Summary: Why does the Christian church meet on Sunday? There are compelling reasons.
What’s In a Day?
March 5, 2005
We are in a very exciting time for our little church, here in Cornwall. We are in our final month as renters, and we are about to do something very new for our church and for most of our denomination, in fact- move into our own building. The next few months are very important for us. They are months when we, because of Jesus’ guiding us to such, need to be clarifying who we are, what we’re for, and how we’re going to go about doing the work of the church, with Jesus as the head, here in Cornwall. Remember, that I am not the head, and no one in the congregation is the head- Jesus is the head of our church, and we’re all along as brothers and sisters, wanting to assist in His work.
What is the church for? What is the grand over-arching responsibility or opportunity of the church? Jesus told us, prior to his departure to heaven, that the church is to go and make disciples of all people and to help people into relationship with Him.
Please turn to Lk.14.15-24- here we have an exciting story, given by Jesus, to illustrate the process of helping people to the God family. This story, without question, is allegorical of the process that God has been involved in for centuries. Let’s read it together.
The mission of the church is to reach out to people where they are, in the places they are in, the attitudes they are in, and the frame of mind and understanding that they are in. The apostle Paul was particularly good at this- with one outstanding example being how he reached to the very minds of people:
Acts 17.22-32- in another place, he declared that he would reach, in whatever way would help, to each individual and group he encountered- 1 Cor.9.19-23.
In addition, based on what Jesus tells us, through his story and what Paul tells us, we’re not to make it more difficult than it already is for individuals to come to Christ. We understand that God is powerfully at work- Jn.6.44- no one will cross the line to faith unless God is involved, but we must not add to what is necessary, or seems to be necessary, to cross the line- Ro.10.8- the word is near, v.9-13. We must not add extras or make the process more difficult. In fact, Jesus indicated, in telling the servant to go out and compel people to come, that they were not given time to ‘clean up’, or anything like that- nothing was given but the invitation.
Today, we need to look at one area in whish we can be guilty of adding something that makes it more difficult for God to bring people that we touch, to Himself. This is one area that is difficult for us to even consider, but which can be a great impediment to our coming alongside Jesus in His work in Cornwall. This has to do with the simple matter of the day we meet for church. (I want to ask each of you to take a deep breath, listen, and follow the scriptures and ideas that we need to consider together today.) There are some things we need to understand, on this subject, so that we, together, can make the decision that will enable us to be as greatly effective as possible here.