Author: Addison Sutton

Church Architecture 7 Oct

Changes In Church Architecture

The architecture of the churches has evolved over time. For instance, the basic construction feature of a church is that it is designed as a cross; it is usually shaped as a long and a central rectangle along with rectangles on the sides, one in front that represents the altar space which is also called the sanctuary point. Churches are characterized by a dome along with a vaulted space created in the center which draws attention skywards or towards the heavens. Often churches also represent a circular form which is representative of eternity or the shape of an octagon that is a star shape, representing how a church brings the light of faith and enlightenment to the world. Another characteristic feature is a tall tower or spire that is created on the west end of a church that represents the crossing.

Church Architecture

There are several instances of how church architecture has evolved over the ages. For instance, the Norwich Cathedral that was built in the Middle Ages in England is one of the earliest instances of Cathedral architecture. The origin of church buildings and their architecture forms can also be traced back to the Roman civilization. When Roman Empire embraced Christianity as a religion, Pope was given the most important position in the church as well as ceremonial rights. At such a time the architecture of the churches, especially of cathedrals rose to prominence.

Certain old and disused churches have been converted to from universities, schools, even venues for theatres, cinemas, and other public buildings in the modern era. On the other hand, the trend to convert old buildings and use them as places of worship is not unusual. Hence, there are certain unusual venues that have converted to churches such as a former garage used for buses, an old tram station, cinema, even a windmill – these are some unusual venues used as churches in the UK. In the modern era private real estate companies along with the church, management enters partnerships to manage and redevelop church properties. Some of these efforts are towards reviving and preserving old age church architecture.

 

Bible 7 Sep

Bible And The New Generation

For school children it is important to be taught how to believe in the Bible, said to be the word of God. Indeed, when children are told by assertive religious leaders that it is the words in this Holy book that will guide you and you need not doubt nor have fear about anything, it helps to build a support system of belief that helps youngsters have a strong sense of faith to rely upon.

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Indeed, those who have undergone gospel sessions when messages from the Holy Book are read, conveyed and asked to be accepted as truth, it helps to instill the seeds of faith in a higher power that will keep us strong when the going is tough, help us listen to our conscience and know how to base our judgments on.

Many religious groups often wonder how to get across to the Millennial and instill faith or a sense of religious belonging. For that, in Christianity, a relationship with the Bible is important. Though it still remains one of the most read books, there is growing skepticism that is seen in modern generations and many of the Gen X and Millennial generations do not hold the words of the book as sacrosanct as their previous generations did. However, that is an attitude that is taken towards most holy or religious scriptures as the olden times depicted, the archaic language and references used often do not make sense or have relevant meaning to the modern generations.

Though there are modern digital formats of the religious texts like the Bible, the problem is probably not going to be solved simply by where the religious texts made available to children and others of the younger generation. As in missionary schools and those attached to churches and faith communities, it is important to use a social concept to create the right environment by placing the seeds of faith and influencing the youngsters with the words of wisdom as laid in such texts. Many communities have come up with dinner church and similar ideas that are based on socialization programs. My friend at asbestos removal Vancouver has created a dinner group like this with incredible success. These include having meals together, coffee, maybe and form social groups of people who come to know about each other. This then helps to create the platform for discussions on faith and can help to foster an environment where discussions on religion, on what is written in the Bible and Bible stories are encouraged.

Sanctification Of Churches 13 Aug

Sanctification Of Churches

The word sanctification, especially in the context of the church, means something sacred and the term “sanctified church” could mean any church in general but this term is specifically used to denote Pentecostal Christianity. This is a movement that was brought by slaves in American soil and hence, this church movement has certain religious and cultural traditions that are unique. At the time when Christianity in the New World was introduced to the slave community, this particular movement came into being. The churches that belong to this movement have a large congregation of blacks, though people of different ethnic origins are also found to be part of such churches.

Sanctification Of Churches

There are certain traditions and beliefs of a sanctified church that are cornerstones of such religious places. It is believed that grace with God is achieved through good works and through prayer. Certain individuals are sanctified or blessed by God and become vessels of the Holy Spirit. They are chosen to spread His words on earth and that can be said or spread through different ways such as glossolalia or through dancing.

The services that are held in such churches are exuberant and noisy. It is said that individuals who are chosen to be vessels or hear messages from God are moved to express as the Holy Spirit wishes them to do. This involves dancing, singing, speaking, clapping hands, going into trance, engaging in different kinds of behavior through which they express their feelings or relationship with God.

Sanctified churches have ministers who preach sermons which focus on helping individuals in distress and spread belief in the Lord and his son through good works done in human society. There are revival sessions as well as mass baptism that are held in churches. Such churches are non-denominational where different people from diverse creeds come and worship and are encouraged to visit for services that are held here. The exuberant services in such churches set them apart from conventional modes of services and prayers in other churches. However, certain ideas of sanctified churches stay true to the main ideals of Christianity, such as everyone participating in spreading the word of God and expressing themselves in the way they wish to.

In general, these churches welcome people to attend the services but expect people to be dressed nicely and be respectful to others. Those who are considered to be vessels of the Holy Spirit and might be losing physical control are given support and assistance. Everyone is encouraged to join in singing hymns and shouting amen along with the group that has congregated.

church building 5 Aug

Tracing The History Of Church Buildings

A church is not only the place to go for worship for those who follow the faith or religion of Christianity, but it also represents a distinct architectural setup and features that distinguish churches across the world. There are certain features that are common church building designs. For instance, traditional churches are designed in ways that the overall structure represents the cross which is the main symbol of Christianity. The plan view of a church building would reveal that the aisle is the longest section of a cross while the junction area is where the altar area is located.

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Distinguishing features of a church building

The main feature of resembling a cross in the building layout of a church might be the most significant but not the only one. Most church buildings are characterized by domes or towers. These are added so that the eye of the viewer moves heaven wards and inspires the visitors who come to a church or view it from afar. There are different layouts and styles in modern church buildings; often other buildings are converted to form church buildings and hence the architecture in modern churches tends to differ from those erected in earlier times.

Early church buildings

The earliest buildings that housed the Christian church were house churches. These were prevalent in 233 to 256 AD. There have been numerous parish churches, cathedrals that have existed from 11th to 14th century, to be found in regions of Western Europe. Cathedrals were found by the faith followings of Roman Catholic, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox and other sections of the religion and formed the seat of a bishop. As per the New Testament church, buildings were not built by early Christians. They usually gathered at the homes of people or worshiped in places like synagogues or Second Temple as was the practice of the Jewish community. A house church was the first evidence of a church while the 3rd century witnessed the building of halls that were meant for worship.

By the medieval times, the building of cathedrals started as well as parish churches. These started to appear in several parts of Western Europe. Cathedrals and parish churches were not only places of worship but also acted as meeting place or hall where banquets were organized as well as for guilds to congregate. Fairs, as well as mystery plays, were also performed in cathedrals. Churches in olden days were places to store grain and acted as thresholds.