Monthly Archives: August 2010

Meeting Face-to-Face

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrew 10:25

It is so easy to get drawn into our mobile devices and computer screens in doing social media, especially ministry work. Streaming video of worship services, online tithing, and tweeting scriptures are all great innovations. In many ways they help to enrich our spiritual lives. However, let there be no doubt, nothing replaces face-to-face fellowship!

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al) simply augment our face-to-face ministry. It does not replace it. The laying on of hands cannot be done online. The early church devoted themselves to the apostles’  teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and prayers. Acts 2:42  Christians should talk together, worship God together, and  enjoy each others’ fellowship!

The Internet and social media are fantastic tools for connecting people, both online, and in real life! But, it’s not enough to just sit in front of the computer screen, or engage on the Blackberry. It’s also about getting out and meeting people, breaking bread together, and serving others in person, face-to-face. There is a spiritual blessing in maintaining that vital human connection!

When connecting exclusively online, it’s easy to become depersonalized. Sometimes, we might say something online that we might not say in person. Face-to-face Christian fellowship is a powerful means of grace! ” Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (New Living Translation). See commentary.

While digital social media offers great tools to share the gospel, we definitely should not forgo the blessings of meeting up in real life fellowship.  Acts 2:46-47 

And finally, we all look forward, with great anticipation, to experience the ultimate meetup, when we’ll meet out Savior face-to-face! 1 Corinthians 13:12 (See commentary.)

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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Serving Others Thru Online Ministry

 

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Ministry comes from the Greek word diakoneo, which means  “to serve”. In the New Testament, ministry is viewed as 1) service to God, and 2) service to other people in His name.  Jesus provided the ideal model for Christian ministry. He came not to be served, but to serve! (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45)

Sharing a relevant passage of scripture on Facebook is an example of serving God by sharing His Word with your friends online. If someone you know needs a job, tweeting the web address of CareerBuilder on Twitter is serving another during a time of need. Both are excellent examples of using social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al) to serve and minister to others online.

As ministers, we employ love and humility to meet people’s needs on behalf of Jesus. (1 Peter 4:10-11) Out of our devotion to Christ, we minister to others impartially and unconditionally, just as He did.

Today, ministry has come to be associated with only pastors, who often pursue it as a fulltime vocation, and devote their entire lives to ministry work. Thank God for pastors!  However, ministry is not just restricted to pastors. All Christians should be involved in some service to others. (Romans 12:3-8, 10-13, 2 Timothy 2:24-26)

And while ministering to others’ spiritual needs should be a top priority, we certainly can’t overlook the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs either!

Digital social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al) provide great platforms to address many of these individual needs. Social media can be used to provide websites for relevant resources, words of encouragement, prayers, and  a caring , listening ear!

Habitat for Humanity is a great example of a Christian Ministry that uses its online presence to help meet the housing needs of those struggling with poverty across the nation and around the world.

Social media, definitely, offers some truly amazing tools to reach out and serve others through online ministry! The fantastic part is they’re mostly free, and right at you finger tips. Why not use some of these great tools to enhance your ministry?

Question: How do you use social media to serve and minister to others?

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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