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The Lord's Day (Pipa)

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Joseph Pipa takes an authoritative look at the 'first day.' This is an area of Church practice in which we find liberal interpretations practiced by evangelical churches and vice versa. Many of the issues which he discusses are considered unclear, with the result that we tend to adopt the unhealthy viewpoint of avoiding the subject all together.

Joseph Pipa asks the question: Are we missing out on God's blessing by the way we celebrate the Lord's Day, are we too legalistic, too lax? Is the Spirit grieved by our disrespect to God or frustrated by our thralldom to unnecessary restrictions? These and other questions are addressed by Pipa in a thoroughness in using Scripture and also in reference to the sayings of the Early Fathers of the Church.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Great Purpose (Isa. 58:13, 14)
  2. The Original Intent (Gen. 2:1-3)
  3. The Market Day of the Soul (Exod. 20:9-11)
  4. A Sign of the Covenant
  5. The Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:1-8)
  6. The Sabbath – A Day for Compassion
  7. The Day Changed; The Obligation Unchanged (Col. 2:16, 17)
  8. The First Day Sabbath (Heb. 4:9, 10)
  9. A History of the Park and Its Use
  10. The Work of the Sabbath (Ps. 92)
  11. Private Duties of the Sabbath
  12. Make It a Delight
  13. Planning Ahead

Appendix: Prayers for the Lord’s Day 


"A splendid book... The church has needed this book. Use your Sunday afternoons to read it!" - W. Robert Godfrey, President, Westminster Seminary in California, Escondido, California

"This book is eminently readable and will prove to be a great blessing to every thoughtful reader." - The Covenanter Witness, Magazine of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Ireland

"Written with the plainness and warmth of pastoral experience which will benefit... every believer." - Walter J. Chantry, 


Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. has been both a church pastor and theological professor. He is President and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina and exercises a worldwide expositional ministry.