Worldwide, over two billion people are active Facebook users monthly. About 1.15 billion people are daily mobile users. Whatever your feelings or habits are regarding social media, please keep reading. You, and thousands more, have an opportunity to influence kingdom growth … using social media.
“Technology” in History
People LOVE to communicate. For the last 2000+ years, they shared the good news of the gospel through many channels. Justin Wise, founder of Think Digital says this, “When we look in the pages of the New Testament, we see the writings of St. Paul. Do you know what he was writing with? A pen. Do you know what he was writing on? Paper (technically papyrus, but you get the point). Believe it or not, both were cutting-edge technologies back in the day.
“Martin Luther leveraged the moveable type printing press to get God’s Word into the hands of regular, everyday people like you and me. In fact, Luther is quoted as saying the printing press was the ‘highest act of God’s grace.’
“Foursquare denomination founder Aimee Semple McPherson felt a divine tug to use the radio broadcast to share the message of Jesus. Billy Graham is famous for his televangelism crusades. More Christians embracing communication technology to further the Kingdom.
“From our humble beginnings, the church has always found ways to communicate the gospel message through any and all means available.” 1
So What About Today?
What is our current reality? Not every person on earth has access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, 28.4% of the world’s population, representing over 6,000 unique people groups, has no access to the gospel. That is 2.1 billion souls. And technology? We have unprecedented opportunities to do evangelism and discipleship online, using a variety of technologies including social med
You may be thinking, “I don’t have any contact with unreached people, virtually or otherwise.” This may be true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t influence the global growth of the Kingdom of God, even to the least and the lost.
Consider the flow of news clips, updates, videos, and other random postings shared on Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, and Facebook every day. Every hour. What if we started sharing some of the incredible stories and good news of people hearing the gospel and coming to faith? What if we flooded these social media channels with the true stories of remarkable church planting movements penetrating unreached people groups? What if the news of rapidly spreading disciple making movements got out and people heard the growth rate is exceeding the population growth rate? What would happen if the real story of unprecedented numbers of people turning to Jesus in traditionally Muslim countries went viral?
So much joy! The angels would rejoice with us as we raise a chorus of praise to God! Much more informed prayer as people heard of the needs. Finally, the flow of information would open up access to all kinds of partnership … people going, sending, praying, and giving. The Kingdom of God would claim more hearts for Jesus, and the enemy would take a major hit.
One Challenge is Telling its Stories Online
This is why One Challenge has a Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We use them to point people to this OneChallenge.org website. We refresh it monthly with new stories of God’s work around the world. We want to raise a virtual chorus of praise, prayer, and partnership for the glory of God and the advance of the kingdom. That is the true value of going viral!
We are challenging you to pray about …
- How can you engage your Facebook page for his kingdom?
- How can you leverage the technology you already use to amplify the praise in heaven?
- Will you share one of OC’s Facebook posts?
- Will you quote something from one of our stories on your Twitter feed?
Using Bookmarks to Praise the Lord
We have captured the heart of this exhortation on our newly printed bookmarks.
If you would like some bookmarks for yourself, or to share with friends and family, to encourage them to use social media for the Kingdom, please write firstname.lastname@example.org. We have the three designs shown in this article.
Technology has literally made it possible for us to communicate with “the nations.” Together let us give thanks to the Lord and tell the world the great things God is doing!
1 “Social Media and Christian Ministry: Reaching the World for the Kingdom of God,” Christianity Today, Feb. 21, 2014.