“All the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved” Acts 2:47. In worship, we come together to praise God for who He is and what He does in our lives every day. Worship, however, is not dissociated from society at large. As we praise God with our time, abilities and resources, we exemplify what this means by extending selfless love and godly service to the people around us—irrespective of who they are, where they come from and how they look. Our worship is love to God and to all peoples, who we acknowledge as part of the big family of God.
As Seventh-Day Adventists, we believe God is the creator who deserves our honor (worship). Revelation 14:6… “WORSHIP him who MADE the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.” Several nations on earth honor their heroes for their contributions to human society with special holidays and monuments. Likewise, we believe God as the creator of everything that exists, deserve glory and honor through worship.
The purpose of the Church is to be a center of divine worship—a place where likeminded Christians gather to enrich each other through prayer, bible study, inspiring messages and godly service. There are those who consider the Christian religion as something personal (or perhaps impersonal) and thus, find no value to associate with a denomination or ‘church’. They do not see the need to unite with other Christians and clearly belittle God’s plan to unite His people in the ‘church’.
At Osaka international SDA, we believe that the church is not a building but the people. Christ is the foundation and the center of this group of people who gather at a specific place to worship God and edify each other. The Bible records in Matthew 16:18: “And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Here, we are told of Christ’s explicit plan for the ‘church’, a formidable one that can stand every tide and wave of natural and supernatural forces against it. Elsewhere, we are reminded: “For other FOUNDATION can no man lay than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST.” The church is not an arbitrary human institution. Its founder is Christ and He is the center of all its activities. In case we ever come to wonder the crucial role of the ‘church’ and its relevance to our lives, the Apostle Paul admonishes, “let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. The Church, then, is literally a meeting, where bible believing Christians gather to worship God and encourage each other through the direction of the Spirit and God’s word.
We also believe God has set aside a day for humanity to worship Him since the beginning of the world. In this day, we spend the time to worship and honor Him. Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy”. Hence every Saturday we meet to listen to God’s encouraging word for our daily lives, fellowship with each other in joy and love, and participate in activities that edify the group.
We worship God individually and cooperatively. At the individual (or personal) level we do this through the way we live: selfless service and godly love. Cooperatively through church worship meetings of prayer, bible study or song service. You are kindly invited to join us anytime whether Christian or not.