WHY WE BUILD HOUSES OF WORSHIP?
GOD COMMANDED HIS people to build a temple in His name. This is what God said to His people in Haggai 1:8:
“Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the LORD.” (Haggai 1:8 NKJV)
The temple is called the "House of God":
“How he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” (Luke 6:4 NKJV)
It is also called “House of Worship” because it is here where God’s people worship Him:
“But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.” (Psalms 5:7 NKJV)
Thus, God is glorified and honored when we obey His commandment of building houses of worship:
“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,’ says the LORD.” (Haggai 1:8 NIV)
It is also called the “House of Prayer” because here the servants of God pray to Him:
“And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'” (Matthew 21:13 NKJV)
God promised to hear the prayers made in this place:
“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (II Chronicles 7:15-16 NIV)
Thus, knowing the importance of building the House of God, the Church Of Christ is fully committed in carrying out this commandment. At present, the Church has built thousands of houses of worship all over the world. The most prominent of which is the Central Temple along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City in the Philippines which was dedicated to God on July 27, 1984.
The continuing increase of Church membership all over the world creates the need for more houses of worship. Indeed, the houses of worship built by the Iglesia Ni Cristo serve not only as significant landmarks indicating the presence of true Christians in every community but, most of all, serve as a clear manifestation of the Lord’s presence.
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