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Regular warship time

16 Jun
Jesus Preaches from a Boat. H. Hofmann, 19th c.

Jesus Preaches from a Boat. H. Hofmann, 19th c.

I am currently grading papers for the online religion class that I teach.

One of my students had said this: “I agree with your paragraph regarding the neglecting of regular warship time.”

My reply:

“regular warship time”

This mistake you made can lead us to some real insight.  Worship is a time for the believers to gather together to hear God’s word, being challenged, convicted, comforted and encouraged in Christ.  Interestingly, we talk about going to church – and we call the buildings themselves church – but in truth, the church is really the believers themselves – perhaps its more that we “have church”.  And the church is of two parts: the church victorious (those saints who have died and are with Christ in heaven now) and the church militant (those believers in the world right now, who are “strangers” and “aliens” in this world, and are asked to be in the watchtower, “stand firm”… to stand in defense against Satan with the Word of God [Ephesians 6]).  We “hold the line” in Him!

Traditionally, the church has been likened to Noah’s Ark.  We are saved by being in this ship!  And this is why in many traditional Western churches the area where persons sit or stand is called a “nave” – which connects with the world “naval” and “navy” for good reasons.

So, I think it is helpful to think about regular warship time.

FIN

…to go along with this post: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2013/07/pope-francis-boat-altar-reminds-me-of-the-boat-pulpit-even-a-boat-church/

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