Why Church of God?
One would expect that the most faithful Christian church would use the some form of the name “Church of God.”
Well, the predominant biblical name of the true Church in the New Testament is “Church of God.” Variants of this expression are clearly stated singular and plural forms in twelve different places in the New Testament (Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 10:32; 11:16,22; 15:9; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:5,15). The only other singular “church of” statement in scripture is a reference to the “church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:23).
Throughout Christian history, the true church has normally used a version of the expression “Church of God” (or “Churches of Christ,” cf. Romans 16:16) though often with another term, like a geographic region (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1) or another word, with it (1 Timothy 3:15).
The Church of God is not just some brand new organization like some claim, but has continued for close to 2,000 years, despite relocations and organizational changes (for details, see also the online book: Continuing History of the Church of God).
Why 7th Day?
There are many in churches that call themselves “Church of God,” but do not have the original apostolic faith.
To be distinguished from many of them, in the 1800s, the term “Seventh Day” was often added to the name “Church of God.”
Why the importance of the seventh day?
Both the Old Testament (Ezekiel 22:26) and New Testament (Hebrews 4:9-11) warn against those that not teach people to observe the seventh day Sabbath.
The Bible shows that God made the seventh day a day of rest (Genesis 2:1-2), later called it the Sabbath (Exodus 16:23-27), and listed it as part of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11).
Jesus kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16) and was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). The Apostles kept the seventh day Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 18:4). The New Testament teaches that, “For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS” … 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:4,9 NASB).
Theologians realize that early Christians absolutely kept the seventh day Sabbath. More information can be found in the article: The Sabbath in the Early Church and Abroad.
Protestants and others who tend to not keep the seventh day Sabbath may be surprised to learn that the Church of Rome claims that the Bible endorses Saturday, no scriptures endorse Sunday, but that Sunday was the result of a decision of it made–details are in articles in The Catholic Mirror in the article series titled The Christian Sabbath.
Those striving to adhere to the original Christian faith would continue to observe the seventh day Sabbath today (cf. Jude 3).
Sabbath Related Articles and Sermons
Here are links to some articles and sermons on the Sabbath:
Is Revelation 1:10 talking about Sunday or the Day of the Lord? Most Protestant scholars say Sunday is the Lord’s Day, but is that what the Bible teaches?
The Sabbath in the Early Church and Abroad Was the seventh-day (Saturday) Sabbath observed by the apostolic and post-apostolic Church? Here is a related sermon video The Christian Sabbath and How and Why to Keep It.
Early Sabbath Keeping in North America When did Europeans first keep the Sabbath in North America? Did the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower keep Saturday or Sunday?
How to Observe the Sabbath How should you keep the Sabbath? This is an old article by Raymond Cole, with updated information for the 21st century.
Can You Keep Your Job, Get Your Degree, and Keep the Sabbath? This article has some information on that. Here is a link to a related video titled: Can you keep the Sabbath and your job? What about college?
The Dramatic Story of Chinese Sabbathkeepers This reformatted Good News article from 1955 discusses Sabbath-keeping in China in the 1800s.
Here are links to some articles and sermons on Sunday:
Sunday and Christianity Was Sunday observed by the apostolic and true post-apostolic Christians? Who clearly endorsed Sunday? What relevance is the first or the “eighth” day? A related sermon is also available: Sunday: First and Eighth Day?
The Christian Sabbath. This is a series of articles from the Catholic Mirror essentially proving that the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, that the Lord’s day in Revelation 1 is not a reference to Sunday, that the Church of Rome implemented Sunday, and that nearly all Protestants followed Rome. Here is a link to a related sermon: Catholic teachings on the Sabbath, Sunday, and Protestantism.
More items on church history can be found in the free online book: Continuing History of the Church of God.
History (along with scripture) teaches us that the original Christian church:
Kept the seventh-day Sabbath.
Avoided biblically unclean meat.
Accepted Jesus and strove to imitate Him.
Taught the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Kept the biblical holy days.
Taught the mystery of God’s plan for humans.
Understood that God is only calling some now.
Understood that God will offer salvation to those not called in this age after the millennium.
Understood that the true Christian church could not remain in one location throughout church age.
Did not push or insist on the use of what are called sacred names.
Understood the truth about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Asserted having laying on of hands succession from the original apostles.
Believed that God would manifest His Spirit in the last days.
Only one church today continues with ALL of that original faith AND has truly had the confirmed manifestations of the Spirit as is prophesied in Act 2:17-18. It is called the Continuing Church of God.