Dan - Good post. I belong to a house church fellowship meeting with members from Montgomery County, Preble County, and even Richmond, IN. We have been using Zoom to keep in touch. I agree with your thought that "we really did not need so many costly programs and facilities to fulfill our destiny of glorifying God and enjoying Him forever!" I have been making similar statements to many of my friends. In my experience (I'm only 46 years old), Church life without expensive entertainment tends to draw less people because entertainment draws a crowd. Miracles, signs, and wonders also draw a crowd, but the daily grind of dying to ourselves, carrying a cross, and following Jesus is not always "fun" or "entertaining", at least in the eyes of the world. Simple Church life, without expensive programs or entertainment, can be very refreshing and very family-like. Keep enduring to the end! Boyd W. Gentry
Boyd, thanks for your comments. I am greatly encouraged to know that I am not alone in my observations. I am not totally against miracles, signs and wonders to draw a crowd, since Jesus performed miracles and drew large crowds. The result was more people heard the Gospel. Big events in our day can also be useful in this way.
The problem is when we depend upon them as believers who should be learning to live in the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit every day of their lives.