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Come onâ€”it's 2014. Every church should have an online presence. Your church people and your community are there, so you should be as well. But that is different than referring to something that happens via your website as a "church."
Can an online gathering of Christians be classified as a church? Let's think through this by asking five questions. (1) Should Churches be Online?
If a church is not online, then it is not actually engaging the culture. A church needs to be where the people gather and they are online and on social media sites.
Pew Research found that 72 percent of online adults use social media. Every age group continues to experience growth, particularly those over 65 who have tripled their usage in the last four yearsâ€”from 13 percent in 2009 to 43 percent this year....
Jim Lincoln wrote: But, physical presence of the congregation is expected Hebrews 10 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.---NASB A church member presence is expected on a regular basis for church services.
Jesus said, "I was sick, and ye visited me," and also He said, "[W]here two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Moreover, if people visited the sick, and assembled together with them (where the sick reside); the assembling being in Jesus' Name; the chronically ill who are shut-in in their homes, nursing homes, and hospitals... then the scriptures of assembling together, and visiting the sick would be fulfilled. Until there are men to carry the sick to church as did the men who lowered the sick man through the roof lowering him unto Jesus ~ I believe that it cannot be required for the chronically ill to attend Church services.
I have been willing to be carried into services, and have had no one to help me!
Sorry to hear that Jessica My church has been accommodating to the handicapped. It has signing for death for years. Unlike Muhammadans, we're accommodating to seeing eye dogs, etc.
The sermons are broadcast over the Internet, and almost always the connections are excellent, it even comes in handy for me, when some of the fast food joints I go to give me something that wasn't designed for the human stomach (Oh at 6:00 p.m., or so, Central Daylight Savings Time, you can see Gil preach when you go to, Indian Hills Community Church and the connection should be on the right hand of the screen.
But, physical presence of the congregation is expected
Hebrews 10 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.---NASB
A church member presence is expected on a regular basis for church services.
As a shut-in, I am thankful for all the church presence online ~ yet, I wish more church-buildings had accommodations for persons with disabilities: such as specially equipped washrooms, seating to accommodate persons with hip replacements, and wheelchair/walker access, but sadly many do not!
In addition, I also believe pastors need to advocate their congregations to visit and help people who are shut-in!
Strat, Thomas... Good point, most Churches are social clubs.... SteveR... (I should change my name, people get us confused) remember Bible, not traditions of men... It wasn't an apple. Don't freak over my iPhone. (Or my iPad for that matter, lol)
if you are going to tithe to the online church, you should also ask for them to give you a sabbatical year off, just like you do at the 'bricks and mortar' church. and if you stay 49 years, you can have them pay off your mortgage in the Year of Jubilee.
Thomas the Doubter wrote: Why oh why does the church keep thinking it needs to "engage the culture"?
Beter yet why doesn't it realize it did engage the culture and lost because the culture both now and in the past has no interest in God...put it down to man centered religion where people think they are the ones who do the saving and as such every program and system they come up with to "engage" the culture has merit.
We are told to deliver the message and let it fall where it does,on good or bad soil,hard or soft hearts and shake the dust of those who reject it from our feet,but man centered religion can't do that because its ego won't let it, of course its always under the self rightous guise of "loving" the lost so much which lines up perfectly with modern liberalism since we know they know whats best for us better than we do.
I heard one guy say once the he "refused to let people be lost" ....check your ego there pal.
Stevenr wrote: And good luck taking the Lord's Supper.
No need for that iphone app
Ever seen the apple logo? The bitten fruit? Many people already have the AC Euchrist imprinted on their phones and computers
Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.