Beyond Feeding On Materials:
Beyond feeding on materials – I have of late noticed a trend amongst many present day believers.
They are gradually replacing on site experience of Christian meetings, gatherings with going on line, downloading teaching materials.
More intriguing are those who will stay in a local church where they hardly feed on its teachings and stay away from where they feed on its materials.
I once heard one say of a church where he obviously feeds on its materials say “I am just not comfortable there; I prefer to be mentored by pastor xxxx from afar”
The advent of technology has allowed many believers the latitude to attempt to review scriptural truths and apostolic instructions.
For example, the church in bible times had the luxury of writing to communicate truths.
Acts 15:20, 23 KJV
 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
They communicated instructions via writing
Ephesians 3:3-4 KJV
 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
All Pauline revelation was equally communicated via the science back then of writing
Hebrews 13:22 KJV
 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Writer of Hebrews too.
Beyond Feeding On Materials John Has These To Day:
1 John 5:13 KJV
 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
I doubt whether they ever imagined a day will come when their words can be heard whilst they are absent, via recordings and much more their live images via videos etc. now transmitted to others.
These are notable ways to transmit Gods word to a wider range of people. Just like the letters, having a personal feel with the audience.
Within their letters were equally contained admonitions, instructions to yet come together.
Since the Church is symbolized by the human body, an assembly or assembling is required.
Feeding On Materials Paul’s Writing To Corinth Epitomized This:
1 Corinthians 5:4 KJV
 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 11:17-18,20,33 KJV
 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18] For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
33] Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
In just a single chapter!
1 Corinthians 14:23,26 KJV
 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
 How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
The Writer Of Hebrews Was Equally Succinct On Feeding On Materials:
Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV
 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
In this we provoke each other and one other far beyond what letters could and would do.
We mustn’t replace one with the other.
There are things MP3 / audio and video recordings can never do.
Physical meetings play a different role and impartation purposes.
Now read the following and think upon them
Romans 1:10-13 KJV
 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11] For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12] That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13] Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
There Are Things Letters Can Never Impart And Transmit:
1 Corinthians 16:5, 7, 12 KJV
 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
Much emphasis on coming and seeing them
1 Corinthians 16:17 KJV
 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
Supply that which is lacking. Not via letters.
2 Corinthians 8:6 KJV
 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Sent Titus to establish you. By grace, divine abilities.
1 Thessalonians 2:17-18 KJV
 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
18] Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
Feeding On Material Things Face To Face Is Consequential:
If face to face meetings were of no consequential importance Paul won’t be such hindered by Satan.
There is much his physical presence will impart his letters can’t offer.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 KJV
 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
We imparted not just a message but our lives.
He had to send Timothy desperately as it were to have that unique ministry
1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 KJV
 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
2] And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
Hear John too
2 John 1:12 KJV
 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
Feeding On Material Things May Not Create The Full Joy:
Face to face that your joy may be full, not via letters.
3 John 1:13-14 KJV
 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee.
Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
Such things only physical contact can accomplish.
Certain Ministries exist only via physical contact.
1 Timothy 4:14 KJV
 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Divine endowments made obvious only via you been present physically.
2 Timothy 1:6 KJV
 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Hands have to be laid for certain things to be transmitted.
All the accurate teachings on laying on of hands and the things of the Spirit can’t get this done.
Acts 13:1-3 KJV
 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Such can’t happen online.
Believers Must Gather:
And you must receive from Gods vessels.
I have been a product of these.
There is no gifting of God I have seen in my life for ministry not traced to gatherings.
You will remain inadequate and ineffective as long as this is avoided.
Never let technological expediency rob you of realities.
Then you find others try to replicate what they read and watch without due impartation.
See, somethings are taught, many are caught.
You must be ministered to.
It’s clear from the texts above.
Timothy knew and could teach scriptures, all the Pauline revelation
2 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV
 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also
2 Timothy 3:14-15 KJV
 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Yet, that wasn’t sufficient.
Many “word folks” aren’t smart in these at all.
They want to set up their own kingdoms.
They often build on exaggerations.
Rather than get sufficiently empowered they attempt to use technology to side step scriptures.
Many lose steam quickly.
These are spiritual principles.
Get into the right atmospheres.
Get ministered to.
Stay in right meetings, churches.
“catch” what you need.
You need impartation.
Hope this blessed you
Let Me know
Have a splendid day ahead
Jesus is Lord, I call you blessed
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.