Free Online Resources for Your Local Church

In light of all that is happening in the world right now, many churches are moving their worship gatherings online. I know a lot of larger, urban churches have probably been doing this for some time now, but this might be a first for smaller or more rural congregations. In an effort to help, I’ve compiled a list of free resources to help your local church transition to gathering digitally.

Live Streaming

There are many ways to go about live-streaming your church service, but for the sake of this discussion I will only be looking at free resources.

Facebook Live

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Facebook Live is a powerful live streaming tool that any one can use for free with a Facebook account. If your church has a Facebook page you can stream directly from your page.

Pros: You can like, share, and comment on the live video. Once you are done streaming it will save directly to your videos. You can also embed the video to your church’s website later.

Cons: You cannot customize your feed without a third-party broadcasting software.

 

YouTube Live

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The second free live streaming tool is YouTube Live. If your church has a YouTube account you can easily start streaming videos which will save directly to your YouTube channel.

Pros: YouTube is arguably the most popular place on the Internet to watch videos. You can potentially reach a very large audience beyond just your congregation.

Cons: The social aspect of liking, share, and commenting is not as strong in my opinion. If the video is public, it is open to abuse in the comment sections.

 

WIX Live Stream (App)

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If your church has a WIX website, you can download the Live Stream App in their app store. If you don’t have a WIX website, it is free to create one. However, if you want to connect a personalized domain name you have to purchase it along with a hosting plan.

Pros: Every video you stream is automatically uploaded to your church’s WIX website. You can customize and personalize your video player to match your website’s design.

Cons: The WIX IOS app has given me trouble in the past with the mobile stream feature. It is prone to crash when I switch from WiFi to cellular data.

 

Broadcasting Software

OBS

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For free broadcasting software, I recommend OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). I tried it for the first time this Sunday and it worked great. There is a little bit of a learning curve at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s fairly easy to use. This will allow you to have multiple video and audio sources, as well as, add graphics and text to your video feeds. I used it this Sunday to stream a Google slides doc and the video/audio of one of our pastors preaching, all on one screen.

 

Learning Management Software

Learnnn

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Perhaps your church is also considering moving its Bible studies or courses online. If so, learnnn.com might be a good option. I have used it in the past to create online ESL classes for private tutoring. To be clear, these would be courses that you prepare ahead of time and then have students work through at their convenience. It is really great for creating online quizzes. I also love that you can customize your own page with a personalized logo and colors. They even have ready-made bible courses that you can add to your own page.


Video Conferencing Recommendations:

Facebook Messenger

Zoom

Google Hangouts

Online Bible Courses:

The Bible Project

Thirdmill

biblicaltraining.org

The Gospel Coalition

International Mission Board

What Do I Believe About...

What Do I Believe About…Christology?

Hey everyone! I didn’t have much time to write today, so I am posting something I wrote for one of my seminary classes. I have had many people ask me what I believe over the years, so I plan to post some academic posts like this every now and again. Please don’t shy away from asking any questions you might have. Also, if you see something that concerns you from a theological standpoint please let me know. I am not inerrant. Blessings to you and yours!

Christology Confession

I believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only begotten Son of God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man can approach the Father except through Him. He has eternally existed as the second person of the Holy Trinity; He is the Alpha and Omega. Jesus is the Word made flesh and the Creator of all. Jesus is the promised Messiah and the Savior of the World. Jesus is the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (John 1:14; 14:6; 1 John 4:14; Revelation 19:16; 22:13).

I believe that the Son of God can be seen in the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament. The Son of God appeared at various times prior to His incarnation, carrying out the will of the Father. In addition, the prophets of God foretold of Jesus’ coming, life, death, and resurrection hundreds of years before His birth (Genesis 3:15; 22:11; Psalm 22:1; Isaiah 53; Daniel 3:25).

I believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. Jesus is not simply a good teacher or a great prophet. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He grew in stature and wisdom as any earthly man would. Jesus was tempted in every way that humans are tempted, yet He never sinned. Jesus Christ is the only person who successfully and perfectly fulfilled the Law. During His ministry, Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, cast out demons, made the lame to walk again, and raised the dead from the grave. He taught and spoke as one with the authority of God. Jesus is the only one with the power and authority to forgive people’s sins (Matthew 1:18-24; 5:17; 9:1-8; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 4:15).

I believe that Jesus laid down His own life that the world might be saved through His death and resurrection—no one took His life from Him. Jesus was falsely accused by the Sanhedrin, and condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. He was beaten beyond recognition, then was nailed to a Roman cross. Jesus suffered the wrath of God the Father for the sins of the world—past, present, and future. He truly bled, died, was buried, and rose again victoriously from the dead three days later (Matthew 28:5-6; Luke 23; John 3:17; 10:17-18; 1 John 2:2).

Following His resurrection, I believe Jesus appeared to His disciples and many others. He ascended into Heaven where He sat down at the right hand of the Father. Now and forevermore Jesus Christ intercedes on behalf of God’s children to the Heavenly Father. He is the only mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ will one day return to judge the world and destroy evil. He will one day cast the Devil, demons, and every person whose name is not in the Book of Life into the lake of fire. He will make a new heaven and a new earth where the redeemed of the Lord will dwell with Him for all of eternity (Matthew 25: 31-46; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 10:12).