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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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What's So Sacred About Sunday

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Scriptures: Exodus 13:3, 31:12-17, Psalm 19:1, Genesis 2:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Proverbs 16:26, John 5:17, 17:4, 1 Corinthians 5:17, 16:2, Hebrews 10:12, 4:9-10, Colossians 2:13-17, Ezekiel 20:12, Matthew 28:1, 11:28, Revelation 1:10, Acts 2:1, 20:6-7


The Fourth Commandment in the Ten Commandments lays down a special place for the Sabbath Day, which today we observe on Sundays. Is this just an old Bible practice no longer relevant, or is Sunday still an important and specifically set-apart day for the Lord. Today Sundays are treated by many as a day to "kick back", relax and do nothing. In this message, Dr. Merritt pours through Scripture to reveal why Sunday is still sacred, and how observing the Sabbath is a powerful and practical means of worship for Christ-followers today.


"The Sabbath is not only a practice; it was also a prophecy. The Sabbath Day pointed to another rest and another work. Just as God finished His work and rested, the Lord Jesus came and finished His work and rested. God rested after His first creation, Jesus rested after His new creation. When a person refuses to honor this commandment, they rob from God, and rob from themselves. God can do more with your body in six days than you can do in seven. It is easy to make excuses of why we can’t celebrate the Lord’s day, why we can’t rest one day out of the week, why we can’t take one day a week and set it apart specifically for God and His worship." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: Sunday, sabbath, Jesus, rest, savior, Saturday, seventh day, creation, Newsweek, Ten Commandments, worship, labor, Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister, England, Great Britain, William Blackstone, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Gladstone, Standard Law Book, remember, honor, works, Chariots of Fire, 1924 Olympic Games, conviction, Eric Liddle


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