Can the church be the church online?
I’ve felt closer to you people, my online community, than I’ve felt to people I know in real life. Honestly. And it’s a bit frightening to me. I’m not sure what to think of this new reality.
See the proof? Badguy, me and Phat:
It was a great evening with constant conversation: getting to know one another, life stories shared, encouragement given, challenging thoughts exchanged concerning our faith in Jesus.
It felt like church. Community in Christ.
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. ~Philippians 2:1-4
I could easily confess the times I haven’t done this well. Too many times to count. But today, I want to focus on getting it right. We had a good time sharing our common faith.
I am glad to know it can be done. All too often we don’t enjoy that type fellowship as we go to our local church week after week. The building is not the church. It’s just a gathering place.
This past Thursday night, we gathered at La Madeleine’s in Plano, Texas. We ate fattening desserts over endless cups of coffee. (Thank the Lord for decaf!) We closed down the place. But for Texas, that was only a few minutes past 10pm.
We had church.
It all started online…