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Where is church?

People in Albany are used to visiting a building on Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon with like-minded worshipers for the sake of fulfilling our obligation to gather once a week.

Some churches hold 1000 members at the same time, while others hold two services of smaller numbers, and some gather in groups of 50 to 80 members.

First, we have to realize the common concept of "church" is incorrect. Some think that "church" is the literal physical building. Others think that the service itself is called "church." The biblical sense of "church" is the body of believers, those gathered, not the place they worship in.

Therefore it doesn't matter about the building or even the room people gather in. It doesn't matter whether we meet in a bedroom, a home, a hotel room, a school auditorium, a cathedral, or an office building. Gathering together is the main thing.

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 10:25).

Today we may gather once a week, perhaps twice a week. But the early church had much more intimacy in their "church." They came together daily at first to establish the faith and edify one another.

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, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:46-47).

Certain denominations believe that worshiping on Saturday is biblical and worshiping on Sunday is likened to that of the pagan sun-god. But no single day to worship is any more biblical than another.

As previously mentioned, some met daily. And others met on Sunday:

Upon the first [day] of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as [God] hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (1 Cor 16:2).

So the important thing is not where we meet as a church, what day of the week we gather, or what the building is called, but the important matter is that we meet regularly to edify one another and remind each other the approaching Day of the Lord.


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