Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
Advancement in technology has come with many unintended consequences that even affect the way we go about our church life. These days one can “participate” in a worship service thousands of miles away by streaming online, or watching on TV in the comfort of their home or hotel room. So, does this mean that soon or later technology will be a viable alternative (or maybe a rival) to the traditional church worship as we know it? Is even corporate worship still relevant or necessary? I mean, why be local when one can be global—or glocal for that matter! If salvation is personal, one might argue, why can’t my spirituality be as such?
“If salvation is personal, one might argue, why can’t my spirituality be as such?”
To be fair, online worship services can prove helpful to people who may be in places or situations where it is difficult to access Christian worship services of their confessional persuasions or those conducted in their languages. The problem comes when someone refuses to get involved in corporate worship just because they feel they do not need other Christians. Someone said that although salvation is personal, it is never meant to be private. Hebrews 10:25 exhorts us, “ Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Whenever Christians meet together every week, they bear a testimony to the world that they belong to One God and are members of one family. True Christian growth and maturity also occurs in the context fellowship with other believers. Yes, technology may offer us other opportunities to get involved in worship but it should never be seen as a replacement of corporate worship.
“True Christian growth and maturity…occurs in the context fellowship with other believers.”