Tell It To The World- Using Social Media for Ministry
July 17, 2013
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4 NKJV). When these words were penned over 2000 years ago, modern technology did not exist and social media was not created. However, the prophecy tells us that it would happen in the “time of the end.”
We are in a wonderful and fearful time as we see the instant ability to share personal and public events through social media at anytime of the day. The responsibility for content distribution is up to our desire and imagination. This means that we can reach people with the Three Angels Messages even if we are lacking opportunity, revenues, or abilities. This translates into, “We don’t have anymore excuses.”
The long arm of technology has broken down barriers, removed walls, bypassed locked doors, and given people opportunities to hear about the love of Jesus from the comfort of their living rooms. This is the “knowledge shall increase” part of the prophecy being fulfilled in our lifetime. Let us not forget that the human one-on-one approach is still the best “method” of reaching people and giving them the truth in living form, and technology just expands our reach and methods.
Social media gave many the possibility to attend General Conference Impact South Africa 2013 without physically being present. Young adults from around the world were engaged and shared the messages from Impact South Africa with family and friends via social media. They eagerly await Impact Europe in 2018 for another opportunity. Imagine if more believers would use technology as a way to share a message of hope and salvation, how far would we be today?
Matthew 28:18-20 communicates to us to go baptize and make disciples for the Kingdom of God by sharing the lifesaving Words with everyone in the world. Technology has sounded the call and opened up the field to whosoever will answer this call. The harvest is ripe but the labors don’t need to be few.
Take time to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets to change the lives of those around us. Share some encouraging words, invite to special events at your church, or create a blog for a ministry. These are just some of the ideas that technology offers for sharing the message of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Kenn Dixon, Communication & Media Director for Southwest Region Conference
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