Have you ever wondered why God gave so many specific and detailed instructions for worship in the Old Testament tabernacle but so few for the New Testament church?
You know that the law of Moses is filled with everything you’d want to know about how to sacrifice on God’s altar. The book of Leviticus alone can be overwhelming. Why then would God place so little information about the operation of the church in the New Testament?
Here’s another question from a different angle: Did Jesus Christ die on the cross so that God could move worship services from Saturday to Sunday? Was that the whole problem – that He just needed to change the day, get rid of the animals, and institute some new rituals, and then people would start obeying Him more?
I hope you will think about these questions and give them serious consideration. In the meantime, know this: the New Testament church was temporary housing for those who believed the good news about Jesus and were waiting on the kingdom of God. At the end of the New Testament time period, the kingdom came and those who had been faithful knew it. They came to realize not only that Jesus was the Messiah, but that the Messiah was God! They also realized that this God now lived in their hearts to love and direct each and every one of them. Therefore, they no longer needed the structure of church. The church continued on, however, led by those weak in faith who kept looking for a physical return of Jesus. That church keeps splitting in generation after generation – there are currently over 30,000 separate versions of church.
Therefore, today there are two churches: the one that you see with your eyes, and the one that only the Lord sees because it consists of those who truly believe in Him and serve Him. God didn’t leave us a procedure manual for church because we don’t need one. We just need to live in the omnipresence of Jesus and keep His commandments.