Bahan Alkitab: Leviticus 23:1-3; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3; Psalm 84:1-4; Luke 4:14-19; Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 10:23-25
In the old testament, the Israelites worship God in the tabernacle, according to the way that God has taught them. God determined some special days, and Sabbath day for the Israelites to worship God. Later on the Israelites continue to worship God in the temple that King Solomon built. Many years after worship at the temple began, God sent his Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of his people. Before Jesus died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, he went from place to place teaching his disciples and those who came to listen to him. Every Sabbath, Jesus went to the synagogue, the place where Jews met to worship, study the Scriptures and pray. He went to the service, read God’s Word and then preached the good news of the gospel. By his example, Jesus did what God commanded in his Word, gathering with the people for public worship on the Sabbath. Explain that It was always God’s plan for his people to come together as a congregation. And after Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead and returned to his Father in heaven, disciples and believers met together regularly to worship him, coming together on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day. The tabernacle and temple were no longer needed. God’s people did not have to come to the priest with an animal for sacrifice. God’s Spirit had come to dwell in the lives of those who put their trust in the Savior’s once-for-all sacrifice for them. Now they could come to him gladly and freely, with hearts cleansed from sin.
The church is not a building, church is a family, a big family of God. We are the body of Christ, we worship God together as a church.
God has taught us the way to worship Him through:
a. The way Israelites worship in tabernacle and temple in Jerusalem – there are: sacrifice, offerings, steps, ceremonies, holy days, special place to gather, special items and clothings. The way they worship God in the tabernacle points to the coming of Jesus.
b. The way Jesus taught and read the bible in the temple during his lifetime.
c. The way Jesus’ disciples gather and worship together after Jesus’ ascensions.
…not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.