“The Day of the Lord” and the “Lord’s Day”: Or, What Happens on Sundays?

“This is the day that the Lord has made, / I will rejoice and be glad in it.” These words of Psalm 118:24 often echoed through my rural church just after the hand-shaking time of fellowship just before the sermon, calling us all back into order from the lulliloo of brotherly love. But amidst theContinue reading ““The Day of the Lord” and the “Lord’s Day”: Or, What Happens on Sundays?”

Why Do Christians Worship on Sundays?

It’s not a matter of Bible trivia or historical oddities. It’s a matter of redemption. The conundrum can be stated simply. God commanded Israel to “remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8). This meant the seventh day of the week—Saturday. But Christians worship on Sunday, the first day of the week. Why do Christians do this? Are we disobeying the fourth commandment?

Why Do We Pray So Much During Covenant Renewal Worship?

Introduction The biblical commands to pray are many (Mt. 5:44, 6: 5-9; Luke 22:40; Col. 4:3; 1 Thess. 5:17, 25; 2 Thess. 3:1; Heb. 13:18; James 5:13-18; Jude 20). The examples of prayer in Scripture are also many. In 1 Kings 8:23 – 53, Solomon prayed for the dedication of the Temple as a houseContinue reading “Why Do We Pray So Much During Covenant Renewal Worship?”

Covenant Renewal Worship and The Lord’s Supper

Introduction The Lord’s Supper belongs at every Lord’s Day service because in Christianity the gospel is a way of life. By eating the bread and drinking the wine, God’s people dine upon the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice. In this way, the Lord’s Supper brings together objectivity and subjectivity for God’s people. Through union with Christ,Continue reading “Covenant Renewal Worship and The Lord’s Supper”

Why Confess Sin Every Sunday?

In a recent article we explained the what and why behind the exhortation during the worship service. The exhortation precedes the confession of sin. The confession is in response to the exhortation. The congregation kneels during confession. After the minister leads the congregation in corporate prayer, there is a time for private confession, after whichContinue reading “Why Confess Sin Every Sunday?”