The world has changed, and the world is changing. The one constant in life seems to be change. For those of us who are planners and organizers, that can sometimes be frustrating. However, there are things that have remained constant in never changing. God, His Word, and the Gospel have never changed and they never will. However, how we get the Bible and the Gospel out have changed. This isn’t new, even the apostle Paul speaks of it in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
Paul talked about other ways that he had adapted in the previous verses. His point was that his methods of sharing the Gospel changed depending on where he was, but the message itself never changed. This is something that I think we can all identify with. Speaking solely from my experience, about seven months ago, I had to learn a whole lot of new things if I was going to be intentional about getting the Gospel message out. When the order came to shut things down at the end of March, our church, like many other churches, were forced to adapt. We could have fussed and moaned about it, and missed opportunities to share the Gospel, or we could adapt. I’m very thankful that our leadership and our church embraced some adaptations. It has allowed us to continue to get the timeless message of the Gospel out. While I can’t share every story here, I can tell you that in these last seven months, God has continued to show His faithfulness. We are connecting with people that we otherwise would never have connected with. We are seeing people not only hear the Gospel, but embrace it in their life, and surrender to the Lord Jesus. Has it taken more work to be able to do all the things that we have done? Absolutely it has. Is it worth it? You betcha! When I get to read and share with people about all that God is doing through this, it reminds me that God has always had a plan, and He is always working His plan out. None of this took God by surprise. How can you be a part of getting the timeless Gospel out in a changing culture?
- Share Bible verses. One of the best ways you can influence people is by utilizing the platform you already have, social media. It doesn’t matter if you have thousands of followers or just a few. You can share Bible verses each day, and as you do, ask God to allow those who need to hear the message to come across it. One of the simplest ways to do this is to download the Bible app by YouVersion. It is free! They have a verse of the day each day. You can go and link your social media accounts to it, and then share the verse of the day each day.
- Share your pastor’s sermon or devotionals. One thing that we as pastors have done a lot more of is write and record. We try to put it up on the church’s social media page, but you can allow God’s word to have an even greater impact by sharing it on your timeline as well. It’s not to boost the ego of your pastor. After all, if he has an ego by how far the message God gives him is going, he shouldn’t be in the pulpit until he repents of his pride. It’s not about us, it is about Jesus. You never know when God will use something written by you or your pastor to really speak to someone, and open their heart up to the Gospel.
- Be faithful in church attendance. I know this probably seems a weird one, but the Bible does command us to gather together in Hebrews 10:24-25. Be intentional about showing up, participating in worship, and invite friends to join you. Sometimes you won’t be able to go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still attend. Most churches are utilizing Facebook Live or YouTube or some other streaming platform. If you can’t be there physically, be there digitally. Again, invite your friends to watch with you, whether you are going to be there or you are watching online yourself. There is one gentleman who gets to be “at” church with his mom every week now, even though they live three hours apart. She is there in the building, and he is watching online every week. Then, they talk about it. This is a simple way to open up the door for conversations with people.
- Share what God lays on your heart. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just speak to your pastor, He speaks to you if you are His child. He does so every time you open the Bible. Does something strike you or speak to you? Then share it on social media, with co-workers, family, friends, or whoever. The blessing of God speaking to you isn’t meant to stay with you. It is for you, and for others as well.
The way we do church has changed, and it is likely to change again at some point. However, the message and mission of the church hasn’t. We are to make disciples of all nations. How can God use you to reach others for His glory? Pray about it, then be obedient, and watch what God does. Times, seasons, and circumstances will change, but God never will and neither will the Gospel. Let’s focus on that, and spreading that message.
By His grace and for His glory,