There are different views among orthodox believers regarding the issue of the sabbath and its observance. No doubt, these have sought from the Scriptures to develop a right faith and practice. We, with respect to those of other opinions, also have sought from Scripture to have a right understanding of the sabbath and of as great of importance the practice of Christian corporate worship.

Acts 20:7 states,  "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." The first day of the week was and is "Sunday, the day the church gathered for worship, because it was the day of Christ's resurrection. Cf. Mat_28:1; Mar_16:2, Mar_16:9; Luk_24:1; Joh_20:1, Joh_20:19; 1Co_16:2. The writings of the early church Fathers confirm that the church continued to meet on Sunday after the close of the NT period. Scripture does not require Christians to observe the Saturday Sabbath: (1) the Sabbath was the sign of the Mosaic covenant (Exo_31:16-17; Neh_9:14; Eze_20:12), whereas Christians are under the new covenant (2 Cor. 3; Heb. 8); (2) there is no NT command to keep the Sabbath; (3) the first command to keep the Sabbath was not until the time of Moses (Exo_20:8); (4) the Jerusalem Council (ch. 15) did not order Gentile believers to keep the Sabbath; (5) Paul never cautioned Christians about breaking the Sabbath; and 6) the NT explicitly teaches that Sabbath-keeping was not a requirement ( Rom_14:5-6; Gal_4:10-11; Col_2:16-17)" (J. MacArthur). Christ is our sabbath as Colossians 2:16-17 makes clear and as such provides a much greater access to and observance of  the rest of God as we rest in His justifying work in our behalf.

We, also, continue to follow the pattern established by the New Testament church of assembling together on the first day of the week, the Lord's Day, which is both a Christian privilege and responsibility (Rev. 1:10; Heb. 10:24-25). Therefore, we have covenanted  to  assemble together regularly for the joyful purposes of corporate worship, mutual edification, and the exercise of the ordinances (Col. 3:16; Acts 2:42,46, 20:7; Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matt. 28:19; 1Cor. 11:24-26).

We have excluded particular statements regarding the sabbath from the Baptist Confession of 1689 and the Abstract of Principals because the view stated above is the conviction of most, if not all those, who found this church. However, there is latitude regarding this issue as we walk in obedience to the Scriptures which states,  "One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  (6)  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it...(7)  For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself" (Rom 14:5-7).

 

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