I want to ask a question that is a variation on something I heard Scot McKnight say one time.
The question is basically this: In an age where music and information is available at your fingertips, is a traditional church assembly really a necessity in the Christian journey?
Consider this: everything that happens in a typical Christian assembly can be readily accessed other places…
– Sermons can be heard online – and faith-based blogs can be read. (I’ve listened to more sermons from Rob Bell lately than I have from my own preaching minister!)
– Worship music is readily accessible and only a click away on your iPod
– There is no need to sacrifice “community.” You can still share means with and pray with other individual believers in the same way that early Christians shared the Lord’s supper and prayed together.
– …and you can certainly do ministry work without attending an assembly.
So…whats the point of a traditional church assembly? Is traditional church attendance – particularly in the 21st Century – a valid barometer of one’s faith? And in any event, is it possible that churches spend WAAAAY too much money and time on weekly assemblies (and on the buildings where they occur)?