Growth Through Media
Perhaps you've heard the analogy of the stale lake? The lake that has no outflow. It rains and is filled but doesn't give anything, just keeps being filled. Soon it is filled with algae. It has no beautiful trees around it, nothing growing, no life. It is of no use, like a light put under a box.
We can be that way, fill ourselves with a bunch of Christian things but be of no use to God's kingdom. The Navigators have a tool that clearly illustrates what things need to be consistent in our lives in order for us to grow and in turn be a blessing to others and God's kingdom. Two elements are input, two elements are outflow.
Being connected to Christ as a branch does to a vine is the only these elements are really going to produce fruit. Apart from Him we can do nothing. (Check out the Spirit-filled Life under the Life on Mission tab for more on how to let Him live His life through you.)
Connecting with God through His Word. There are a ton of helps under the Life on Mission tab. But I have found that the internet has been a huge blessing to me in this element. I have access to an entire library of commentaries at Bible Study Tools.
I also love how we have access to what God has shown others through His Word. Great teachers like Jim, Shaddix, John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Howard Hendricks, Priscilla Shirer. What an incredible privledge to get to learn from them living in an entirely different state!
Real fellowship is not just eating with another believer. It is encouraging each other toward living for Christ. (Heb.3:13, 10:24) My Accountability ladies help me do that. And since we live in different cities, facebook is the way we connect with each other. I am so incredibly grateful to live now, in this time period where I get to connect with others and encourage them toward Christ likeness without having to be face to face! Life on Mission tab
God's desire is for the world to know Him and for us to be the means to communicate that (Romans 10:17) Media has provided a way to reach across oceans to unreached people and tell them about Jesus. The name they have never heard. Tell them the story of the God who put on skin to live the perfect life they couldn't live and took the wrath upon Himself that they deserved. To think I get to communicate that with them from my living room to the people across the ocean who will never come in contact with a Christian... Wow!
Here are some great tools to help reach the lost for Christ.
Here is a great way to share the gospel anywhere online. Sign up for your own account and attach your widget or link to anything. Facebook, blog, website... anything you can think of.
Here's a way to become an online missionary and share the gospel with people seeking to know Christ online.
And read about how to use Facebook as a ministry.
And just a reminder that people really do want to know about Chirst
Media tugs my heart to pray for many things.
This site helps me know what to pray for the unreached.
My friends on facebook, the stories of people on the news or the events going on around the world. I am also grateful to be able to send out prayer requests for things I need prayer for!
Speaking of which...
I leave for Cambodia on Wednesday to minister to the young girls sold into and rescued out of the sex trade. Check back to hear how we are seeing God reveal Himself in a very dark place.
Will you pray for me as I lead a team of 12 others? Pray for the other staff, Angi, Erin and Gloria and the students we are taking, Erin, Amber, Cortney, Sarah, Kayle, Jessi, Amanda and Kaitlyn.
I'm linked up with...
Women Living Well, A Holy Experience, Laura Boggess, Finding Heaven Today
7/11/2011 01:25:58 am
What a wonderful post. I love all the links. I especially love the Pray for Lost People link. I am going to have to click around for a bit, but I wanted to thank you for taking so much time (time away from those precious people a the top of the page) to put this together. Awesome.
6/19/2012 10:35:03 pm
Nice blog about the media and the marketing.I like the blog post to read.
I think I nodded through this entire post. You are right. The media has given people a way to SHARE God. I've gotten to talk to many more people sitting here in my chair, than I ever would have IRL. And I've gotten to 'meet' people and read their blogs that I would have never gotten to see if not for the internet. This is a very good post. And I'll be praying for you on your trip!
7/11/2011 04:42:12 am
I LOVE the way that you pointed out all the good things about the internet. I come from a mk background and an adult life of living and serving overseas. Having access to good bible teaching when you are isolated is invaluable. Plus staying in touch.
7/11/2011 07:57:50 am
Thanks for posting links to some wonderful tools!
7/11/2011 10:22:11 am
I echo the other's comments about the timeliness of your posting. I just said to my husband that I didn't to buy some commentaries. And, then you provide the link for this tool!
7/11/2011 08:06:18 pm
Praying for the girls you minister to and the girls you minister with.
Oh, wow - Cambodia! I just said a prayer for you right here in the middle of Starbucks. A world away from where you are going, but I wouldn't know about your trip without blogs, so again - hooray for media!
7/12/2011 11:00:25 pm
GREAT post! And have an amazing time in Cambodia. Our church prayed for these girls just this past Sunday as we support a ministry called Remember Nhu - which saves little girls there. Thank you for being willing to go - may God bless you and the girls there.
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