Today's encouragement comes from Acts 24:14, which says finds Paul say-ing this:
"But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets." (ESV)
This is a pretty bold statement made by a former super-strict pharisee, re-garding the comprehensive primacy of the New Covenant church's worship and life. Whatever Paul still performed—in reference to the old temple and the old forms—it was done, not out of the essentials of true worship, but as a civil nod to a passe, eclipsed system. He viewed NT church worship in Christ as the genuine fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
May we do the same as Paul did; and have his enlightened attitude. To lose God's worship, is to lose our souls.
[Puritan quote of the day: "[God] calls upon us from time to time in His Word. He is calling us by His written Word and by His preached Word from Sab-bath to Sabbath.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon entitled, "It is Well for us that God is Not as we are"]