Today was the first Sunday I was away from Northridge since June. I'm on my annual study break. During my study break, I plan ahead for six to twelve months of series and individual sermons. This year, my primary goal is to be ready for the topics and passages I plan to teach through April (at least).If it goes really well, maybe I'll be ready through June with the topics.
I do this because it takes a huge amount of pressure off week-to-week. I'll explain it sometime…
Anyway, I don't like to miss Northridge Church. It just isn't the same being somewhere else. This morning I decided to visit two churches online. More and more churches are offering their service LIVE online. I decided to visit two church services, and although I enjoyed them, I'm not a big fan of online church (practically or theologically).
I know that it is becoming more popular and my grandkids will probably tell me how old-fashioned I am and how I'm confusing preference and conviction (although Hebrew 10:25 seems pretty strong to me). I don't know how you can obey the command to "meet together" without "meeting together." But anyway, I definitely am not a fan of "online church" and I'm just sitting here missing my Northridge family.
I can't wait to get back to Ephesians next Sunday.
And – I can't wait to watch the entire service online later this week. Although I certainly won't say that I "went" to church (here at the desk where I'm sitting). I will just watch what others experienced when they went to church. And by the way, I don't think the problem with online church is that you "watch" the sermon on a screen instead of "live" in the room. I think the problem is – you can't BE the Church… alone.
What do you think? Is "watching" church online really church?