Maybe it's time to rethink Sundays

Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

church pewsWith roughly a third of the workforce on the clock on the weekends, a leading Southern Baptist Church expert says that makes it difficult for them to make church on Sunday.

Megachurch pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress says most churches meet on Sunday mornings because of tradition. And given the information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Thom Rainer of Church Answers writes it might be time for churches to consider weeknight or Saturday night services as an option for those with unconventional work schedules.

"Traditionally the Christian Church worshipped on the first day of the week because it corresponded to the resurrection," explains Dr. Jeffress. "John, when he was on the island of Patmos, experienced the revelation from God on the Lord's Day."

And despite millennia of Sunday services under its belt, Jeffress says the Bible is not firm on when church service should be held.

"I think we have to separate what is descriptive from what is prescriptive," he submits. "I don't think we ought to be legalistic and say that Sunday is the only day we can worship. I think the important thing is what Hebrews 10 says, and that is that Christians should not forsake the assembling together of themselves. We need to be together as fellow believers to worship together and to receive God's instruction."

Jeffress

Rainer writes that the reasons for not doing a weeknight service is rarely theological, and while Jeffress agrees, he admits that First Baptist Dallas is unlikely to start one.

"We are a full-service church," the pastor asserts. "We offer a full range of ministries, and frankly, we don't want to wear out our staff and our volunteers by trying to do it on Saturday and Sunday."

Rainer writes that some churches have gotten around that legitimate concern by simplifying the service. For instance, instead of a choir and band, a soloist with a guitar leads worship.

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