The Church of the Old Testament

I’ve so often heard people appealing to Acts and the New Testament as our model for how our church should be today, but I’ve never heard anyone appeal to any Old Testament passages for why and how we should do church today. And I know, in the Old Testament they had a temple, they were under the old covenant, Jesus hadn’t come yet, they were in a much different culture, etc. BUT I can’t help but see some references to the church in the Old Testament. I had the opportunity to teach through Nehemiah 10 yesterday and the last verse is very interesting, it says,

We will not neglect the house of our God.

How easy is it for us to neglect the house of our God? We have the command in Hebrews 10 to not neglect meeting together, but we don’t take it seriously. It’s so much easier to use Sunday as a day off to recover and prepare for another week.

It’s become much more trendy recently for evangelicals to question to authority of Scripture and the necessity of a local church body. But I have yet to find a text in Scripture that supports either of these thoughts. No, it’s not the easy way, and sure there are more things even I would rather be doing on a Sunday, but we have this command throughout Scripture to not neglect meeting together, to not neglect the house of our God.

So how can you go about taking care of the house of our God this week? What things do you need to do in your life to reorient your life around God and meeting with his people? What things do you need to let go of to better serve God?

Don Miller’s Thoughts on Church

Don Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz┬ápenned a blog this week on why he doesn’t go to church very often. And that’s all well and good – people do connect with God better through different ways. I have friends who best connect with God when doing some intense studying, others who do it through painting, and others who do connect to God through singing. Yet Miller’s whole premise is off because it makes church all about him. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating:

Church isn’t about you, your needs, your desires, your wants – church is about God and his people representing Christ to a dead and broken world.

Yet even if someone doesn’t necessarily connect to God through singing, we’re still commanded to do it (Eph 5) and the biggest book in the Bible is devoted to, you guessed it, singing! This singing thing must be pretty important if we see so much of Scripture devoted to it. What are your thoughts on singing at church, whether or not you do connect with it?

For a much more in depth look at this issue, see Stephen Miller’s blog here.