Why You Should Go To a Physical Church & Not Online
My favorite time of the week is waking up on Sunday morning and going to church. I can't express the joy I feel worshiping our creator with fellow believers. Delving into God's Word and singing praises to Him, I feel closer and more connected to God. But what if I just stopped going to church? What if I decided just to do church online? What would happen to my source of joy and peace? Take a journey with me and see if we can answer these questions together.
Internet: Good or Evil
The Internet has connected people across the globe. It's a unique tool we can use to reach others for Christ. Technology is a powerful tool. Like all tools, they can be utilized for good or evil. The devil does not want us to serve God and is a master deceiver. Satan has put many obstacles in our path to make it hard for us to follow God. Put on the armor of God and stand strong my fellow believers. We do not have to succumb to his evil plots. Although the Internet can be filled with bad content, it also contains wholesome, creative and all kinds of helpful information along with the muck. Help me use the internet for good and not for evil.
Good, Better, Best
A lot of people who use the internet are between the ages of 15 and 34. According to statistics, about 38% of the US population is reported going to a physical church, but in reality, only 20% actually attend. What percentage of the U.S. population goes to church on Sunday mornings? More and more people are using the internet or mobile devices to read their Bible and watch sermons online. The physical church is being replaced by the web. Millennials are more in tune with the Internet than they are with God. God wants a relationship with you. He cares about you and wants the best for you. He allows us to make our own choices. Watching sermons and listening to worship music online is good, but don't you think you ought to choose what is best? St. Jerome once said, "Good better best never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best." St. Jerome Quotes God doesn't just want what is right for you, He wants the best for you. It doesn't matter if that best is an online church or a physical church. Choose what is best for you.
A fellow blogger and Christian Ed Stetzer writes, "Every church should have an online presence, but a physical presence is necessary as well." Is an Online Church Really a Church Many churches tape their services and put them online for people to watch or re-watch. This can come in handy. There was a lady in a church who got really sick, and she didn't have the strength to go to church personally; therefore, she watched the services online until she got better.There is nothing wrong with online churches. God's Word tells us that we can worship Him anywhere, anytime, and in anyplace. It is not good for us to be alone. God created us with a desire to be with people. God created a church for us to fellowship and support each other. If you are an introvert like me, then you know that being around people can be exhausting. I encourage you to dig deep down and take that step to spend time with fellow believers. We are the body of Christ who is meant to work together to further His kingdom.
Life gets busy, and we find that circumstances get in the way of going to church. It's easy to turn on the TV or google search a church service online. Personally, I've watched services online. They don't satisfy like going to church in person does. I am not you, nor do you have to be me or I you. God made us each unique with different needs. If the online church is what you need, go for it. If going to a physical church is what you need, then go. Do what you need to do for you.
Change can be hard and even scary. I recently learned from an amazing woman of God that it is ok and worth it to take risks for God. If God is leading you away from that church, you grew up in or a church you just don't feel God wants you in anymore, then listen to Him. Following God is your number one priority. Find a church that fits best with you. Take courage and don't be afraid. The Bible says 365 times not to be afraid. That's one time for every day of the year. In the Bible, Jesus' disciples came to Him to complain about other people outside their group healing the sick in Jesus' name. Jesus rebuked His disciples. These people may not be in our group or do exactly what we do, but they are serving me just the same.Online churches have their place. If you live in a remote place or there isn't a church near you, online churches are a good avenue to praise and worship God. I encourage you though to stretch your fingers and research a church that you can personally go to. Nothing beats that sweet fellowship with fellow believers.