Fellowship of Believers
Why is Sunday the day most Christians go to church?
We find that in the Bible that Peter continued to go to the Synagogue on the Sabbath in Acts 15:21. So, why and when was it decided that Sunday is set aside for Christ, rather than the Sabbath, or the seventh day of the week?"
Many Christians and non-Christians alike have asked this question. After all, as in Bible times the Jewish custom was to observe the Sabbath day on Saturday and they still do today.
Let’s take a look at why a Saturday Sabbath is not observed by many Christian churches. We will provide you with where you can attempt to answer the question, “Why is Sunday the day most Christians go to church? “ In the book of Acts there are many references the early Christian church meeting together on the Sabbath (Saturday) to pray and study the Scriptures. Interesting what we can learn from the following chapters and verses:
Acts 13:13-14 Paul and his companions ... On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.
Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer ... Acts 17:2 As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people..
Still today many Christians believe the early church began meeting on Sundays soon after Christ rose from the dead, in honor of the resurrection of Jesus, which took place on a Sunday ( the first day of the week). This verse has Paul instructing the churches to meet together on the first day of the week (Sunday) to give offerings:
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
And when Paul met with believers in Troas to worship, they gathered on the first day of the week: Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. So some of us may believe the transition from Saturday to Sunday worship began right after the resurrection, and may others see the change as a gradual progression over the course of history, that leads to present today where people believe it is tradition to go to church on Sundays.