I'm inspired by the very real possibility of having an online church with people that want to come together to worship God online, pray together, hear the Word of God and share many aspects of life together.
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While I don't think this is really an effective long term substitute for geographically local assemblies which minister to the needs of the community, I do believe that an online church can be a very powerful and helpful thing for all involved if the Holy Spirit is followed.
It can be very effective in promoting evangelism, certain kinds of fellowship, prayer and Bible study.
The internet has created a whole different kind of community which is very real and very personal.
People can be saved online, filled with the Spirit of God online, delivered from demons online, healed online, and move in the gifts of the Spirit while online. There can also be very real heart to heart sharing and powerful praying. The sharing of all kinds of multimedia presentations is also possible.
There would be times when an online expression is not enough and I think these issues need to be thought about also. But others have pioneered the way already and I look forward to learning more about how they do things.
My experience with online prayer meetings has shown me that God can touch hearts and move as people come together in the name of Jesus to call upon the name of the Lord together. Sometimes, this is more authentic and powerful than many of the traditional ways people have done this in church services.
Some people are unable to find a supportive Bible-believing Spirit-of-God-honoring church in their local area. Until that changes I think there needs to be online communities which function as church fellowships for such people. What we want is for these online communities to have ties to "offline" gatherings of people that meet together in the same home or building. Ideally, people that have fellowship initially online will be empowered to win members of their family and others in their local area to a place of obedience to Jesus Christ, so that they can meet locally as well.
As for me, any involvement I have in online church will not be a substitute for attending a local church, at least not while I am in Australia. I thank God for the local church my family and I attend here. It is a blessing to come together with people who love God and worship God in various ways together.
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