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Minister's Minute: Is online church sufficient for believers?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many people have had to turn to online services rather than attending church in person.

Whether you want to hear it or not, the answer is a big no!

Allow me to share three things to support this answer.

1. The Church body needs you.

In 1 Corinthians 12 the Bible explains that you and I, as believers are part of the body of Christ, and like our physical body, with different parts and functions, each believer in Christ is likened to a part of the human body in which he or she contributes to the whole.

We need each other - "The eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of you, just like the head can’t say that to the feet.” Can you just imagine what would happen if our physical body did that? (1 Corinthians 12:21,22)

2. Your relationship with God will be impacted.

Dr. Tony Evans recently said that he has been hearing people say: “I don't have to go to church to be a Christian.” And you know what? They are absolutely right. Salvation is through faith alone, in Christ alone. You don't have to go home to be married either, but stay away long enough and your relationship will be impacted. Friends, if you truly value your relationship with Jesus….drop the excuses - it’s time to get back to church!

3. Online creates isolation.

In Hebrews 10:24,25 the Word tells us to NOT forsake the gathering of believers! In Matthew 18:20 the Word tells us that where two or three believers gather together, His presence is powerful!

It comes down to this; online church is a powerful tool and can be a positive way to continue your teachings and deepen your learnings, but it cannot replace the growth, community, or connections you get when you gather together. We as the body should not be simply focussed on consumption, but our focus like Jesus should be about how I can be a blessing to others. There is something special that happens when we come together in His presence, as believers; praising and worshiping our Father God together.

Join a church - Go back to church - Be the church.

-content also contributed by Irmari from Life Church

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