starts from evening to midnight. Paul continued his message till midnight. This was a Saturday night meeting and not a Sunday meeting. 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2 says,” 1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” Here was a collection of offerings taken on the first day of the week. Paul says, “Let every one of you lay by him in store”. He is not talking about a general collection of tithes and offerings collected at a church service but that the individuals should put together collections that when he that is Paul comes that he would pick them up. Again, there is no direct comment that God has changed the Sabbath from the 7th day to the first day. This is like putting items on the front porch so that when the goodwill truck comes by they can gather it up in the truck. Last verse is John 20:19. The Bible says, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” Jesus had just died and the disciples had their doors locked in fear of the Jews. Jesus came into them to visit. The reason why the disciples met together was not a worship service but out of fear. Jesus had resurrected from the dead and came to pay a visit to them. Again, this is not a direct command to worship on Sunday.
      Sabbath goes back to creation. It is a memorial of God’s creation and honoring the Sabbath recognizes God as our creator and shows are loyalty to Him. Honoring the Sabbath separates God from other gods. The Bible says, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:2, 3. It says here that God finished creation and rested on the Seventh day and sanctified or set it apart making the day holy. God worked six days and then rested on the seventh day. Man was created on the sixth day and his and her first day of life was a day of rest. In early times, there were no Bibles. Gods will was passed on by word of mouth. The law was passed on by word of mouth. How do we know that? The word sin appears ten times before the law was given to the children of Israel on Mount Sinai. The definition of sin is transgression of the law (see 1 John 3:4). Let us look at the fourth commandment in Exodus 20:8-11. The Bible says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Notice here that it again says that the seventh day is the Sabbath and not the first day of the week. We are to work six days and rest on the seventh day. If you were to look at your calendar the seventh day of the week falls on Saturday and not Sunday. Isaiah 56:4-7 says that it was God’s plan that all people worship on the Sabbath day (The Seventh day). It was not only for the Jews but for the Eunuchs and for the foreigner, which was a Gentile (That is us). The Bible says, “4 For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5 Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them[a] an everlasting name That shall not be cut off. 6 “ Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant— 7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” God says here that His house of worship is for everybody. The worshipping on the Sabbath was not meant only for the Jew but for everybody. We will be honoring the Sabbath in heaven for ever. The Bible says, ““For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 66:22, 23.
      Jesus habit was to worship on Sabbath each week. The Bible says, “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom (habit) was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.” Luke 4:16. Jesus said to His disciples that He is “LORD of the Sabbath. “Mark 2:27, 28. The Sabbath was not mentioned much in the New Testament because the Jews kept the Sabbath. What was mentioned is that the Jews went overboard in Sabbath observance and it was meant to be a day of joy. Look at the sequence of events and the days that they occurred on in these verses regarding Jesus crucifixion. “Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting[o] for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
      55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.” Luke 23:50-56; 24:1, 2. Notice here that the preparation day when Jesus was tried in the judgment hall was Friday. Jesus died just before sundown on Friday and was in the tomb and rested on the Sabbath. He rose on the first day, which was Sunday. I think that it is significant that He rested in the tomb on the Sabbath the Seventh day not the first or the fifth day but the seventh day. The early church after Jesus died kept Sabbath. The Bible says, “2And Paul, as his manner was went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” Acts 17:2 Paul’s habit was to worship from Sabbath to Sabbath. Hope this gives a little information to do further study. The Sabbath will be the final test for Gods people in these last days. The Sabbath is in honor of our creator God and the Mark of the Beast is the false Sabbath that was changed without any scriptural authority from God.

      • wiredog says:

        So much twisting of Scripture there that is makes the Bible look like scrabble.

        First off one must look at whom the Sabbath was commanded of. The Bible clearly shows the Sabbath was commanded of the Jews (Ex 20:1-2; Ex 31:17; Deut 5:15; Ezekiel 20:10-12). The Sabbath first appears in Exodus 16, not at creation. When it was first mentioned it is clear by the behavior of the Jews there were unfamiliar with it. Also a simple examination of the original Hebrew text shows no one was commanded to observe the Sabbath until the Exodus. Noah, Jacob, Joseph, Abraham none of the patriarchs although other commands dealing with worship such as to build altars & circumcise were already known and practiced. Additionally the Hebrew word for the Sabbath first appears in Exodus, not in Genesis or the Creation account.

        Secondly if one believes God does not lie then in Hosea 2:11 God says He will end the Sabbath Himself. “I will also put an end to all her gaiety, Her feasts (ANNUAL), her new moons (MONTHLY), her sabbaths (WEEKLY) And all her festal assemblies.” So here Seventh-Day Adventism will be at a loss to claim the Sabbath will continue.

        There are some Forty-Seven (47) so called “proof-texts” which Seventh-Day Adventism tries to employ in defense of her doctrines to keep worship Saturday. Unfortunately, they are filled with eisegesis of its Prophetess (who has been shown to be false), mis-application or outright twisting. An excellent resource that compares the Seventh-Day Adventist use of these texts and the Christian exposition and exegesis can be found here at (http://adventistrescuemission.com/?p=432). Almost all of the texts employed in be the comment above can be found and Seventh-Day Adventism’s teaching on them debunked.

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