Lost opportunities on the Web (part 3)
Working in tandem with the Spirit in Online Evangelism (Part 3 in a series)
What if we could provide the Spirit with the Gospel 24/7/365? What if we were able to assure the Spirit that He could count on His Church to provide Him the means to carry out His ministry in the world?
Is He likely to take advantage of it? Only time would tell of course. But, with the Gospel present around the clock and around the world simultaneously isn’t it likely that
- those who don’t/won’t come to our Churches initially and/or
- are just as likely to be looking for spiritual succor at 3am as at 3pm
…will first and foremost look online for help?
Something I don’t think most of us have given much thought to but I’ve always believed the Spirit relies on the Church to provide Him tools for His ministry; not exclusively but, I believe, primarily. Not that He has to but He chooses to.
Therefore, it seems to our small team at The aXiom Network that the more opportunities the Church can provide for the Spirit to share with someone about eternal life the more likely He is to take advantage of them.
Recently, I was asked if our goal of enlisting 100,000 U.S. Churches into our network who will add the Gospel to their websites would realistically make a difference. My response was that while I can’t guarantee that the presence of 100,000 Churches offering the Gospel online would make a difference that I COULD guarantee that without them there will be 100,000 fewer opportunities for the Spirit to use His Church in His ongoing ministry. And, that seems like a needless strangling of the Holy Spirit’s work in the world.
To paraphrase a comment on our website:
“The [Gospel on a Church's website] is to the web what the Bible is to a hotel room, a gospel tract is to a restaurant tab or a prayer lifted up for a person you’ve only met casually. You may never realize this side of heaven exactly the opportunity you gave for a lost soul to fall in love with the Savior.”
The Body of Christ is denying the Holy Spirit the very tool He could use to enable the online seeker to discover Eternal Life. Are we by implication “stifling” the work of the Spirit? It’s not my intent to accuse but to encourage! But, the question remains; what are the ramifications now and eternally of this truancy? The solution is so simple.
What would it take for your Church to provide the Spirit with a simple presentation of the Gospel to lead others to the Savior 24/7/365 and, would you do so even if there was no guarantee that anyone would ever use your site to discover Eternal Life through Jesus Christ? I believe it’s a risk worth taking…
Next time: We’ll discuss some critical benefits our Churches are missing when our websites lack the Gospel.
Serving with you,
Rev. Don Walley, Director
The aXiom Network
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