The advent of the Internet has opened the door to a myriad of opportunities unavailable to generations of Americans. Some of what comes to us by way of the World Wide Web is a curse rather than a blessing but there is much in the cyberworld that is truly of benefit. Anyone who has an Internet connection has access to a tremendous amount of information. Those who are plugged into the world of the Web are just a mouse click away from interaction with people from all over the world. The individual who turns on his computer to access the cyber-realm can participate in discussions, education and even worship of the most high God.
The Bible says the people of God are duty bound to fellowship one with another. There are those who claim they can worship God while strolling through a wooded park or as they meditate in an easy chair at home. It is true we can commune with Yahweh in this fashion but these practices are no substitute for personal attendance at worship with fellow believers.
Nonetheless, there are times when it is impossible to attend a worship service. There are times when health or some other circumstance keeps us at home and unable to meet with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. At these times a Christian should make use of the vast resources found on the World Wide Web.
Hundreds of churches have a presence on the Internet. The church I pastor, Cottonwood Community Church, has a website available to members and the public at large alike. There are members of our church who are unable to attend on a regular basis for reasons of health and yet they never “miss a Sunday” because they make use of the website to read the bulletin, listen to the Sunday school teaching and the Sunday sermon. This enables them to keep in touch with the life of the Church and to fill the need for worship each Sunday morning.
I encourage you to attend church this Sunday at your local fellowship. If you are unable to do so, I encourage you to make use of your church’s website. If you are not a member of a local Body, I enjoin you to at least find a Bible believing fellowship with a web presence and make it a regular practice to read the articles and listen to the weekly sermons posted there. To help you get started in this practice I invite you to visit us online at Cottonwood Community Church. I pray that you will be blessed in your worship this Sunday.