169. If I keep the Sabbath holy, but attend church on Sunday or Thursday.
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Dear Dr. Smith

Does the Bible require attendance at church on Sabbath? If I keep the Sabbath holy by not working shopping, etc., but attend church on Sunday or Thursday with a group of believers am I wrong.

Dear Friend,
Thanks for your question and I should say I find it quite interesting. Let’s take a closer look at it:

1. Does the Bible require attendance at church on Sabbath?
To answer this question we need to take a look at a few facts. a) The Sabbath was given to us by God, Gen 2: 2-3, Ex 20: 8-11, b) According to Heb 10:25 we are admonished not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, c) It is God who said, “let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them” Ex 25:8.

2. If I keep the Sabbath holy by not working, shopping, etc., but attend church on Sunday or Thursday with a group of believers am I wrong.
The first part of your question suggests that you know that the Sabbath is to be kept holy. Therefore your concern is about going to church on another day. Well you can go to church and worship God any day, however, He has set aside a special day that you should have corporate worship with him.

3.    Christ demonstrated to us which day we should worship on by setting the example. Luke 4:16 According to Luke this was his custom. Certainly, He went to the synagogue other days of the week, but the Sabbath was the day he goes for cooperate worship.

4.    Paul provides yet another example of Sabbath worship (Acts 17:2). While for Jesus, Sabbath worship was His custom, for Paul it was his manner.

5.    Since the bible is our guide to faith and practice and there are no examples of repeated corporate worship on any other day except the Sabbath day, then it is accurate to conclude that the Bible does require attendance at church on Sabbath.

6.    Also, keeping the Sabbath holy is not just a personal experience it is a corporate worship experience. Therefore, if you make it solely into a personal experience and then go to Church other days of the week you would have missed the meaning of true Sabbath keeping and would be acting contrary to all the practices of Sabbath keeping that are listed in the Bible.

I pray that this response will be helpful for you and that your Sabbath worship experience will be a blessed one.
Keep courage and thanks for your question.

Dr. Smith
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