LORD’S DAY

Christians in the early churches met together often (Acts 2:46; Heb 10:25). Although the frequency of meetings varied from place to place, the common practice seems to have been that all the Christians in a church met together at least on the first day of each week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 11:20; 16:2). By the end of the first century, Christians commonly referred to the first day of the week as the Lord’s day, probably because it was the day on which Jesus rose from the dead as the triumphant Lord (John 20:1,19; cf. Acts 2:36; Rom 1:4; Phil 2:9-11). (Concerning the difference between the Lord’s day and the Jewish Sabbath see SABBATH.)

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