I wrote this post a couple months ago on the Putting on the New blog. It brought lots of reads and several comments. I decided to do a report of it on my blog today. What's your thoughts?
Question 1: Is the church relevant to this day in time?
My home church
Heritage Church, Wichita Falls, TX.
Many younger Christians don’t see the need to pay tithes, pool their funds, or keep a church going and growing. Most older Christians see this opinion as an outrage. God’s Word directs our steps. The Bible relates to every age allowed by God to exist. Let’s study and meditate on what is proper and needful for twenty-first century Christianity.
(See immediately left here for the URL link for Putting on the New blog of devotions.)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2: 42-47
Let’s break down these verses.
In the early church, we see they gathered together frequently, obviously feeling that the support, teaching, and joint prayers and praises were important to their walk with Christ.
Question 2: Is meeting together in a church building important in 2016?
|An old country church|
The above verses tell us they met in the temple courts. There were no churches, only synagogues. They used the outer court of the place where they had worshiped God all their lives.
When the church spread away from Jerusalem, did they still meet in synagogues?
Sometimes, yes. Synagogues-
At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Community event buildings-
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
So, is it important to have a church building in 2016?
Question 3: Should we all give money to our church to fund the group where we worship?
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (See the top Scripture)
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12: 41-44
Jesus put His blessing on those who gave to the church.
That’s my three questions. The controversy continues. On what side do you fall? How do you answer the three questions about the modern-day church.
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