What is Saturday Church?
Saturday Church is the phrase that many people use to label church services that meet on Saturdays – the day known in the Bible as the Sabbath. A Saturday Church is really no different than Sunday Church outside of the difference in the day of meeting. At Founded in Truth Fellowship, we have worship music, the reading of God’s word, and a sermon preached for the church to hear and apply – and most times even a church meal/potluck that follows the service!
But why Saturday instead of Sunday? Well, there are a few reasons why our church meets on Sabbath rather than Sunday and I would love to share those reasons with you, so let’s begin with why the Sabbath is important.
Why Is Sabbath Important?
If you’ve read through the book of Exodus in your Bible, you will probably remember that there is a little section in chapter 20 where we find what we call the Ten Commandments. Contained within these commandments from God is the commandment to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. The Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week and the Bible has always been consistent in that when talking about the Sabbath. Back in the early Genesis narrative of the Garden of Eden, God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh day and made it a holy day to be remembered.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
(Genesis 2:1-3 ESV)
Fast forward to the time of Moses and we have God reminding us that the Sabbath day was to be remembered, because it was on that day that God himself took a break from his creating work and made the Sabbath special.
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
(Exodus 20:8-11 ESV)
The Sabbath is important to us because it is important to our Heavenly Father. He made this day special from the very first time it happened. Think about that; our Father blessed the very first Sabbath day by resting on it himself and then tells us to not forget it, but to always remember it.
Jesus spoke about the Sabbath, too! A discussion rose up once in the Gospels where the Pharisees were mad at Jesus and his disciples for picking some grain to eat on the Sabbath. Jesus reminds them that there is nothing wrong with making sure that you have food on the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for us, not that we were made for it. He even reminds the Pharisees that he is the Lord of the Sabbath because it is the day that he created and made holy for us.
27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
(Mark 2:27-28 ESV)
So this is why we believe that the Sabbath is still important. We believe that God long ago made the world in six days but chose to rest on the seventh day – thereby making it special – and has commanded us to remember this special day by recognizing that it was made for us so that we can rest, too.
Do We Believe that We Need to Keep the Sabbath to be Saved?
Sometimes people ask us this question when we start talking about the Sabbath. We absolutely do not believe that we need to keep the Sabbath to be saved. We believe and affirm that our salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus alone, and no amount of keeping the Sabbath, as good and holy of a day it is, can ever earn us our salvation.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
Instead, we believe that keeping the Sabbath like God has instructed us in his word is the same kind of thing as honoring our parents or not stealing from each other. We believe that God’s commandments for our lives are definitely not meant to save us, but that we keep them because we are saved! Our Heavenly Father knows what is best for us and has given us instructions and guidelines for our lives, and that includes remembering the Sabbath, not for salvation, but as an act of love and worship for our Father.
The Bible clearly shows that physically resting on Sabbath is good for us and that God has instructed us to do so because he loves us, but the Bible also shows that there is a rest that’s even better than the physical rest we have on the Sabbath day. The Book of Hebrews speaks of this physical rest but also of a spiritual rest.
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
(Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV)
We all know by now that if we don’t get enough physical rest throughout the week, our bodies begin to wear out and life is much more difficult when our bodies aren’t rejuvenated regularly. How much more do you think our spirits need to rest? Jesus offers this ultimate spiritual rest of knowing that God loves us and accepts us even when we don’t measure up to life’s standards. No matter how much money the world says we need, no matter how good at our job the world says we need to be, no matter how successful in life the world says we need to be, Jesus accepts us as we are even when the world won’t. That’s true spiritual rest, and the physical rest we have on Sabbath points us to that ultimate rest in Jesus.
So with all of this in mind, I hope you understand a little better as to why we meet on Saturday rather than Sunday. It has become a tradition within the Church to meet on Sunday in recognition of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for which we fully embrace and praise God, but we want to make sure that we aren’t forgetting to remember the Sabbath by doing so. The Apostles continued to keep the Sabbath for church services decades after the resurrection, but somewhere in history a lot of the Church has forgotten the Sabbath.
We would love for you to remember it with us one Saturday.
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