Sabbath, Sunday, Lord’s Day

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The 2x2s hold their worship meetings on the first day of the week, (Sunday) the day of Jesus’ resurrection; not on the Sabbath or Saturday. They believe observance of the Old Testament Sabbath laws ended at Calvary. Sunday, as was the Sabbath in the Old Testament, is a day of rest for 2x2s and it is encouraged that no work be performed. Workers instruct: Don’t make Sunday a fun day.

Isaiah 58:13-14: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: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;

The true followers of Jesus have always met together on the first day of the week. John 20:19 speaks of the first meeting the risen Saviour had with His disciples; vs 26, after 8 days, etc. This again was a Sunday and the day of Pentecost. The Sunday, the day of our risen Lord and the Founding of the New Testament Church, which is His body.(source*)

There is no connection between the old Sabbath and the first day of the week. There is a connection between the old Passover (Ex 12) and breaking of bread. (John Porterfield, Lewiston, ID, April 10, 1955)

“The church met to worship and break bread on the 1st day of the week…the first day of the week is the witness to the church of the resurrection of Christ and Christians, of redemption achieved and the memorial of the beginning of a new creation of God” Acts 20:7

Worker Quote: One of the things that had to be rearranged in my life was the way I spend Sunday. I would like to help God’s children to see how they could spend the Lord’s day in the way that would please Him and that would be most profitable both to themselves and to others, spiritually speaking. We must not associate the Lord’s Day with sport or running around seeking our own pleasure. This is sound advice. We have been very grieved to see and know some of God’s people, after having met in fellowship Sunday morning, when they knelt together, sang, gave testimony, bowed their heads and gave thanks for the bread, and partook of something as sacred as the emblem that represents the broken body of Jesus and the wine that symbolized His life’s blood poured out, and then, after that, go home and just forget that the rest of the day belongs to God too. Away to some place of pleasure, to some resort where there is a worldly throng(Stanley Watchorn, Sunday a.m. Mtg.).