John 4:19-26

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Real-Time Corporate Worship


“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23

Real-time data (RTD) is information that is delivered immediately during collection. In other words, there is no time delay of the information being provided or activity that is being experienced. The advancement of technology has enabled real-time data to become a reality in today’s culture. In addition, RTD enables the possibility of real-time analytics, when users get insights or can draw conclusions immediately as data enters the system. RTD is essential for optimal product development, military strategy, weather forecasting, navigation, and many other activities. In a pandemic culture, where there are limitations to face-to-face corporate worship experiences, it is essential to utilize this same technology to engage in real-time, live-stream, corporate worship.

We live in a culture that places a high value on individualism. Compared to biblical times when the significance of people groups, families, and generations was great, our world values a self-sufficiency that suggests we can make it on our own...and that has impacted our worship. Though there is value to consistent personal worship, it cannot replace the incredible power generated when believers gather together with one song and one voice, in unity of real-time corporate worship. Hebrews warns believers not to give up gathering together (10:25) while Paul encouraged us to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). In this passage, Jesus suggested the nature of worship, “in spirit and in truth” was more important than the place of worship, and hinted that the ethnicity of worshipers, whether they be Samaritans, Jews, or even Gentiles, was also irrelevant. It is the unity in corporate worship that empowers the work of the church.