Holidays and Church Services: A Few Scriptures to Ponder

Jim West waxes on about the lack of church services on Christian holy days here and here (again). I give you a few verses to think about:

Heb 10:24-25 NET. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, (25) not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.

Isa 43:7 NET. everyone who belongs to me, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed — yes, whom I made!

Col 1:16 NET. for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him — all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers — all things were created through him and for him.

Mat 24:44-51 NET. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (45) “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? (46) Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes. (47) I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. (48) But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ (49) and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, (50) then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, (51) and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

UPDATE: Jim West might appreciate a few other verses(albeit in the CEB or REB):

Jas 4:4 NET.   Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.

1Jn 2:15-17 NET  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,    because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world.  And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

Luk 14:26 NET. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Mat 19:29-30 NET. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (30) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

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4 responses to “Holidays and Church Services: A Few Scriptures to Ponder

  1. Indeed save some High Church types, in Anglicanism, this is a difference in the whole aspect of the Church Sacramental! And as noted in Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. It is simply but profoundly the difference also of the Visible Church! Hopefully some Protestant Churches are seeking to strike a better balance here, I am thinking of the Federal Vision, with Covenant (visibiy seen in the church), and Sacraments (the sacramental life in the church). I ask too, is there Word & Sacrament in the Baptist Church or communion? A friendly but theological question!

  2. Southern Baptists churches are members of a non-authoritative convention, so each church does as it likes, in the end, with the proviso that at some point it is useless to belong to a convention you don’t at all resemble.

    Southern Baptists have only two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and neither are practiced in a manner that would seem very sacramental to someone from a more liturgical tradition. The Lord’s Supper isn’t practiced often enough even for many Southern Baptists.

    As for the Word, with modern choruses taking over traditional hymns in many SBC churches, I fear SBCers will need to visit a more liturgical church to get a full meal of Scripture in a service.

    • Chuck: As I have read of Spurgeon, he used to have Holy Communion on Sat. or was it Sun. nights? in his study. Yes, even in the Anglican Communion, the Eucharist is often mere ritual or ceremonial, sadly. As you say, it depends upon where one goes. We must infuse both ‘Word & spirit’ in our worship!

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