Saturday, January 17, 2015

Are Christians Suppose to Keep the Sabbath?

On March 24, 2013, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church started a series on the Christian Sabbath.  His first sermon was titled "Are Christians Suppose to Keep the Sabbath?"  In this sermon he listed 5 arguments for keeping the Christian Sabbath or the Lord's Day:
  1. The Sabbath is a Creation ordinance (Gen. 2).
  2. The Sabbath is commanded and observed before the giving of the Ten Commandments (Gen. 16).
  3. The Sabbath is part of the Moral Law (or Ten Commandments) which is binding on all men in all ages (Exod. 20:8-11, Rom. 3:19).
  4. Even in the Old Testament, the Sabbath is presented, not in the context of law, but in the context of God's salvation, righteousness, and joy (Isa. 56:1-8, 58:12-14).
  5. The purpose of the Sabbath is the blessing of man (Mark 2:23-28).  This passage shows that (1) the Sabbath was made (and not commanded) for man, (2) it is for man and not just Israel, and (3) Jesus declares himself Lord of the Sabbath.
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"Think not that I [Jesus] am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil," (Matt. 5:17).