Archive | April, 2017

Sabbath Series Summary

Historically, The church has always understood that the Sabbath was a Jewish law that no longer applied to Christians. Though there has been some debate, the actual writings of the early Church fathers heavily suggest that the early church understood the Sabbath was fulfilled in Christ. First century non-Jewish Christians did not practice the Sabbath […]

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The Sabbath as Fulfillment: A Textual Interaction (Part 4)

Textual Interaction: The Letter to the Hebrews The Letter to the Hebrews is a book filled with the language of fulfillment. The letter was written to Jewish believers who, due to persecution, were considering returning to Judaism. The book can be summarized by the text of Hebrews 2:2-3, “For since the message declared by angels […]

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The Sabbath In Scripture: A Textual Interaction (Part 3)

In my first two posts, I laid out the development of the Sabbath throughout Church History. In this post we will analyse a few Biblical texts that deal with the issue of the Sabbath. Textual Interaction: Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the […]

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The Sabbath, The Church, and the 21st Century: Modern Views of the Sabbath (Part 2)

MODERN VIEWS OF THE SABBATH In modern times there have been three popular views concerning the Sabbath. The Seventh-Day Sabbath observer holds to the idea that the Lord’s rest in the Creation narrative points to the reality that God’s people will rest on the seventh day as well.[1] The “Lord’s Day” observer believes that the […]

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Judaism, The Church, and The Sabbath: An Historical Survey (Part 1)

The Historical Development of The Sabbath The church has historically been divided on the issue of the Sabbath. Many Jewish Christians in the first century desired to hold on to their Jewish traditions and festivals while not impressing them upon Gentile believers. There were also many Gentile Christians who regarded themselves as free from the […]

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