The World is Changing – Should The Church Change?
John 17:14-17 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (English Standard Version)
Ok.. time to fess up, time to share a bit about what motivates me to do all this internet stuff. Ready? I am passionate about the church being relevant to the world. I believe the church needs to:
- find out where people are and go there,
- find out what the real needs are and meet them
- find out the modern communication methods and use them
My view informed me founding The Bible page on Facebook and Praying People and this very blog. I asked the question, where are people? How are they communicating? What are their needs? And then I set about meeting them as best I could. The world is massively changing, what worked 10 years ago just doesn’t cut it any more. And yet the salvation message of Jesus Christ is still very relevant. Check out this very interesting video by clicking the play button:
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My question is, how are we the church going to engage with this new reality, this Social Media Revolution? How do we do this without becoming a servant of the world? John 17 states, though we are in the world, we are not of the world, though we might use contemporary approaches ultimately our focus should remain fixed on Jesus. So while we interact with the world we need to remain firmly loyal to God, sanctified in the truth. How do we do this? By immersing ourselves in God’s truth: The Bible. We spend time reading, reflecting, considering, praying over, seeking the truth, within the Bible. We give the Holy Spirit the chance to work on us, transforming us!
And so we should not be scared to interact with the world, to even make use of the worlds techniques and approaches, but in the midst of this I share a warning: we must keep our eyes firmly fixed on God.
Last July I wrote a paper called, The Bible in the Digital Space for a conference I spoke at in the UK, in it I explain what exactly the massive internet driven revolution is, and how we the church need to respond. To read it online: click here.
What do you think? How should we respond to the growth of the internet? I would love to hear from you! Your comments are so important, so be bold and tell me what you think in the comments section below!
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