Your Local Group Can Visit With Ours Via Teleconference
During the Feast of Tabernacles this year, we tested and proved a method for conducting interactive Bible studies from a remote location. Over 30 people in a Rapid City hotel conference room were able to conduct an interactive Bible study with Norman Edwards in Gatlinburg by using special telephone equipment at each end. People at each end could hear each other—even while they were talking. Also, tapes of Gatlinburg sermons were transmitted via telephone to the Rapid City group—they began hearing a sermon less than an hour after it finished in Gatlinburg.
We would like to offer this service to home fellowships in North America. We are not offering it as a regular way to conduct Sabbath services or Bible studies, but as a one-time event to help start or encourage interactive services. Ultimately, each believer should be able to assemble with other available believers and be able to have a service dedicated to the Eternal—using whatever spiritual gifts are available. "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1Pet 2:9) Hopefully, every group has someone who can read the Bible and speak encouraging words to others. There may or may not be people who can lead in singing, play an instrument, facilitate an interactive study, exhort a group, teach a group, heal the sick, prophesy, etc. Not every gift is necessary for a service. You can start with what you have, and ask Christ to take care of what is lacking.
If your group is interested in sharing an interactive study with Mid-Michigan Sabbath Fellowship, please call 517-543-5544 to schedule a time. All you need is a group and a room with a power outlet and a place to plug in a telephone. The only costs involved are the shipping of the special telephone and the cost of the call—probably less than $25. —NSE
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