Anyone that knows anything about me knows that I love watching my grandchildren participate in sports, especially baseball and softball. Now that Bill and I are on the road a lot, I watch baseball and softball games on my iphone using a program called GameChanger. I would say it is the next best thing to actually being there. However, it is not the same. I can’t share the excitement with the other fans. I can’t see the proud smile on a parent’s face as their child makes an outstanding play. The players can’t hear me clapping and cheering for them. I can’t hug the player who is upset because of losing the game and encourage him/her to keep on giving 100%. In other words, I really can’t get into the spirit of the game.
I think listening to preaching on television or radio is a lot like watching a ballgame on GameChanger. You hear the message, you sing along with the choir, you may even pray when they pray; but you are still missing out on so much. You can’t fellowship with the other believers, you can’t encourage each other with prayer, you can’t hug someone’s neck that may need a friend. You can’t really be a part of the church. It’s simple not the same.
So, listen to those sermons on television, just as I watch my games on GameChanger. They are a great source for hearing the gospel when you can’t attend church. They are an excellent method of getting in extra study time; but, don’t let these television services take the place of worshipping at a local church. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” As Christians we need to fellowship with other Christians so that we can lift up and encourage one another.
As you can see, it’s not the same.