The church was one of the first institutions that God created in the Old Testament. When He brought His people out of Egypt in the Book of Exodus, creating a place to worship, taking part in sacrifices and developing a faith-based community was one of the first things He did. Once God’s people finally settled into the Promised Land, the church was at the core of much of what they did. When David took the throne, one of his first acts was to build a temple where people could gather to worship, pray and commune with God.
The New Testament saw an evolution of the church into something that more closely resembles what we do today. Instead of simply being a place where repentance is sought and worship is offered, the church became a life-giving source of hope for the community around it. The Book of Acts provides a beautiful history of the early New Testament church and the way that God wants His people to impact their world.