Why are services on Sunday?

When I was younger, I used to think that Sunday was the seventh day of the week. But then I understood why most calendars and people's vitamin tablet boxes start with Sunday and end in Saturday.

Before establishing the reasoning behind services being on Sunday, we must understand the importance of our fellowship and worship. Hebrews 10:25 exhorts us not to neglect it by telling us, 'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching'.

Here is the scriptural reasoning behind it all:

  • John 20:19 tells us that Jesus met his disciples on the first day and verse 26 tells us that the same happened a week later. Jesus, by his presence, sanctioned this assembling on the first day.

  • In Acts 20:7, they broke bread and Paul preached the Word on the first day of the week. It doesn't speak of them observing a seventh day sabbath even though they could have done but instead speaks of the first day.

  • In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul instructed the churches to put something aside ready for the collection on the first day of the week.


  • In Revelation 1:10, John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day when he received his revelation on Patmos. The word rendered here as 'Lord’s' (κυριακῇ), occurs only in this place and in 1 Corinthians 11:20, where it is applied to the Lord’s supper. It has always been understand that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day as our Lord rose from the dead on that day, and Christians have always gathered on that day and had the Lord's Supper.


  • Colossians 3:16 says, 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord'. The Psalms were used in public worship, for example, Christ sang a Psalm at Passover which Matthew 26:30 refers to as a 'hymn' (song of praise).


With all of this in mind, we are to assemble together (not forsaking it), hear preaching, sing hymns, put aside for the collection and have the Lord's Supper, all on the first day of the week.

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