Confession of Faith (1902) - Article 7
VII. Concerning the Christian Day of Rest.*
*"Sabbath in the Hebrew means "rest", "celebration". (Heyse, Rost, Brockhaus and others.)
¶61. We believe and confess: The New Testament day of rest and solemn assembly for the purpose of united worship of God and the building up of believers among themselves is, according to the example and practice of the apostles under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the first day of the week, that is the day of resurrection of our Lord and of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This sanctified day is to be celebrated in the spirit and according to the teaching and example of our Lord Jesus and His apostles. On this day the preaching of the Gospel, the care and nurture of the Christian life, and the practice of the sacred ordinance shall especially take place. This day is a gift of grace of our good God in Christ for our spiritual and temporal welfare. Exodus 20:8; Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1-36; John 20:1; 19:26, Acts 2:1; Acts 20:7; Corinthians 16:1-2; Matthew 12:1-14; Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-11; John 5:9-16; 9:13; Colossians 2:16-17; Romans 14:5-6; Psalms 118:24.
¶62. Nevertheless, it remains a duty to work six days honestly and diligently and to follow our civil pursuits, but keeping in mind the word of the Lord: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Exodus 20:9; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Matthew 6:33.
Confession of Faith of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. American ed. Hillsboro, KS : Mennonite Brethren Pub. House, 1917.
Loewen, Howard John. One Lord, One Church, One Hope, and One God : Mennonite Confessions of Faith. Elkhart, IN. : Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1985.
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