We live in a culture where Sundays are the usual day in which people attend their local congregations to worship. In other cultures other days are prominent. For instance, in the Middle East Muslims worship on Fridays, so Christians follow suit because it is the best and easiest day to gather. Even in America, churches meet on all days of the week for their primary worship services. “When to worship?” was also brought up in the early church during the days of the Apostle Paul. Some felt Saturdays (the Sabbath) was best to meet, while others wanted Sundays (the resurrection day). To clear this up, the Apostle Paul wrote in Col 2:16,
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
In this passage he is basically saying that what matters is not the days or traditions, but the substance of dedication to Christ. Paul also wrote to the Romans and taught in Rom 14:5-9,
“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
Again, this shows that what matters is that we worship Christ with other believers – whichever day we feel we should, remembering that every day is the same in the eyes of the Lord. It was the religious legalist spirit of Paul’s day that prescribed one day more important than any other day to worship in the synagogue. We feel scripture teaches that any day is appropriate to worship the Lord in congregation. Our position, for our Saturday evening services is that we see LC2:42’s Saturday gatherings as our weekly worship service – just as if it were in a permanent church building. Does it seem different? Yes, because we are currently meeting in a home. Churches meet in homes across the world and in the United States there is a growing “house church” movement that is drawing to Christ many who would not normally attend a traditional church service. In fact, some of the greatest movements of God in our world today are happening in house churches. This begs the question, “how long will LC2:42 meet in homes?” We cannot answer that completely because the Lord has not given us every detail of how this will look in the future. We are seeking God’s guidance for future times and locations of our gatherings. As we grow together in Christ and wait on God to provide a permanent location, our “house church” worship services will be constructed with the same focus as any other service found inside permanent church buildings.
In Christ’s Love, Pastor Bill