If you are a pastor, a church staffer, or just someone who zealously wants to uphold The Great Commission, it may do you good to be tech-savvy. Tech now connects people, and the computer and the Internet are great tools to enhance a Christianâ€™s ministry.
With quite a schedule to run after, a pastor might not have time to rifle through tomes of different Bible versions. Yes, the Word of God is consistently life-giving, but the richness of His Word is given more dimensions when different translations are used. Like in Rick Warrenâ€™s book Purpose-Driven Life, the shades of the meaning of Godâ€™s Word are captured in a richer, more beautiful light when different translations are used.
In another angle, it would also help your ministry if you are on a secular social networking avenue. Letâ€™s face it, there is an estimated number of 6,606,971,659 Internet Users worldwide as of 2007, according to Internet World Stats. If you could just hang out on Friendster, or be on Multiply and ramble your thoughts on God away, you are bound to reach at least, well, look at the stats!
The Great Commission, by the way, is:
Matthew 28:19-20 (New International Version)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When before the Internets was used predominantly for evil: making bombs and pron, today, to those of you who have tired of the empty life, maybe you could check out the Bible. Or this pastorâ€™s blog?
Maybe itâ€™s time to ask, â€œWhy do those Christians seem to be full of joy?â€
And if you are enticed enough to ask, â€œCan I share in that joy, too?â€
By all means. And weâ€™re ready to extend love and acceptance. And lots of it.