MEMORY VERSE: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Christians pray in churches. It is common to pray on Sundays, Saturdays and other special celebrations. The monks and nuns attend church every day and some other people. Also, most Christians pray at home through individual or family devotions.
Services are often led by an ordained priest or pastor. Often there is also a lay tour (non-ordained minister) on duty. Services generally include participatory prayers and singing of hymns, Bible readings, and sermons. For some Christians, the primary function is the Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion or Mass. The essence of this function is the sharing of bread and wine, which represent the body and blood of Christ, sacrificed for the human race. The prototype for the Holy Eucharist is the Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ final meal with His disciples. At that meal, Jesus instructed His disciples to share bread and wine as a remembrance of Him.
WHERE WERE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES?
Since Christians were always persecuted in the early days of Christianity, the earliest churches were simply people’s homes or some other safe meeting place, often indicated by the secret sign of a fish. Just as there are various denominations of Christianity, there are many forms of churches today. As a rule, however, they have some common characteristics. These features usually go back to the churches of the Middle Ages. The churches at this point were usually built in a cross shape. The general characteristics include:
Ship or rest area
The altar on which bread and wine stand for the Eucharist.
Pulpit for sermons
Lectern with a Bible for reading
Loft choir or choir seating
Stained glass window
Candles, incense burners
A precious cross on or on the altar
Baptismal font for baptisms (contains water)
Churches generally build on the best of what each congregation has to offer to show respect and praise to God. Churches should be inspirations for worship.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A PLACE OF WORSHIP
A place of worship is the house Of God, which is also called the church. A church is central to the Christian faith, and this is where the people come together to worship and praise God. The church is:
- The place of worship of all Christians
- Where the community meets
- Where charity work is done
- A place of healing
For Christians, coming together to worship is key and based on the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus taught that He would be present when people gather in His name. This is one of the reasons why Catholics believe that Jesus is present at mass. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
It is necessary for Christians to have a place of worship as they have the grace to draw closer to God, to meet other brethren with the same beliefs, and express their faith.
WHERE DO CHRISTIANS WORSHIP?
Christians pray in a variety of locations, including local churches, house churches, conferences, concerts, and within the ward. Christians can worship anywhere, anytime. There are no rules about where Christians can worship.
Let us dive into places of worship. There is a biblical source for many of the places we worship, and various reasons why we worship where we do it.
- LOCAL CHURCHES
One of the most common places where Christians worship is the local churches. The church is the general body of Christi all over the world. This implies that all who believe in Christ as their Savior are added to the family of God. This aspect of the church drives the construction of a local church. Therefore, “A Church” is a local gathering of believers.
Most regions of the world have established buildings called churches. These buildings can vary in size and number of worshippers. A church can be as small as few people or as large as thousands of people. The format and style of buildings do not matter, as there is no foundation that all churches must follow in their appearance.
WHY LOCAL CHURCHES?
Christians gather to worship in local churches because it is convenient. More people can go to church if there is a church near them. The concept of an established church building comes from the approval of the synagogue and the temple where the Jews worshiped. Christianity was formed from Jewish ancestors. Therefore, the first believers gathered in the synagogue and in the temple to preach to the unbelievers and strengthen each other.
Acts 2:46 explains: ” And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”In addition, the concept of a local meeting place in other cultures and religions was not unusual.
- HOUSE CHURCHES
Another place that Christians love to gather is in houses. This can include additional gatherings outside of the established church; For example, many established churches offer meetings in small groups; these gatherings are organized by members of the church in their homes.
Christians worship at home because it models the early church. The early church met daily to encourage and strengthen one another for the work of Christ. They also ate together and lived their lives together. This is partly why established churches follow a similar pattern today.
WHY HOUSE CHURCHES?
The gospel should never be individualistic. Instead, it should be spread and developed within a community. God has always wanted unity, so the gospel should achieve the greatest unity. It was a reason to meet, work together, support each other, and close the gap between non-Jews, Jews, slaves, men, and women.
” And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” (Acts 2:42-45)
In addition, the modern church continued to gather in homes due to persecution. In some parts of the world, being a Christian comes with a lot of trials. There are real threats to Christians. This leads Christians to meet secretly or in small groups. An established church with members would be vulnerable in the same place in the world.
For the same reason, many of the early believers gathered in houses. In both cases, meeting at home makes it easier and faster to share the gospel and train others. It takes time to establish a church. In some regions of the world, the church is spreading too quickly. After all, to build a church costs money that not all communities can afford.
An additional place for worship is within the conferences. Conferences are very popular in western culture. This popularity influenced the church. Conferences are useful for simultaneously forming and gathering large numbers of believers. There are usually numerous speakers, worship leaders, and meetings that provide resources and discipleship to believers.
Conference style meetings also take place outside of Western culture. However, they tend to look different and work differently. Many training sessions have taken place all over the world, especially in underdeveloped areas like Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
These meetings train believers and leaders to teach others. They concentrate on personal development, but also on practical ways to spiritually develop an area and the people who make it up.
Conferences don’t necessarily have a biblical basis. However, they are extremely helpful in spreading the gospel, providing tools for the ministry, and the wisdom of the Scripture in large pieces. It takes time to meet thousands of people individually or in small groups, but a conference can reach over to a lot of people in a day or two.
In addition, we see in the Scripture that the apostles and disciples were trained. The spiritual gifts were imparted by laying on of hands. Apostles and disciples met to discuss the theology and events that took place. Leaders gathered in churches to give instructions and worship together.
Christian concerts are usually similar to conferences. Both often involve a presentation of the gospel or some kind of testimony; they also tend to present worship. Chrisitan concerts can take place anywhere in the world. They could be small or very large. Prominent worship leaders and well-known churches often lead worship. There are Christian music artists who perform in concerts.
Christian concerts are similar to secular conferences. This includes lights, effects, and sometimes confetti and the like. Crowds can dance, sing, and interact with music conductors.
Concerts are often used as a service aid. Free or low-cost concerts provide a church experience outside of the church. Many people feel too uncomfortable to go to church, but they can attend a concert. Concerts also offer believers the opportunity to worship together with other believers. They can be used as platforms for services, fundraisers, or spreading the gospel.
There is no example of concerts in the scriptures. Nonetheless, believers have found that they are fruitful ways of building faith in Christians and stimulating faith in unbelievers.
The faithful meet in the church. The term community can refer to buildings and locations in the community. Groups of believers who could not afford their own building will rent common rooms in schools or libraries. They also meet in public spaces when they can be witnesses.
It can indicate a collective gathering of people within a community; Biblical universities gather in their church to worship, small towns come together in their community. A community is an association of people within the same location or professional area.
Coming together in a community is best for the development of the community. It is also a viable alternative to an established church. It also offers the opportunity to reach out to unbelieving members of the community. When the church comes out of its four walls, it has a greater impact. The church has never been commanded to establish and settle down an established group of believers. It was ordered to go out into the world to reach the lost.
- THE SECRET PLACE
In addition to collective worship, personal worship is an essential part of a Christian’s life. Because Christians can worship anytime, anywhere, they often worship alone. Some dedicate a specific place in their homes where they meet with God regularly. For some, this is called the prayer room.
Other believers love to spend time in nature and worship God there. Playing worship music, praying, or singing in the car is another way some people spend time with God. The fact is, worship can take place anywhere. It can include silent sentences in public spaces or verbal sentences in a remote location. Within the secret place, Christians pray, read the scriptures, meditate on God’s word, make notes in a diary, or take part in musical worship.
WHY THE SECRET PLACE?
Jesus approached the topic of public prayers which the hypocrites indulge in to get people’s approval. But He went ahead to admonish us, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6) Many people follow this example and spend much of their time in secret with God.
Christians also meet privately because their relationship with God depends on themselves, not on other people. To approach God, it must be a personal decision and action. Just because a pastor, priest, or spiritual leader is close to God does not mean that they can help people attain this kind of relationship with God.