Supplementing Church Services

While pulling a flatbed for Arrow Trucking out of Tulsa, OK, I covered 125,000 miles and 46 states during my first year over the road. It was a blessing to attend many churches across the nation. Some I thoroughly enjoyed, others I found lacking. Not always was it possible to park near a church, however. There were many truck stops that allowed a pastor to conduct church on Sunday. Sometimes these services were in the truckers’ lounges. Others were held in converted semi-trailers. Several times a local church would send out a van or small bus to collect truckers, taking them to the services at their churches.

There were other ways to listen to church services too. As most of the newer trucks had CD players incorporated in the AM/FM radio, many preachers made CDs of their services and left them at truck stops in their areas. Not always was the quality “state of art,” so to speak. But mostly they worked well enough to hear a Sunday service.

It seems today, with churches still either under mandatory lockdown, or voluntarily suspending Sunday services, that this might be a way to reach those with no other means to hear their local church service.

As Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out a sermon from 1964, this is only a supplement to actually attending church: Why Preaching. In this sermon he says that many feel they can simple read the Bible and not need to attend church. Pastor Lloyd-Jones points to Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, as written about by Luke in Acts 8:26-40.

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”[b] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:26-40

It is the preachers role to preach Jesus, and to expound upon the meaning of the scriptures, according to Pastor Lloyd-Jones. He furthermore is adamant that one must actually sit in a seat in an assembly of other Christians to fully receive this teaching.

This brave new world in which we live has brought new problems, and old solutions might well be something G-D might wish for us to consider as a supplement to gathering in an assembly of Believers. Hearing the sermon, whether online or from a recorded CD is at least a valid supplement.

L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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