Sunday as a First-Day Sabbath
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Sunday as a First-Day Sabbath

About the Book

Are we still compelled to keep the Sabbath? How has the Sabbath changed since creation?

This book looks to the Bible to find how we are supposed to relate to the Sabbath. It also examines the early church's view of the Sabbath.

About the Author

Phillip Kayser
Phillip Kayser

Phillip Kayser has degrees in education, theology, and philosophy. Ordained in 1987, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Dominion Covenant Church, a Presbyterian (CPC) church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also serves as Professor of Ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary and President of the Providential History Festival.

Pastor Kayser has spoken at over 50 conferences in the last 10+ years, such as the National Council of Family Integrated Churches conference and the Generations Shepherds Conference. He also helps churches and church plants with problem solving.

Most of his sermons are online, along with many other booklets, blog posts, and other valuable resources at

Table of Contents

  • 1. The “First Day Sabbath” Concept
    • 1988-1989 Calendar
  • 2. The Sabbath Principle Shown to be an Abiding Principle
    • The Sabbath is a creation ordinance (Genesis 2:3)
    • Gentiles are repeatedly commanded to keep the Sabbath
    • It is one of the “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20)
    • Explicitly called an everlasting or perpetual statute (Exodus 31:16-17)
    • We are commanded to worship God on the Sabbath
    • Sabbath command to labor for six days
    • New Testament continuation
    • Old Testament prophesy
    • Christ taught proper observance of the Sabbath
    • Christ’s prophesy for the Great Tribulation
    • Revelation 1:10
  • 3. Historical Changes In the Sabbath
    • Summary
    • Detailed analysis
    • The Change to “First Day Sabbath” Hinted at in the Old Testament
  • 4. Christ’s Resurrection Establishes a New First Day Sabbath
    • The Greek form of the fourth commandment
    • Jewish Sabbath abolished along with all other Old Testament and Old World days
    • Resurrection accounts that bring in a new Sabbath
    • Early Church celebration
  • 5. The Early Church Saw Sunday as the Christian Sabbath
    • 90AD Didache
    • 100 AD The Letter of Barnabas
    • 107AD Ignatius
    • 110AD Pliny
    • 130AD Barnabas
    • 150AD Epistle of the Apostles
    • 150AD Justin
    • 180AD Acts of Peter
    • 190AD Clement Of Alexandria
    • 200AD Bardesanes
    • 200AD Tertullian
    • 220AD Origen
    • 225AD The Didascalia
    • 250AD Cyprian
    • 300AD Victorinus
    • 300AD Eusebius of Caesarea
    • 345AD Athanasius
    • 350AD Cyril of Jerusalem
    • 360AD Council of Laodicea (an ecumenical council)
    • 387AD John Chrysostom
    • 400AD The Apostolic Constitutions
  • 6. Scriptural Guidelines on How to Observe the Sabbath
    • Guidelines from Jeremiah 17:19-23
    • Guidelines from Genesis 2:1-3: The Day God Blessed
  • About the Author
  • Notes

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