Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | February 2, 2011

Bible Text, Song Lyrics, and Church Announcements On The Big Screen In Church Poll

I’m somewhat bothered by technology. I duno, maybe I’m being to deep about the issue. I’ve noticed in church lately, Saints are coming to church with no Bible in hand due to all the scriptures being displayed on the “big screen” in the front of the church. (My church has two large screens, one on the left the other on the right). I love the concept and idea because when we sing those old school Pentecostal hymns with multiple verses, I get to sing along to the words on the screen. I also love when I’m not able to turn to the pages in the  Bible fast enough when my Pastor throws out random scriptures during his message, I get to just look up at the screen. But my question to my readers is, should we all stop bringing our Bibles to church because these screens exist now????? I feel so naked without my Bible and I’m wondering how so many Saints have freely started to leave their Word at home. Remember when you use to share your Bible with someone next to you who either was a visitor and didn’t have a Bible or perhaps a Saint who just was in a rush and forgot theirs???? I kinda miss those days. Again, not trying to be a deep wonder (and I certainly recognize every church DOES NOT have a jumbotron in the front of their sanctuary). I’m just curious to know if anyone else has observed this and should we really STOP brining our Bibles to church due to technology WITHIN the church.

What say you?????


Responses

  1. While the “big screen” can be a nifty idea (my church has one in the back center of the platform) – visitors can read the Scripture verses that correlate to the sermon, everyone can read church announcements (they even run after worship services) and sometimes there are neat little visuals to go along with Bible lessons. They can be helpful, too, with showing words to songs and choruses “almost but not quite” memorized, etc.

    Nothing, however, can or ever will take the place of actually holding a copy of the Holy Writ in one’s hands and, with his own intellect, look up a Bible verse. It brings truth to the Scripture verse, “Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you (see James 4:8).” Knowing the Lord intimately takes effort on our part. It just doesn’t magically happen by looking at a screen. Salvation is NOT by works, but is a gift of grace from a loving Savior that has nothing but the very best in mind for His created humanity (see Ephesians 2:9). Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ strongly enough, though, does motivate us into action. Believing on Him causes me to have faith in and believe that my sincere repentance is not in vain (see 2 Corinthians 7:10), and that by being “buried” (baptized) in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of my sins (see Romans 6:4-7; Acts 2:38), I shall be raised to newness of life – I shall be resurrected with Him by receiving the glorious baptism of the Holy Ghost that He has promised to all that believe Him (Romans 6:4-7, Acts 2:38-39, 1-4, Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 21:5).

    As Pentecostals, we’ve always been known as “the People of the Book” (the Bible). May it NEVER be said that “the People of the Book” don’t know their Bibles! Truthfully, how many of you that ONLY look at the big screen at church remember what the Scriptures were later? Hmmmm?

  2. I think there far more important things we as a church need to deal with rather than to deal with if I have my word

  3. Ephesians 6:13-17
    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

    Clear from scripture that we need to put on the whole armour of God. In my view, if I leave my Word at home, I’ve left my “Sword of the Spirit” and I’m depending on “a screen in church” to replace my Sword of the Spirit. To me, leaving it at home does me no good as I wont be able to effectively witness from the scriptures. What will happen if God gives me a scripture in during service that the Pastor is not preaching on at that moment. I dont know about you, but God does that often to me. I’ll be sitting there hearing God’s Word and the Lord will drop the cross reference in my Spirit to look up while the preached Word is going forth.

    My point is, lets not get so technologicaly sound that we start to cut corners when it comes to our relationship to God and His Church.

    Again just my view.

  4. Excellent point P.O.P.! That happens many, many times! Think it not strange. It’s called the “Holy Ghost-filled Life.” When I attended Bible college, I had an instructor that made a statement (which I wrote down in the front of my WORD AFLAME PRESS Bible that says:) “All Scripture will interpret Itself with other Scriptures.” It’s very true! How many different books of the Bible, by several different “authors” (actually, the Lord is the Author) have you read that have a few verses that read pretty much the same, or get pretty much the same point across? Or take a certain concept even deeper? expand on it? hash it out a little more? Is this by accident? Is it because God is boring and can’t think of any other stuff to write about? OR could it be that the Lord means what He says and says what He means?

    Does He possess certain attributes He desires for His people to be knowledgeable about? Does He desire His people possess these attributes also? Could it be that that He desires to show forth His glory through His people, thereby setting them up as a separate, distinct example for an idolatrous world to observe? How would this be known if God’s word was not personally read, PRIVATELY, in secret dwelling places of the believer and the Most High only (see Psalm 91:1)?”

  5. We have a screen and we like it a lot.
    Our pastor will occasionally ask someone in the congregation to read a scripture from the bible he then will expound on it.
    Yes… we need to take our bible with us to church. To me this speaks of how important God’s word is to us. Nothing can take the place of God’s word. Just as nothing can take the place of the hymns we have imbedded in our hearts.


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