The Synagogue Versus The Temple


The Synagogue was primarily a teaching ministry – worshipping God by the rituals of reading, repeating, and teaching his Word.

The Temple was primarily a sacrificial ministry – worshipping God by the rituals of songs, offerings, and eating.

The Church in Acts embraced both (Acts 2:42) with the “Breaking of Bread” (Eucharist) as their Temple sacrifice and “Apostles’ teaching” as their synagogue.

Whereas the Temple of Israel was singular for a singular covenant people, Christ has torn down the curtain and opened up the Temple for the world. And since the Day of Pentecost, the Temple has been multiplied to spread throughout the world.

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.