Acts 2:46, Did Christians Worship in the Temple?

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts

//Answer to today’s question: yes. Christianity was merely an offshoot of Judaism. It essentially was Judaism with one important claim: that the Messiah had arrived.

So long as there was a Temple in Jerusalem, Christians continued to visit there. It was at least a decade after the Temple was destroyed, and many decades after Jesus died, before the rift between Christians and Jews became severe enough for Jews to put the Christians out of the Synagogue. That is when writings began to crop up in the Bible that appear anti-Semitic.

Here are a few more verses that verify that the earliest Christians continued Temple worship:

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. –Acts 3:1

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. –Acts 5:12 (Solomon’s porch is part of the Temple)

But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” –Acts 5:21

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. –Acts 5:42


  1. Abdur-rashid

    Christianity was not taught by Jesus.Jesus observed all religious Jewish rites in his lifetime. Christianity is therefore a strange religion to the memory of Jesus. Paul, a Roman who never met Jesus is the founder of Christianity.

    • Paul did meet Jesus. Acts 9

    • Jesus taught “take up your cross and follow me”. Therefore “Christianity” or “following Christ” was taught by Jesus and consists of living life the way Jesus did and taught. “As He is, so also are we in this world”

  2. no he isn’t! this is old but you are showing your ignorance. read ecclesiastical history by eusebius, written in the 300s. James, Peter, and Paul were all killed. and jesus set apart the twelve, and the seventy BEFORE his crucifixion! they were sent out without purse and script and preached the gospel. and Peter was the head of the church, not Paul. you also have contemporaries of the apostles like Clemente, polycarp, and papias. most of the writings of papias don’t survive except in fragments, but he was taught specific things by John that normal Christians would find blasphemy now. his few writings survive do to ireneaus, a Christian in the second century. although the second century was a time of mass confusion, I believe enough contemporaries lived to show that the apostles had been United in faith together, but confusion set on with their death. Jesus was the founder, not Paul.

  3. Joseph Delli Gatti

    A very important factor in all of this is that John The Baptist and Jesus Christ weren’t raised in the temple. Their learning came from channels outside of the standard recognized Jewish faith. So, either Jesus and his teachings were blasphemous or they were restoring a power, authority, and Gospel that had been lost over time – and the Jewish faith had gone astray.

    Jesus Christ served two purposes: restoration of true Gospel, and also the fulfillment of the Word/law. He was a Jew. And His gospel was the restoration of the true Jewish religion. In order to follow and adhere to the true principles, the people had to consciously correct their understanding, repent, and be cleansed of the errors that had put them in that place of weakness and subjectivity to Roman rule as a result of their religious weakness.

    This temple was the Jewish temple, and these Jews were changing the tradition and rules of worship and practice of religion. Not all Jews were onboard. And not all we’re willing to let go of their resources and traditions in favor of this new seemingly radical change in their church.

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