When Should I Go To Church?

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The Bible instructs us to go to church on the seventh day of each week.

The Sabbath commandment found in Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 [8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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 and Deuteronomy 5:12-14 Deuteronomy 5:12-14 [12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD your God has commanded you. [13] Six days you shall labor, and do all your work: [14] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.
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 shows us that we are not to do any work but rather we are to rest on the seventh day. However, in addition to being a day of rest from our regular work, the seventh day is a day we are commanded to gather together for a “holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:3 Leviticus 23:3Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
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The phrase seems a bit old-fashioned, but “holy convocation” simply means a public assembly for a godly purpose. In other words, it is a day to “go to church.” In the New Testament, "church" is the English translation of the Greek word ecclesia, which means a public assembly.

So, to fully keep the fourth commandment, we are expected to set aside our day-to-day labors and "go to church” on the seventh day of each week. It is a time set aside for us to worship, receive instruction and fellowship in a community setting. The Sabbath was created for the benefit of human beings, who need both physical rest and spiritual focus on a regular basis (Mark 2:27-28 Mark 2:27-28 [27] And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: [28] Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
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Gathering together on the seventh day Sabbath in this way was the practice of Jesus, the apostles, Paul and still remains for the Church established by Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:9There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
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; Hebrews 10:25 Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
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If you would like to learn more about the seventh day Sabbath, request our free Bible study guide Sunset to Sunset: God’s Sabbath Rest.

You might also want to find a Sabbath keeping congregation near you.