more_excellent_way: "The temple/churdh of the old covenant..."
You mix words like many Christians today do. The temple of the OT isn't anything like the church, but yet you combine them.
---Steveng on 10/17/08|
The temple/churdh of the old covenant was destroyed. Jesus built the temple/church of the new covenant with His body. As members of His body, we should worship in our own temple (temple of the Holy Spirit). We should not worship with public prayer.
"And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom".
The new temple is THE LORD'S BODY...
"But he spoke of the temple of his body".
1 Corinthians 6:19
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?"
Live under the perfect law (James 1:25 and 2:12, Ephesians 2:15, 1 Corinthians 13:10) and enter "by the door" (John 10:1).
---more_excellent_way on 10/16/08|
Do not worship with your lips (lip service jumping and shouting) or offer FLATTERY, worship with a sincere heart in daily behavior being peaceful and just towards your fellow human being. Lovingly speak only objective truth (in no uncertain terms) in order to avoid the strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Receive living water baptism of God's spirit ("walk by the spirit", Galatians 5:16) so you will "neither thirst" and can have your conscience purified (Hebrews 9:14).
H2O baptism will not make a person Godly (John 7:38, Acts 1:5, Revelation 7:16).
Have a "more excellent" devotion (1 Corinthians 12:31).
Have a "faith for faith" (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6) instead of only 'a faith'.
---more_excellent_way on 10/16/08|
You say, "Let's go to church." And you bicker among each other saying, "My church is better than your church." And you gloat that "our services are much better than any church." Or have pride saying, "We have great entertainment at our church."
You foolish people. Don't you know that Christians ARE the church. Not some organization having their own traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the Bible. The churches mentioned in the Bible are merely locations of the assembly of Christians for identification purposes - not a building, not a denomination, not a non-profit organization. Jesus is return soon to marry His church, not a building, not a denomination, not a non-profit organization.
---Steveng on 10/14/08|
It was that way from the beginning when Christians would meet in the wee hours of Sunday morning to celebrate the Eucharist.
The idea that one could be a Christian and NOT attend the Ekklesia was unheard of.
This is one of the heresies of what I call pop-evangelicalism: that one can function as a spiritual Lone Ranger with just himself (or herself) and Jesus and does NOT need to be an active part of a local body.
---Jack on 10/14/08|
God established the church and the gates of hell will not and shall not prevail against. Church is not a trend. It is a place where believers go to be refreshed in their spirits and come together in unity, love and to further the Work of God, on earth. Also. Sunday is the first day of the week. In the book of Acts it talks about worshipping and going to church on the first day of the week(Sunday) It is also the day the Jesus arose from the dead(the 3rd day)Resurrection Day.
---Robyn on 8/8/07|
Jack "Christians would meet... Sunday morning to celebrate the Eucharist"? The 1st Sunday gathering was a fearful, pityful assembly"
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus & stood in the midst, & saith unto them, Peace be unto you-Jn 20:19
OK, maybe Jesus turned it into a joyful occasion, yet the day of assembly & worship remained unchanged-Acts 17:2
---Geoff on 8/8/07|
It is possible to be a Christian in total isolation from others. The problem is that you will likely not grow in the faith. We need the interaction of others Christians so that we can exchange ideas and the experience of other Christians so our faith and core of experience can go to become better more knowledgeable Christians and serve The Lord our God in a better capacity with that enhanced knowledge and core of experience.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/8/07|
robin, the bible didnt say rest on sunday but the 7thday and keep that day holy. see the forth command of God. that is mans teaching to worship on sunday for constantine allowed the gentile to join the church where false doctrine was introduced and the truth slowly got ignored. this is why the true Sabbath is only observed today by some faithful keepers of the Word...God didnt say remember me when I rise again. But REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY.
---jana on 3/1/07|
Church started in the Old Testament. but it wasn't called "church" it had different names like The House of God, The Tabernackle, Place of Worship, etc. But it was Paul whom started "the church" and told us what to do and how to do it. He gives instructions to us. I go to church on Wednesdays and Sunday morning and night. It is a blessing to have a church to go to that I can do what God has called me to do, which is to sing.
---Rebecca_D on 2/10/07|
Early followers of Jesus were not accepted by organized groups of the time. Many were sought out & punished for their strange & heritical worship. Many met in homes & tombs to hear of Jesus. As for the importance of "church", Eph.4:11-16 shows the 5-fold ministry; Ro.10:13-15 shows why we need a preacher. Saturday church is from it being the 7th day of the week. Sunday church is a "N.T." change believing we should worship on the 1st day of the week.
---mikefl on 2/2/07|
Thank you so much Mary, I appreciate you. Even tho I don't look for support from people, nontheless, I appreciate it when God sends someone along. God BLESS.
---CATHERINE on 1/31/07|
The "trend" of going to church started during the Babylonian captivity. Since they were isolated from the Temple and the altar, people would meet for payer and study of their scriptures. After their return to Judah men like Ezra continued this practice and the rest is history
---Buttons on 1/31/07|
We go to church on Sunday acording to the bible. It is the first day of the week. This is when Jesus rose from the dead. Read the book of Acts also. The church was established during that day and time and ever since. Jesus said: I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. The church was started by God and no devil in Hell is going to ever tear it down.Regardless of what. Read your bible and also read up on church history. You will learn a lot.
---Robyn on 1/31/07|
**no false teachers to deal with.**
To be precise, you would have a plethora of false teachers, with no discplinary process to weed them out--which means lots of opportunities for ears to get tickled.
---Jack on 1/31/07|
I agree with CATHERINE, if there was more church in the homes,I think it would be better, no false teachers to deal with. My family & friends has had church in the home for years. It seems to be happening more and more..I always heard that we will hear of it more and more..mary4964
---mary on 1/31/07|
If more people [CHRISTIANS] would have church in their homes, just guess what would happen==== WE WOULD run at least some of the fake, unsaved preachers out of business, in which they are only stealing money and glory from God. Some even preach the Blood of Christ and they are as fake as a four dollar bill.
---CATHERINE on 1/31/07|
Okey here goes, from what I understand, a good many people of long ago, even in bible days, would sometimes meet in private homes, I believe that this is a wonderful idea.
---CATHERINE on 1/30/07|
(Colossians 2:13-17) When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
---Matthew on 1/30/07|
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
---Matthew on 1/30/07|
As we see by example, it was the custom of Jesus and his followers to go to the place of assembly. All through the N.T. we see the purpose of this as being for growth. The corporate use of spiritual gifts has been given much Biblical emphasis. Heb. 10:25 Tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves as the manner of some is but to even more encourage one another as Christ's return draws nearer.
---john on 1/30/07|