First day of the week

Larry Sitz - Kedron church of Christ

Now upon the first day of the week they came unto the sepulcher, found the stone rolled away, and the body of the Lord gone, for He had risen. (Luke 24) This is why we are compelled, eager, and excited to gather together on the first day of the week to worship our Divine Creator. We worship a living God that promises to join us each time we gather. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). We gather together to drink of His “Fountain of Grace”. As Jesus told the woman at the well, “For who so ever shall drink of the water I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water I shall give him shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). It is there that our weary minds and souls find relief from the cares of this world and we indulge in God’s unspeakable joy, and a peace that is beyond all understanding. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:46). “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come” (I Cor. 11:26). “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” (Acts 20:7). We come to admonish and teach one another with psalms and hymns, as we sing and make melody to the Lord (Col. 3:16). We come together on the first day of the week to have the privilege and opportunity of communion and fellowship with the saints of God. We gather to learn more of the Lord’s will, how He would have us live in this sinful world and yet remain apart from it. We gather on the first day of the week to get a foretaste that awaits each faithful child of God, when we step through that mysterious veil of death, and at last glimpse the Holy One, who washed us from our sins with His own blood. Through Jesus Christ we are allowed the privilege of talking with the Father face to face, as we express our many thanksgivings for all the good things He has allowed us in this life. Through prayer we are also able to make our humble request known to He who is willing, and able to grant us every good and perfect gift, which this life as well as the next, has to offer.

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (I Cor. 16:1-2). We gladly give of our means as God has so richly blessed us. We come together on the first day of the week to exhort and encourage one another, to share our strength and weakness, that God may strengthen us all.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much more as we see the day approaching (Heb. 10:25). We are gathered here because we believe His word and His promise. “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many mansions; If it were not so I would have told you. I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). These last few verses pretty much sums up why we come together on the first day of every single week of the year.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month, Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of exceptional guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month and Prentice White is our excellent song leader. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.

Larry Sitz

Kedron church of Christ

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