At various times God has chosen to make his presence known at chosen places. The burning bush. The tabernacle. The Temple in Jerusalem. Regarding the Temple, God stated in Deuteronomy 12 that it was THE place to worship, sacrifice, and to experience God's presence in a unique way not available elsewhere.
When Jesus came, he was God-With-Us. HE was the place of meeting with God. John 1:14 states that he dwelt among us - literally, "He tabernacled among us."
Now that Jesus has ascended into heaven and has sent his Spirit, the church, gathered in Jesus' name, is the place of God's special presence! God is present everywhere all the time, but he makes his presence known in a special way when his people gather. In the gathering of the church, we experience God's grace through his people, hear his word, and worship him together. The church is God's plan for his people's good. As a family, discuss how you prepare to enter God's presence ahead of our Sunday gatherings.
The Narrow Way
In Deuteronomy 12 we found out that God invites people into relationship with himself, but he calls them on His terms. In the New Testament, we find that God has not changed! He has made a way for people to be forgiven and to enter into an eternal relationship with Him - but Jesus is the ONLY way into that relationship. Only through faith in Jesus will anyone enter into life! This is true regardless of how moral, kind, or sincere a person is. Without faith in Jesus, there is no salvation or eternal life.
As those who know Jesus and who have found the narrow way to life, we are commissioned to tell others! We are to make disciples of Jesus by inviting others to place their faith in him. This week, pray that the Lord will give you the opportunity to share the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus with at least one person. Jesus has sent us - may we fulfill our calling of making more disciples.