Summary: Faithful Christians must make a commitment to the Lord’s Day. I used this as a New Year’s sermon.
A. Let’s begin this morning with a few quotes for the New Year.
1. “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other,” Author Unknown. Certainly pessimistic, but often true.
2. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man,” Benjamin Franklin
3. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right,” Oprah Winfrey
4. “One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things,” John Burroughs. (Burroughs was an American naturalist and writer who died in 1921)
5. “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective”, G.K. Chesterton (A prolific English writer who died in 1935).
6. So, that’s my prayer for you and for me in the new year – that we might be better men and women; that we might have a new soul, a new heart, and new backbone.
B. As we begin this new year, I want to challenge us to make a renewed commitment to the priority of the Lord’s Day.
1. Please don’t misunderstand me, I know that we are to serve the Lord every day of the week.
2. God doesn’t want just Sunday Christians; he wants daily Christians.
3. And yet Sunday, the Lord’s Day, should have a special place on our weekly calendar.
C. There are sad and harmful trends taking place in our world today.
1. The Lord’s Day is truly under attack from secular culture, and that should come as no surprise to us, as our culture becomes less and less Christian.
2. But what is really shocking is that the attacks are working.
3. There is a growing indifference among Christians about the priority of the Lord’s Day.
4. Fewer Christians are being consistent in worship attendance.
5. Fewer Christians are committed to participating in Sunday School.
6. And then, even for those who do participate in Worship or Sunday School, you can forget about their participation in any other Christian activity on Sunday. Once the service has ended so has their participation and motivation.
D. So, Let’s spend a few minutes this morning considering the priority of the Lord’s Day, and how we might be more faithful in serving our Lord in the year 2007.
I. The Priority of the Lord’s Day
A. In Revelation 1:10, the Apostle John says, “On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit.”
1. The identification of “the Lord’s Day” should not be confused with the phrase “the day of the Lord” which is found often in Scripture.
2. The day of the Lord is a technical expression pointing to a day of the Lord’s coming in judgment.
3. The “Lord’s Day” is the scriptural name for the day which is commonly called Sunday, or the first day of the week.
B. The respected church historian Philip Schaff, in volume one of his eight-volume series, History of the Christian Church, affirmed that the Lord’s Day is connected to “facts which lie at the foundation” of the church.