In the early years of the Church, public worship engrafted and modeled on the order of synagogues services. It consisted of the following elements, not necessarily in this order (Worship Services in the Early Church) . (n.d.).
1. Preaching (Mat 28:20; Act 20:7; 1Co 14:19,29-36).
2. Reading of Scripture (Jam 1:22; Col 4:16; 1Th 5:27; Act 13:15).
3. Prayer (1Co 14:14; 16).
4. Singing (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16; Eph 5:14; 1Ti 3:16).
5. Administering the Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Mat 28:19; Act 2:41; 1Co 11:18-34).
6. Almsgiving (1Co 16:1-2).
However, if you were to visit some churches, you will find that the service changed drastically from its origin. The importance is not the order of service but the purpose of the order of service. The order of service in the early church focused on solidarity with believers, helping the poor and growing and learning more about Christ. It also served as a community center to the community. Congregants left feeling empowered with a better understanding of Christ. Attending church was “worship”.
Through the years, some churches have lost their purpose of worship. The order of service has increased to impress the crowd instead of glorifying God. The word almsgiving is obsolete because of catchy theme based campaigns to raise money for unnecessary church expansion and not the poor or even their members in need. The pastor manipulates the worship with selected songs from the choir. With awesome choirs, talented musicians and flashy dance ministries, church has become lights, camera, action. Even the praise is restricted because of the camera taping the television broadcast. Some churches have gone Hollywood, and the main purpose, Christ, has left the splendid structure known as the church months or even years ago. People attend these useless services because every Sunday church is packed with people who are operating in habit. The main purpose of having church is lost or downgraded to close to nothing. People waste time in superficial worship and go through the motions every Sunday.
¿Dónde está Jesús? Where is Jesus? Leaders are so focused on growing their church into a mega church they have not even realized that Jesus has left the building. God is not pleased with things that look right on the outside but are empty on the inside. Now is the time for everyone to get back to what matters the most, Christ. The popularity, attention, television fame, numbers and the show are nothing compared to Jesus. Now is the time to bring Jesus back.
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