Are you looking for a biblical, succinct, popular, positive, well-written, and accessible survey of the issues surrounding the keeping of the Lord’s day? With biblical simplicity and clarity, Jeremy Walker shows us why the Lord’s day is not bondage, but the perfect law of liberty. May God use this book to instruct and encourage many people to call the Sabbath a delight.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Along with Joseph Pipa’s The Lord’s Day and Walt Chantry’s Call the Sabbath a Delight, Jeremy Walker’s Our Chief of Days: The Principle, Purpose and Practice of the Lord’s Day is destined to become a helpful conﬁrmation to many Christians of the abiding signiﬁcance of the Sabbath, and a probing challenge to non-sabbatarians to rethink their understanding of the fourth commandment. Walker carefully and sensitively expounds the abiding nature of the Sabbath for the church and, with judicious quotes from history, illuminates God’s wisdom in giving his church in all ages a prescribed rhythm of rest and work. The chapter on how Christians should practically keep the Lord’s day, the Christian Sabbath, is especially thoughtful and sane, avoiding the danger of an incipient or expressed legalism. Walker’s brief book is engaging, clear, untechnical, and eminently biblical. I highly recommend it.
Ian Hamilton, Associate Minister at Smithton Church, Inverness, and trustee of The Banner of Truth
Evangelicalism in the West is in serious danger of losing the tremendous beneﬁts of the Lord’s day by neglecting to observe the Lord’s command to keep it. Jeremy Walker addresses this issue from the Scriptures in this clear and succinct account. He demonstrates from the Old and New Testaments the principle of keeping one day in seven holy to the Lord as a continuing obligation still binding today, shows the purpose of the command and expounds how we are to practise it in a manner that is glorifying to God and enjoyable and beneﬁcial to us. Highly recommended for all.
Robert Strivens, Pastor of Bradford on Avon Baptist Church
This little book does exactly what it says on the cover! Steering a balanced course between legalism on one side and casual indifference on the other, the author sets out the case for keeping the Lord’s day special. Its three chapters cover the three topics of the sub–title. We are shown biblical principles drawn from creation, law, and New Testament example; pointed to its purpose in relation to the glory and enjoyment of God and the blessing it brings to man; and led helpfully through the thorny issue of how to keep the day without veering off into rigid rules or crass carelessness. The book is easy to read, with the text divided into useful sections. It avoids being too technical or convoluted, and a pleasing use of or allusion to the language of Scripture will establish a quick connection with most Christians. It will help the young believer think his way through things like the change of day, and what kind of ‘work’ is legitimate on the Lord’s day. A pastor will want a copy or two available for those inevitable times when the issue arises. The sensitive reader will find his heart warmed, and a new passion for the Lord’s day kindled. It is a timely book to guard the faithful from the inroads of either careless indifference or studied antagonism towards the fourth commandment. Sadly the issue has become contentious in some circles, and it is unlikely that those who have convinced themselves in this matter will be altered by this little book – it does not set out to be polemical. But those who have a tender heart and a thirst for God will find plenty here to help them think rightly about, and practice faithfully, the keeping of the Lord’s day. In the words of Ignatius (died c. AD 108) quoted near the end of the book, ‘Let every friend of Christ keep the Lord’s day as a festival, the queen and chief of all the days.’ Who knows? If enough of God’s people were renewed in their passion for Christ and his day, a breath of new life could sweep through the churches.
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