Today most believers attend services on a Sunday for one of two reasons.  The first being they were raised that way.  The truth is, it was the Catholic Church that changed worship from the 7th day of the Week (Saturday) to the 1st Day of the week (Sunday).  For the most part, Believers follow a tradition established by the Catholic Church.

The second reason is, they base it on a Bible verse for example Acts 20:7:

7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

The basis is if the believers in the 1st century meet on the 1st day of the week so should we.

However, note that in the King James Bible the word Day is in italics.  It means that it was not in the original manuscript, it was added by the translators.  Further, the Greek words for the phrase First Of The Week is MIA {mee’-ah} SABBATON {sab’-bat-on}.

SABBATON is in the Bible 68 times. It is translated Sabbath 59 times and Week 9 times.  The Greek word Sabbaton is derived from the Hebrew Word SHABBATH {shab-bawth’}.  Shabbath is never translated week.  As a matter of fact the Hebrew word for Sabbath and Week are very different words.  As such, MIA {mee’-ah} SABBATON {sab’-bat-on} should have been translated first of the Sabbath.  Acts 20:7 should have been translated:

7And upon the first of the Sabbath, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

The truth is, there is very little justification for the Sunday tradition beyond, it is a tradition.  For additional details refer to Bible Studies on this subject.

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