Douglas Estes, in his book SimChurch, describes the experience of creating an avatar (virtual character) and visiting a “virtual church” at a website called Second Life. His online character is able to experience a church service with all the usual elements of a real-world church – congregational music, sermon, offering, and communion.
“What’s in your ministry toolbox?”
“Have you read this book? It’s going to change our church for the better!” “Yeah. Plus we’re going to use some cool social media that will really rejuvenate our ministry!” Christians seem to be magnetically drawn to all the latest and greatest ministry innovations.
Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount with a reminder not only to hear his words, but to put them into practice (Matthew 7:24–27). Jesus expected people to respond to his teaching by taking concrete action. The apostles carried on this expectation in their ministry, illustrated by the crowd’s response to the apostles’ teaching at Pentecost: