Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross
This is not a judgment against those of us who have stayed home, especially those vulnerable, for whatever period of time to protect ourselves from legitimate risk of contracting the Coronavirus. It is an attempt to exhort and encourage those of us who have concluded that participating virtually meets what God intends for the assemblies. While we may get to see the church worship and engage in Bible class and receive edification, we are missing quite a bit of what God designed for the church by assembling together.
What can’t we accomplish when we remain in the virtual setting?
- We cannot stimulate one another to either love or good deeds (Heb. 10:24).
- We cannot exhort one another (Heb. 10:25).
- We cannot speak to, teach, or admonish one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19).
- We cannot come together and edify (1 Cor. 14:26).
- We cannot welcome visitors from the community who have come to the assemblies.
- We cannot engage in the enriching, faith-building, and faith-preserving fellowship the early church found so essential (Acts 2:42ff).
- We cannot congregate, as they did (Acts 4:32).
- We cannot come together and eat the Lord’s Supper, as they did (1 Cor. 11:20,33).
Let’s not forget the responsibility God puts upon each Christian to all others who assemble. Worship is not just personal and vertical, it is also horizontal.
4 thoughts on “WHAT VIRTUAL WORSHIP CANNOT ACCOMPLISH”
Great thoughts, Neil. We hope you are well.
Thanks, brother. We are! Hope you are, too.
Chat and comment opportunities on some live streaming options give the ability to exhort and encourage one another, as does the interchange on Zoom and similar media. It is still not quite the same as being face to face and being able to interpret non verbal cues in expression and posture, or being able to hug or high five. Good article.
Yes sir. Great point. I’m praying for an increase in faith and opportunity among our great brotherhood, that more will be able and willing to come back. Appreciate you very much.