‘Let the lesson about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.’ Colossians 3:16 (HCSB)
Sunday is very easily my favorite day of the week. And while I know that I am supposed to go to church on Sunday morning, I also know that there is more to church than most people think. And that “more” is why Sunday is always a good day.
Jesus established the church. He put people in place, starting with Peter, to make sure His teachings and His ways would continue after His ascension to His Father. Much of the New Testament is devoted to teaching early Christians, and believers today, how to ‘do church’. Those teachings are not about our traditions. They do not describe who sings the best, or who is best dressed, or who drives the best car. They also do not put emphasis on who has the most money, or who tithes the greatest amount. The teachings of the New Testament cover the important things, the principles upon which Jesus wanted His church, His Bride, to operate, to best serve the purposes of our Lord and His kingdom.
Fellowship is one of the most beneficial tenants from the foundation of the church. I can truthfully say that my church embraces each and every person who steps through the doors on a Sunday morning. They are made to feel welcome, questions are asked and answered, and they are brought into the house and are shown true acceptance.
Fellowship is not only greetings and goodbyes, but also sharing, prayer, singing, and worship. Our hearts simply open up when we raise our arms and voices in praise of the only One who deserves it. When we thank God, we open up our hearts to the very essence of Him–His great love. It is so much easier to share His love when we have partaken of the love He extends to us.
Sunday school is another thing that makes Sunday a good day. Small groups offer the close-knit sharing and teaching that benefits us greatly. We bond with one another, encourage each other, and hold one another accountable to live the Christian life as Jesus teaches it.
A Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church enriches us and prepares us for the days ahead. There, we learn to care for one another and for those outside of the church. We live in a lost and dying world; while we are in church, we are protected from it in many ways. But we are also taught to go out onto the mission field–our supermarket, our neighborhoods, and yes, sometimes even our own homes. We learn how God will equip the willing, and how the willing will help Him accomplish His purposes. Not that He needs us to, but because He wants us to join Him in His work.
After church, we have lunch, spend time with family and sometimes with friends, and we rest. We may even find time for a nap. As God rested on the seventh day, so should we. For many who must work on Sunday, they may take another day, any day, and make it their day of rest. God is still blessed when we do so. He wants us to be healthy in mind, body, and most of all, in spirit.
What will you do to make Sunday a good day?
‘Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.’ Galatians 6:10 (NIV)