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“…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:47 (NKJV)

Salvation is not limited to Sunday. God’s saving grace works beyond our Sunday morning worship services. He saves sinners on any other day just as good as He does it on Sundays. Unfortunately, we tend to limit our perspective on God’s grace for salvation to Sunday based upon traditional views. The truth is that God’s grace is intended to work on a daily basis.

The early church operated beyond the Sabbath. According to the New Testament, the newly-converted believers of the Way met daily, whether in the temple or from house to house. The church was a body of believers, not a central meeting place. Since the establishment of the church building as a central meeting place for the body of believers, the church has primarily met on a one-day-per-week basis rather than a daily basis. Therefore, there has been a natural negative impact upon the growth of the church and the spread of the gospel.

If the church only meets on Sundays, then many of its opportunities for growth become limited to Sundays as well. However, God’s power is not limited to Sunday only. In fact, even if the church met three days per week, Wednesdays for prayer and Bible study, Fridays for fellowship or evangelism, and Sundays for praise and worship, God’s power still works beyond when the church says it is open for business.

So what are we to do? Expand the hours of operation for the church? No. Limit our acceptance of new believers and seekers to Sundays and special events? Certainly not. What I would suggest is to maximize the utilization of the resources and services that we already have in place within the church. Reach out to others in love and offer an introduction to Christ.

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I guess we should shut down the rumors now. Some folks just got to be up in the business whether you invite them or not. It doesn’t matter.
Ask Jesus about it. He asked the question regarding the Sabbath and doing good or harm, saving or killing (Mark 3:4). No one wanted to answer Him. He went on and healed a man simply by His command for the man to stretch out his hand. Guess what? That wasn’t satisfactory either for some folks. The Bible says that the Pharisees got together with the Herodians and started working on a plot on how to destroy Jesus.
Learn the lesson. Some people just have to regulate what other people do regardless of what good it does. We have these glorified gatekeepers watching our every move, keeping their eyes on all that we do inside and outside of the church. Think on it. If that’s who is guarding the door, then thatmay be why folks ain’t coming in like they used to back in the day.
Just a thought. . .

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“…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:47 (NKJV)

Salvation is not limited to Sunday. God’s saving grace works beyond our Sunday morning worship services. He saves sinners on any other day just as good as He does it on Sundays. Unfortunately, we tend to limit our perspective on God’s grace for salvation to Sunday based upon traditional views. The truth is that God’s grace is intended to work on a daily basis.

The early church operated beyond the Sabbath. According to the New Testament, the newly-converted believers of the Way met daily, whether in the temple or from house to house. The church was a body of believers, not a central meeting place. Since the establishment of the church building as a central meeting place for the body of believers, the church has primarily met on a one-day-per-week basis rather than a daily basis. However, God’s power is not limited to Sunday only. In fact, even if the church met three days per week, Wednesdays for prayer and Bible study, Fridays for fellowship or evangelism, and Sundays for praise and worship, God’s power still works beyond when the church says it is open for business.

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