Can Watching An Online Sermon Be Considered Church?

by Dale Partridge

In the age of digital church, both Christians and pastors need to ask themselves an important question, “Can watching an online sermon be considered church?” In other words, is viewing a sermon from the comfort of your couch a valid alternative to the gathering of the saints as described in the Scriptures?

The root of this discussion is anchored in our definition of church. If church is “the hearing of a sermon” then digital church sufficiently meets the requirements of that definition. But if church is greater than a sermon and the Scriptures present a more robust definition then we must examine if this generation’s celebration of digital church is biblical or not.

In this episode, Dale Partridge looks to the Scriptures and the theological purpose of God’s people to collect the Bible’s requirements for a valid church meeting.

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