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I mean I'd like to think so...and people communicate on this site about Christianity, but I was wondering if a virtual gathering counted as well.

The verse I'm referring to is Matthew 18:20:

20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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Careful how you interpret this. Christianity.SE is not a church, and we don't make any claim to be one. This is a site run by a secular company, whose focus is on Christian-themed questions and answers, nothing more. –  Mason Wheeler Aug 31 '11 at 4:43
Second Mason's warning about the nature of this site. See Brothers, we are not Christians for more discussion on that topic. Also follow Can I go to church on the internet? for more on this subject as people answer. –  Caleb Sep 4 '11 at 7:19
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Physicality is not specified at all. Although you could make a case that online, we are in some manner physically present to each other. :)

However, if you are together, praying, but gathered over great distances, I don't think there's any technicality in play, here. God doesn't work in technicalities, but in what's in our heart. So, I figure that yes, virtual gatherings also do count.

There are plenty of examples of people throughout the world using telecommunications to pray together. And I have never seen anyone question the idea that Jesus wasn't actually present. To the contrary, it always is understood that He is. So I would treat this as a common understanding.

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A small number of people may gather in a fancy building, on a street corner, in a coffee house or library, or on the telephone (or yes, on the internet) for worship, praise, and service. Of course, that's the promise of this verse.

It's important to take this verse from Mt 18 in context, though. It comes right after the verses on church discipline, where Jesus urges people to use appropriate means to cope with disputes, avoiding making a big public deal about things that can be handled faithfully by a small number of people.

As is often the case with things Jesus says, there's a streak of radicalism here. Jewish tradition and practice calls for a minyan -- a gathering of ten -- for prayers. Here is Jesus, in the Gospel written for the Jewish community, saying two or three is plenty.

Finally, @Mason Wheeler made a good point. Please don't mistake Christianity.SE for a congregation. If you don't have an in-the-flesh congregation, please consider finding one. Christianity is most definitely an in-the-flesh religion and spiritual path.

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