For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10


Friday, December 31, 2010

Over 20 Reasons to Be an Online Missionary

 Adapted from Gordon Marcy’s blog entry entitled:
25 Reasons to Become an Online Missionary, June 16, 2010

1. Two million people are going online every day to seek help with spiritual issues like loneliness, addictions, suicide, abuse, divorce, hopelessness. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)
2. God has created a network to reach these searching hearts that are saying, “Please tell me about Jesus.” The Apostle Paul said, “By all possible means (the Internet) I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
3. Technology has made it possible to travel anywhere in the world without ever leaving home, even to the 64 countries, or about one-third of all nations, with “high or very high restrictions on religion.” (2009 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
4. You have a love for the lost and have always wanted to become more active in personal evangelism.
5. You don’t have to leave your job, take a vacation, go to seminary or raise thousands of dollars to share the Bible, pray, or conduct personal ministry with real people.
6. Any Christian using the Internet can do it — students, teachers, stay at home moms, pastors, business executives, farmers, doctors, soldiers.
7. Training is not difficult and can be done online from home on your own schedule.
8. You don’t have to know who is open to the gospel.
9. The ministry is personal and can go “very deep,” as evidenced by these actual responses:
  • “How can I know that God loves us?” M., Philippines
  • “I need Jesus so desperately. Indian hemp has taken over my life and I don’t know what to do. I believe it is only God that can rescue me from this bondage. I hope to hear some advice from you.” E., Nigeria
10. You don’t have to be quick on your feet or an expert in evangelism. You will have access to outstanding resources to help you respond like 226,018 Bible Questions Answered! 
11. You will guide new believers into doing online Bible studies individually or encourage them to join a weekly online small group Bible study.
12. You will have the privilege of praying for those who are struggling and others who haven’t yet learned how to pray.
13. In your lifetime you would never be able to physically impact the amount of people you can reach online.
14. You will join a community of workers doing online ministry from all over the world…exchange online evangelism techniques, share stories of God at work and pray for one another.
15. You will be encouraged by personal testimonies from fellow online workers:
  • “We see bits and pieces of struggles that people are going through and then think, “Wow this is who God is entrusting to me.” It has really helped me to see a bigger picture in life and do more in other ministries also.” Fred
  • “I really feel so blessed to have this tool every day. What could I do that’s more important than this? And I do it while eating raspberries in the comfort of my kitchen while a load of laundry is drying. Amazing, so amazing.” Margaret
16. It’s a way to balance out recreational uses of technology with redemptive ones.
17. It’s safe! No one sees your e-mail address and no one can send you spam. It only takes a few minutes a day to respond to an email inquiry.
18. It’s one of the most cost effective evangelism approaches ever developed.
19. You will deepen your own understanding of foundational truths and strengthen your confidence for talking about your faith with others.
20. The world is increasingly online and you believe the future of ministry must include some form of digital missions to stay relevant.
21. You could be the catalyst for getting others involved in online mission work.
22. Your pulse quickens at the idea of partnering with media ministries using cutting-edge technology to share the gospel worldwide through video, text, and mobile phones, in multiple languages.
23. It concerns you to know that if Christians aren’t online to answer the questions of spiritual seekers and to tell them about Jesus, they are vulnerable to false teachings and other destructive forces.
24. The digital “Roman road” has been built and is reaching into every part of the world.
25. The Matthew 28 mandate, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,” doesn’t leave anyone out.
All nations must certainly include the nations and people that can be reached online.
Internet evangelism doesn’t replace other methods of sharing the gospel. But, let me assure you of four things as you pray and consider online missions. (1) If you have a heart for the Lord and use the Internet, you can be an online missionary. (2) You will touch real lives. (3) The Spirit will help you respond. (4) God will bless you.

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