Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday

What do you do on a Sunday when you do not go to a church building, we are not going anywhere at present and its unusual not to be getting ready to go meet some friends. Oh well, guess a bit of garden work and then the Ryder Cup seems to be the order of the day.

5 comments:

PeterinScotland said...

Read the Bible, read Christian books, pray, have some kind of worship together as a family? Whatever one may think of any particular person's reasons for not assembling together, it is a fact that both my family and Rachel's spent long years not going to church during our respective growing-up, and I don't think either of your suggested activities would have occurred to us as right use of the Lord's Day. So far as I know such ideas only came into British evangelicalism in the 20th century. Previously the fact that the Sabbath was a creation ordinance was taken as read, and that Isaiah 58 still stood even though we meet on a different day and are not surrounded by the same level of regulation. English evangelicals probably didn't take this quite so strictly as Scottish Highland ones, but I think they would have been almost universally horrified by the attitudes of today's Christians.

Shieldsy said...

Hope you enjoyed your 'day off' Dave. I know we both read SCP and - as a friend - I'd really caution you about going down the road of abandoning regular, habitual meeting together. It's seems really appealing ... I consider it enough myself! But you have to bend scripture quite a lot to think that the Lord doesn't want us to have a regular time of meeting together. Like He said ... it's for our benefit not His!

Dave said...

Sorry guys, maybe that post came over different than I meant, it is just that we no longer meet in Strathpeffer as none of us live there (and other reasons) seems pointless going to a church where you don't live. Also there is nowhere I would want to go right now. We still meet regular, just at present not on a Sunday, also I am preaching away for the next three weeks, but rest assured that something else is just around the corner.
Peter I think we possibly do not hold the same doctrinal position on the Lords day. I think Isa 58 is a whole of life response for redeemed mankind, and in fact the 'british evangelicalism' may have done more harm than good in turning people in 'sunday' christians.

Meg said...

Can I just ask about Saturday versus Sunday Sabbath observance?

If we attend a service on Saturday mornings where the Gospel has been eloquently preached, the Lord's Supper has been celebrated and Jesus Christ has been exalted, have we observed a Sabbath? ("Freedom in Christ" and all that...?) I frankly don't know & would welcome insight, pros and cons.

Thank you.

meg

Dave said...

Meg,

I think that because Jesus came preaching a message of freedom and grace, then whatever binds us up is contrary to the law of freedom in Christ.
Therefore if someone says for instance that New Testament giving is 10% then it is law not grace.

Likewise concerning ourselves with special days etc is not as important as true sabbath keeping.

I have said this many many times, and people just seem to want to argue over which day it is, but if you keep and live what we are called to in Isa 58 then we have observed the Sabbath, it really is that simple.

Once we know that we can lay aside the countless hours and books and meetings we have to argue over which day is which and get on with the purpose we have been called to - destroying the works of the evil one!

You are free sister, just observe the gospel of Isaiah 58.

 

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