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#Evangelism- Part 2

Naison Chitiyo

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  • May 27, 2016
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Devon if I would thank you so much for the information that we've already been able to share the discussions that are going on the testimony that we've had from the experience of everyone here and a prayer that you may just continue to help us to learn from each other from one another to see how it can be more effective in reaching out to people for you. So the third part of our workshop is entitled The digital age so we introduced this in the last part again this is going to handouts so you can have them and I just didn't get them to at the beginning just in case curiosity tempt you to read ahead of me so I'll keep them until the end. But yeah the digital age. We establish the first that the world is truly global and the question is not so much with the of course those or Jesus ever use social media as a way of reaching out to people but the question is more I guess we have what would Jesus do for Twitter what would Jesus tweet and really so we try to think how do you actually use social media in a way that would actually impact people for the better and not for the worse I think you often find that in every single thing there's always going to be a way that God can use it for His glory and say you can use it. In a way that dishonors God For example Jesus went to feasts Jews went to parties but they found parties that Jews would never have been a part of and so it's not always the event in and of itself but it's kind of like the attitude of the person who's approaching it that modifies the whole thing and so yes there are drawbacks. But I believe that those who would use don't have a Twitter handle or something I'm sure. We read this person acted toward us. And he says that you've been my witness is where Jerusalem and in Judea and so Mary I am today and what can you notice about those four P.. That I mentioned. It goes from the inner circle many cause out here ever had the statement that charity begins at home. When we do eventually. Where do you often begin in reality in our experiences. We want to stalk to the strangers right we want to start at the end of the earth so I would think you can live please you know that crowdfunding page I want to be a missionary in the Mongolia or something like that and think oh have you done anything around your neighborhood first and your family and your friends that's free and so really the point I want to share with you. Is that this whole digital age that we had already spoken about it means that we are more connected than we were before family that it's all about connectivity when you think about yourself you have your own personal network. Base you obviously then they your family you can choose them so they're just they're. Your friends you have some choice you name or you associate with that you work with at work you interact with them a university in lectures you have your. And your neighbors old also be a part of that and then you have the infamous Joe Bloggs the random stranger on the street tested that no one knows when we do evangelism we often want to talk to Joe Blogs and we never really talk to our friends our sources or our family. Why is that. Is it just a novelty or is there a reason why we don't share with our friends or maybe you do share what makes you share if you don't share. Or if you don't change what is it that makes it easier to speak to present. Rather than your own family or your neighbor's. Life. Because that rejection is more profound when someone actually care about and they are pinion matters and I think sometimes the. Consequences if. Something. Like. This is you can just tell. It's easier to a bunch of strangers because you don't have to see them again when you're ventilator somebody who is in your inner circle. The day that they're rejected you used to them again tomorrow. This. Time. Exactly so. And then when never doing a follow up on your blog so jobless or just LOST IN TRANSLATION We never actually speak to him again but it's great because you know we've took a picture of it and again we can put in the messenger and it was a success. You made any real impact and sometimes we have done. More effective if we actually reached out to people that we can reach out to over and over and over again. Probably. Right yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. But I think. Yeah I mean like for somebody. I don't. Know that. Yeah. I do. Feel like. I know. My friend. But now I. Care. Where. Christians are. Going yeah they asked me when I was younger I was like. Yeah. Yeah. Now I feel. Like five days a week people yeah. Times to just share something. And. They feel good. Sharing after it's been. On for. Just the respect and some of them are like. So. You don't have to be ashamed of it. It's something and when you share a different. Name you help. Yeah. Yeah. And I want. To live. Because. This. Is. Something. Christian. You know. Things. You can always. And I think. I'm going to. Win this. Oh yeah. I am. Good. Testimony. You know I think I can relate with why it's so hard to witness your friend in your. Growing up I had a very very irrational fear of rejection. And that whole idea of. This. The one thing that I hated most about church was about. I don't know why I'm doing this work God has his own sense of humor. Don't knock him. Like you know you know can this door and then there's that. Ten seconds that last for a lifetime and you have no idea if you're going to be greeted with a smile or an anger or a darkness like you just don't know they open the door where you've been speak to in the closing and all the different just like I used to hate vandalism. When your friends are you know why are you doing this evening you know this week and only going to a friend's house instead of saying I'm going to I will study. You know ask you know what I do and sat on a Saturday you know just just you know we've been friends or family you know thing I'm going to church you know through a car know that you're christian all the different and we had to hide I used to find it so difficult to actually tell people I'm different and I think it's just the whole thing is like feeling like you belong is a very very fundamental part of the human experience that's why God says it's not good for man to be alone you make him someone like you and when you feel like you're alone is the hardest part of it being a Christian. And so that's why I always now think about everyone basically share the gospel. When posters are of the Gospel imagine if you went to a restaurant with your friend and you had a three course meal and then you finished this and then you're walking out of the restaurant and when your friend says you know I'm not really that hungry what would you say to that statement. You have Going to a restaurant and you have a three course meal with your friend and as you're walking back home your friends and you say oh you know Christoph I'm really not that hungry what would you say to that statement. The last statement makes sense. If. You just had a three course meal so why would you be hungry right when Paul says I'm not ashamed of the Gospel in makes no sense unless if there was a reason to be ashamed of the gospel. That's what I'm going to say when you look at the Book of Acts it talks about how Christianity was viewed as a sect as a cult basically all the things that people sometimes attach to Adventism. And so it makes no sense for course I'm not ashamed if it was popular he's saying that he was not ashamed of proclaiming something that everyone else looked down upon he wasn't ashamed to be different. And so we should not be ashamed to be different to. When you look at the Apostles really evolution is about building relationships do it in networks bring confidence Christ method he won people's confidence before he bade them follow me and wherever they went. They tried this is where you come to try to find a mutual ground common ground with people who they did not necessarily speak to live for example you look at the apostle Peter when you were speaking of the people in act up to seventeen the Greeks progress and then he starts saying you know I was looking around your churches how you worship and I saw that you have this outta that sweet into the unknown god I'm going to tell you about that god but you do not know he started off where they were and then if you read Acts of the seventeen he says you know some of your profs some of your poets say they are some of your point say that he quoted what they already knew and then you broke down the whole Gospel and how God is not worshipped by temples made with human hands as all he needs nothing he found a common ground and then he related with them and then he gave them something that they did not have so when we say that we're supposed to be distinct We are saying that we're supposed to be exclusive or supposed to go out as if we're better than other people we go out and we find how we can be able to find common ground with people and then we can be able to take them from where they are to perhaps where God needs them to be. To share this idea Paul wrote in the book First Corinthians have to live with twenty to twenty two and he said to the Jew I became as a what age you two when the Jews and I said to those who are under the law I became like one under the law so as to Windows under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law so as to win those not having the law to the weak I became what weak to win the weak I have become owed things to all men so that by all possible means I might win some in other ways what poor thing is that I was always looking for a way of relating to people that I was trying to reach if they were of this particular class I would think OK what part of myself with my conscience can I use to relate to as much as what they have and then be like them so that I can be a part of them winning their confidence he was adaptable in other words sometimes we're a bit too rigid do you think we have a way of how things should be done how we should eat how we should speak how should dress how to do all of these different things we never think how are the people around me going to perceive me so our behavior is important because it impacts our beauty to relate with people that we're trying to reach. So there's a difference between compromising and acting just know us not to compromise but to adapt so we can be able to build relationships advantages of our relationships someone says that we never bow tie strangers with friends and I think that's a very extended true even when somebody has come to an event for one because someone else told them about it. Jesus himself was a very highly social being whether he was speaking to a little child to a social outcast like the woman caught in adultery or the woman of the well he behaved in a way that broke social boundaries he was not limited by what everyone else said was acceptable he did what he needed to do to win the soul so the woman of the watches I think why are you speaking to me I'm a I'm a Samaritan you Jews don't speak the Samaritan emonges I'm not here to act how the Jews act I'm here to do what needs to be done to win you for God and sometimes we have to change our what we thing. It is acceptable behavior sometimes because something what we say is acceptable is simply tradition what we are used to what we are accustomed to and we have to sometimes think bigger than our present experience because you can never always really grow inside of your comfort zone. When it is about building relationships we talk about this before Facebook or social media. This is a chart there is an organization that's called We are social What they do they track kind of like the uses of social media in different parts of the world and so this page is specific to the United Kingdom produced so it's up to date. And it's basically saying that before we said that fifty two percent of the U.K. population actively use social media off that fifty two percent you're thinking which social media platform is the one where people are actually using. Facebook is forty seven percent so that by far the most popular place for to go along with that Facebook is Facebook Messenger thirty two percent so if you Facebook is very much popular but then also what's up is quite popular as well Twitter twenty percent and Instagram and then Skype and Snap Chat Now I think that this is often neglected you know something you ought to have someone and when they move forward to go to university or you know. Just use Skype. If not your phone so allows us to connect in real time with people who are not necessarily in the immediate vicinity and that's a powerful tool that means that no longer had to write a letter that takes three months to reach there he can just dial up someone just call them and say church of Corinth How are you doing. So if we were. Here and is really just thinking you know those thing that we find in everyday places. And use it for the glory of God. You can use to communicate with your boyfriend or girlfriend your parents who are in a different country. To someone you know and I would talk about why that's relevant later on as well but I have a confession to make. I was one of those people who four could ANY GOOD THING EVER come from. I didn't think it was possible for anything to glorify God. I'm not the only one I don't actually know what's not just from what I've heard. Something there's nothing good there something amazing happened on Friday. Or Thursday. And so one of my other responsibilities I just like resourcing so is printing booklets and ordering the printer. And all the different things and also the material that we had for evangelism Now I wasn't able to do it myself so I got my helper to help me and putting together the books and all the tracked in the D.V.D.'s that we're going to be using for vandalism she took a picture of it and then she just. She took a picture she said. You know this what you're doing this week and you know sign about all these books and amazing things that one. Her friends not just respond and says Oh that looks so interesting can you buy one for me. And one Christian friend from the university. And then. She was like yeah sure you can have it for free if you want to because we're going to give them for free anyway it's like you know you go in there to look for people who want these resources if you're going to come and beg them for me of course I'm going to give them to for free and so you know she offered to give them for free and then a day later it progressed now I think it's become like a bit of a trend in conversation so when someone asked me something along the lines of movie night you know coming to watch those D.V.D.'s the most incredible prophecy the odyssey that's what they want to do and we come over and watch the D.V.D.'s just because someone showed a picture of what they are doing. So apparently something good can come out of that I didn't think was possible but if it is that can be used to real people for Jesus Christ. And it is really amazing that it's not so much that you have at your disposal. But it's how you use them and what that also demonstrate will probably come upon this later on as well but it just goes to the whole thing silent testimony your life is a witness but it's actually just opening a second opening wedge when people come back to you in the say why are you different then you have to give them a reason for the hope that is within you if you're just living your life and never actually opening your mouth then talking of actually really hear the gospel I mean how are you going to demonstrate the mark of the beast with a silent life you know. Righteousness by faith and it's all of the different things like our lifestyles can actually be aware of when it was confidence opening up their hearts before actually speak to them by you often find out when you live your life they will come to you and you don't have to go to them and say this is what I believe they're asking why are you different they're monitoring the when you talk or you're a vegetarian for spiritual reasons or for personal reasons it's amazing but that means that they have come to you and us you are you. Because you're spiritual then you can say yes and they can explain why they ask you stuff even if sometimes they won't appreciate you pushing it on them. And we'll talk about that later on as well. But one thing that I wanted to mention. The time spent with the media I guess twenty six to. The average time in the U.K.. That someone uses the Internet via P.C. or tablet three hours and forty seven minutes at an average per day. And that's in addition to yeah that's an average and that's in addition some of that is simple will probably do more than this and sample might do for less and some put on to watch T.V. or oh well here are not don't use the Internet or you know grandmothers and all that kind of stuff but three hours and forty seven minutes that people spend on average on the Internet. In addition to that. Is just just an average so you could be you could be at work you could be setting him up for work or you could be watching You Tube or whatever it is just on average. The average daily television viewing time two hours and forty six minutes. The average daily use of the Internet via mobile phone an hour and thirty three social media via any device so people on average go on Facebook or Twitter for an hour and a half a day. That's an average. This average is taken across the whole U.K. population among young people I'm pretty sure that this is a very very modest average. Of how people actually use the internet do you feel that that would be a very some reflection. How many if you where at the message I hope all of you are the message last night what were the title of the message. Every morning God forbid that this statistic should apply to us when we're claiming to be too busy to have a consistent. There are so many different things that can act as destructions and you can say I'm so busy I'm so busy but when it's done in Inventor my life I'm thinking OK when I say I'm busy what I actually mean and when you check back in those days when I get back home and I'm like oh I'm a bit tired I'm just gonna listen to a playlist on You Tube for twenty minutes and then turn into two hours but it's OK because it was a gospel playlist but actually just maybe last two hours or you could have been doing something more effective when you're just passively just staring at a blank screen. It's very easy to get caught up in this trap because it's so venerable that something you can access it without even thinking about it. Television viewing time two hours and forty six minutes that's a lot of time and then we say you know can I pray for half an hour or that's too long I don't have time but we spend. Six hours a day on the Internet and the T.V. How much time does for an actually reading I was about the corners of this gospel. We don't even know what it is to take time to memorize scriptures do take time to just understand the basic tenets of our faith or are we too busy sometimes we are too busy doing nothing and that's the biggest trick he won't get you to go and do those things that you don't even like to just keep you busy when you're busy doing nothing so that's something to bear in mind but then what it also means on the reverse it means that people are constantly online so that means that there's a very very large you know you could go on the bus in summer for five minutes what if you were to share something by social media they have an hour and twenty minutes to look at it so it broadens your opportunity your window of opportunity in a sense. But it is something that we should bear in mind if up to five S. fifteen and sixteen he says therefore be careful how you walk or how you live not as unwise men but as. Kind of people wise making the most of your time because the days are evil on the opening address Friday where they told us you know we're living in solemn times in these solemn times how we're actually using those solemn times. A personal inventory thing that we can do assess how you are interacting with the digital world is it bring you closer to God or is it actually the means of bringing further away. At any event. When Paul says I become all things to all men. How does he know what to become. Here what. Message. Or things over and one poor thing himself to the do I become a Jew to the Greeks I became a Greek to those without the law I became like the those without the Law How did he know what to become. He got to know that he understood what they were before he tried to become like them. You can be a vandal without taking time to actually understand who we are trying to reach because what it shows us is that one method cannot be used for every single place and it is not a one size fits all just because something works in a specific situation just because Doug does something specific way doesn't mean that you should do that on every single contact you meet because the people he was meeting here is what we do now for a very specific reason we can't just copy and mimic what everyone else does we have to take time to understand where people are coming from Dublin that we have to invest time in relationships. And then when you invest time in relationships you understand what to say what not to say and how to say. The world that we live in today you could describe it as being postmodern. Maybe even post post modern What are the some of the fundamental principles of. Well read from the screen. There one of the fundamental features are if you can maybe relate with this when you speak to people they say that day's North thing is absolute truth so that you can have. Someone go if that's how you feel. That's why that's fine because. Absolute truth everything is relative and I. Tracked. That but it's not exactly. So literate people now live in a world where they think you know it's true for you but it's not true for me. Is it true is it not true you know if I want to go over. The past month. There's not such a thing as absolute truth. Truth. Truth here it's an absolute statement that you're making. More Oh yeah so. Logical. We ourselves you know. Exactly. What. Basically says that and you find people. Who are not wanted to be told what to do. People are controlled without realizing it but it is the Realizing trying to control them they will resist so a lot of people are following beyond this agenda or can US agenda without knowing that they're being influenced the cause the thing that they're making a choice but if you tell them this is the right thing to do those say no but when they feel like they're exercising their own freedom they're more often so it means that we can always go to when they say three ways to heaven who are thinking what about the other things you know who are you to say that there are three white therefore but then when you think you know how can we get to heaven it modifies the whole experience more willing to engage in conversation but they don't know how they want to be preached to so I guess in the context of social media. Now and so there's not Truth is one tenant the second one of the traditional authority is false and corrupt people are very very anti government there's always like religion establishments there's some kind of conspiracy theory someone is trying to hurt us you know Illuminati this illuminati that people are just very very skeptical of organizations it's pretty organized church when they look at our history you know all religion so much evil in the world people just want to control you I want to be a part of the church have you ever had that before you find that people would say that they don't want to be a part of charge it doesn't necessarily mean that they don't want to be spiritual so don't get those two things mixed up just because someone is no interest in charge they don't mean that the nursery not interested in God. People have separated religion and spirituality so you can to reach someone for God without them without ever inviting them to church. More BALLOT is personal they believe that. Relative again you know if I want to do that do what makes you happy if you want to grow into all of the things you know. There's no such thing as objective morality in the last thing or religions are valid so sometimes when told for JESUS IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE it's true but it think you know. Well what about Muslims What about Buddha What about all the different things that I want to be taught that this is what you have to do. And yet those to be willing to explore unless we tell them that this is the only way. So then that's when it comes to the fact that we have to be smart and understand the people that we're trying to reach you can say the exact same message but how you share it will determine how successful and how it will be received does that make sense it's not so much a change your message just more change of approach. I snapped this from Facebook and Twitter and for the people as permission but it was on Facebook so it was fair game for. One of the things that we did yesterday was the border evangelism. Would have us whatever and it. Was a positive experience and you have a lot of good responses. If you look at the question are you asking Who do you think of Jesus is a very very overtly religious question. You know it's not beating around the bush you're talking about Jesus you know hiding the fact that you're Christian and yet you still have great responses. When you look at these questions where you can see the rest of them. What is it that made for willing to interact even with the news about Jesus. I was thinking about this overnight and I for it was basically. It was a question you're asking for their opinion or telling them what you think people were engaged in discussion about anything including religion but if you tell them what you think they will shut you down have ever noticed that. What do you think about this. Question. Them think you know people are open to questions even about spirituality the man not nice to be open to statements about religion so don't think that just because someone turned on a statement that they're not interested or just don't think that everything is how someone says they're not interested at all. At least we've tried to walk away we can think you know why did they say no why didn't they say yes why did they want to talk about Jesus what could have done differently and then we can you know what this came from someone's idea this. Someone thought of that before why don't we ask them questions and get them and get them interacting. I think you are going to say that. If you could. Even if there was. A mirror from by doing that you understand where the person is then you know how you can actually reach them you can't just say I'm going to give these great controversy. Maybe what they don't need information. Is that you're not going to hurt her like other people have. To preach to her just want you to tell her that you're different she want to be accepted. And so we had to take time to understand people. Knew how to become all things to all men part of evangelism is actually just paying attention to people what makes them happy what makes them sad what offends them when you show that you care they would take your opinion more seriously. Does anyone have any comment before. You know. Digital. Actually behave about the whole thing would you. Rather what would Jesus tweets How should I actually behave or not on social media. We mention that there are a lot of letters there's something fascinating the second current in chapter three verse two he was talking about how people were undermining his authority in the current church and they say you know he's a fake of course in all of these different things and then in response for saying I don't need to defend myself I don't need to offer myself a letter of recommendation why not invest he says because you yourselves our letter written on our hearts by everyone in other words you were saying that I don't need to defend myself as an apostle because you are the fruits of my labor and you testified that I'm an apostle. So he was saying that there were a letter. If you think about it if your Facebook profile was a letter what message do people get out of you when you testify that Jesus is the Messiah or would it testify that Christianity is just full of people who are judgment or hypocrites. What are you writing with your post in your state is it. Ever notice that when people interact with the dish toward their very different to how the actor interact online. Ever notice that. People sometimes online are willing to do the things that they were necessarily do in real life. But then I do notice that before. I want to show you a quick video. And it just for your own social interactions to see if any of these things apply to you. That ring any bells. Are there for him things that you do on Facebook but you don't necessarily do in real life. I mean sometimes you get friendship requests or thinking we've got no mutual friends you have two friends like. Who are you I do me. But those people some of the or maybe you have the experience where someone has a friend on Facebook but they're never speak to you in real life or the fake friends. But it shows that sometimes there are things that you are willing to do on social media that they're not willing to do in real life what does that mean for us personally why is this even why is it that people act differently. There is something that's called the online disinhibited an effect. Is that it in psychology and the kind of thinking oh it's pretty things like trolling why that someone could post such horrible comments on someone's photos if they're not actually a horrible person with life. And they had six factors some of them are quite a long long winded The first one was an unlimited so you don't always have an identity when you're online you can make up your Facebook with any name your Twitter can be don't have to know that oh this is this could be a lesson Brazuca when Alex anywhere is anonymous there's no way of tracing back your behavior to yourself They have a thing is a synchronicity what that means that things are not necessarily posted or interacting in route time so for example when you pull you can post something at five o'clock and then you don't have to respond to it you know you can post an angry state update or Hades Virgin Trains always later post it and walk away you don't have to wait for a response whereas if I'm speaking to you in real life are not necessarily say that because you would respond and then have to respond. So because the lack of delay in how people we post something and then they respond we are more free we feel like we're disinhibited and we can post and I would honestly post in real life the other thing is invisibility no one can actually see you're in the comfort of your own home. Solipsistic interjection. What this means is that when you speak with someone and if you ever heard of it how many of you find it awkward making keep plugging away how many awkward making eye contact. How many if you would lesser example if you're upset maybe in your mind you think about how upset you are and what you tell it to this person but when you see the face to face you soften you're told that ever happened there was no you know you hurt me don't. You know just thinking maybe that wasn't the best way of doing things and then you soften your tone because you're not looking at them face to face those facial cues soften how you interact with people but then when you do online you are free to because you know emotions your eyes convey your emotions your fear your hurt and all the different things but when you're online you can place whatever characteristics on the other person because you can actually see them so when you read a text message you hear a voice in your head by the person who actually speaking because actually the impression of how you think or this how they would say it. So for example you could post something on Facebook and then someone who has a very very negative impression of Christian to do a thing or you're just being judgmental and then though I attack even though it doesn't even what you meant. The other thing is dissociative imagination. People think that social media is not real so it's not reality so you can say whatever you want it's just a game. And then the last thing is minimization of what's already no one's been in control when you call it social media for example you could be a really really really rich person and you can make a huge of a count and on watch you watch it because your social status in life has no bearing on social media what matters is how charismatic you are how funny you are how interesting your post and your head. To everyone else so it means that anyone can be a celebrity on Facebook even if you're actually quote unquote a nobody in real life because there's no authority it's like a free space is that a good thing without a bad thing like all the things you can do both. I want to look at this anonymity so this online disinhibition effect it's what's called been my version and at. Version the toxic version is the one that makes your trolling and all those different things or just attack you those angry you know every single You Tube comment if you just scroll down to like an argument about Jesus somewhere even if it's just about badminton it is always end up in an argument. But when the in my version which is actually a positive thing Take for example anonymity how is this relevant because I want to recognize the man in this picture. How do you know what. Is my. Jesus or nuclear arsenal is a man who came to Jesus by night he wanted to come to Jesus he wanted to come to Christ but he wouldn't do it in the day so he came by night why. There were none of us no one could see him it was invisible. No one could you know there's a synchronicity no one there to respond to what he did so Nicodemus wanted to know about Jesus why do you want other people to know that he wanted to know about Jesus so he came when nobody knew that he was looking for Jesus because then you could do in private is it possible that sometimes when you speak to people about God They will say that they're not interested when their friends are around but if they're alone they're actually looking to things that they would never tell you they're interested in in your life. Is an interesting passage or interesting person because he speaks to Jesus and joins up with three and then Jesus plants the seed himself and Nicodemus forsook everything. And follow Jesus is how the story went. Didn't ask about eyes as soon as the three finished. You see him the next time don't have to seven when they're Jews are trying to kind of based on Jesus and then he stands up and he says you know there's a man condemn our Does our low condemn a man before it first hears or he's defending Jesus Christ in our following him and then you get to join the end of the book of my things Matthew twenty seven twenty eight when there are people are bringing. All the spices to. When the body of Jesus guess was among them Nicodemus now he's making a profession of his faith but it took two years even though Jesus himself planted the seeds so there's some where the Jesus could not reach there and then. It's a process but because sometimes we want to see overnight results we share the gospel there's no immediate response and we think it's a lost cause but we have to be faithful even if you don't see the results. I'm going to look at this part just a second time sometimes we turn away from people who. We see as unpromising and unattractive because you realize. That at the very time when you turn from them so there's someone who might be thinking that you might be looking at someone thinking or this person is a lost cause they're not interested in God or. Here he says that there may appear to be leaving care less lives but they're not insensible to the inference of the Holy Spirit you might see someone who life and then you think are this person would never want to know about God It doesn't mean that when they see something about Jesus on their Facebook they're not tempted to click on it. So I still post even though people were not speak to your life about your religion and your spirituality when there are none of us when they're invisible and when there's no one watching them they're willing to be more open about things than they would be in real life. There are friends understand. One more post in different things people are in different phases of their walk with Christ. This like a very very simple I like it it's quite simple three stages you could think of into his work with quite the first stage is sowing then reaping and then disciple. What is him into being sowing in so in that people who are unaware of the Gospel and they're not interested. Then in reaping the people who are of the message and they're interested and then you decide who are the people who have accepted the message and you're nurturing people who have already accepted and already believe us. They should in this should influence how and how you try to. For example if you were to post someone by CD Brooks or Henry Wright or one of those amazing preachers or somebody who had no interest in the Gospel or were there what you did then they're not interested in whether or not God existed OK. So these people cannot be reached by someone but they can be engaged by dialogue what do you think of Jesus like the board evangelism. They can be reached by current events. All those different things in a spiritual way you can reach people just by being nice and being kind of doing relationships but they're not necessarily ready for the full blown truth there are friends who are aware of the message and the interest there might be even other Christians or that are not specifically so you can find ways of building relationships with them in a way that they would understand. And then there are people here who Adventists you can tell them about different things Ellen white coats and all those devoted and the like and understanding but this person never will what I'm trying to say is that you have to know where your audience is you can reach everyone because not everyone is in the same bracket so if you're trying to witness on Facebook you have to post things that are specific for the people that you're trying to reach and recognize that you want which everyone so if you have five hundred friends and only temporary like your posts don't get upset maybe it's only those who are in the specific group are you trying to reach. I'm going to ask a volunteer we are wrapping our clothes when I ask for a volunteer it's nothing complex nothing about. Thank you very much thank you very much when you look at this picture what do you see as much information that you can draw out of it. Footprints in the sand Yes Anything else. They're working towards you excellent. With things like forensic investigation. But basically how many people are in this who are going to remain. One person and he was walking toward the screen in the sand thank you so much. What can you tell from this picture. Several people have been there. Is it one person is it many people. Or does anyone think it's one person. It could be one person if it looked quite similar sized. Where they're going. What's the point of this whole thing. There's an eloquence far more powerful than the eloquence of words in the quite consistent life of a pure true Christian what a man is has more influence than what he says. If you look at your Facebook posts your timeline doesn't look like this. This person the Christian they believe in what does it look like this. The things that you post the things that you like is it consistent or do you post one day things of the word that everyone would like and the other day we're posting in a way and Paul looking at this in the thinking Who is this person where they're going they can't get any decisive image on the things that we post because it is just so disconnected does everyone get the point. Is so disconnected so sometimes even like the things that you're tagged in by your other friend you know something like you would have those embarrassing moments where you are screened through Facebook an easier friend from church and they're posted into something that you do know that they actually ever did but somebody else is oh. I don't know they were not judging by just like a different side of the person because when you see in them you've never seen that side of them but when they have that site but when when you post it on yours it now becomes inconsistent so poor no longer know who exactly the real person is but here we're told that the airlock. That living testimony is only actually a testimony if it's consistent if you can look at your actions and every single time when someone annoys you you always respond a specific way you always can you always catch it but when you're sick per don't know how to response doesn't make sense. And I think in closing. Jesus had a lot of enemies. And there were a lot of who is always trying to approach his downfall and there's another example that is in the book of John Wayne in the temple just before they try to crucify him and all those different things in the time when the fire is in this crowd to send people to watch Jesus to catch him out to see if they can he can say something bad and then they can use it against him and so these people are like in the crowd thinking we're looking for some incriminating evidence and then they've been sent to go and get Jesus and bring him back and when Jesus is standing in the temple preaching his sermon he deliver the someone and at the end of every impact the Vatican goes on then these men get back to the Jews and then they're like where is jesus you know why haven't you brought him back and when they say or no one's ever spoken like this man this brother Steve they went to arrest him for that as they had him speak they themselves became somewhat convicted. How is the Jesus Word had so much power. There is this quote from help in daily living page four hundred seventy. Eight says the officers who were sent to Jesus came back with a report that never meant break as he spoke but the reason for this was that was never man lived as he lived had his life been other than it was he could not have spoken as he did his words bore with the convincing power because they came from the heart pure and holy full of love and sympathy benevolence and truth in other words when your offline life is inconsistent with your online life you can never be a powerful witness online for Christ because the things that people see online is inconsistent. So we have to live the life. You want to. If you want on your face with someone. That sounds like you. Want to think like a renegade undergoing your Facebook posting or just in the thinking Who are you when you're. In person but when you post in things that are not so nice when faced with the thing. Yesterday today and forever. And God help us all. Our lives can actually be a living testimony even if there were only two opportunities. And. They would have been a question already got. Out. Now. Thank you so much for the session that we have just had. We have learnt about how to use the. People who are around. The world in a war there is more. Ever was before give us the wisdom. To reach out to people wherever they are to find ways that we can. Reach more people for Christ. In God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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