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The Electronic Christian

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2Peter 1:12-15
Friday, 08 June 2012

The Electronic Christian

Electronic communication pervasive in society

Radio, TV, Internet, email, Cellphone, Skype, Texting, is part of our lives

Recent preaching appointment arranged entirely via Facebook. Not even a phone call. :-)

How do we deal with them?

*Ignore them and hope they will go away? :-)

Let others use them but keep them out of our own life?

Embrace them as useful tools to help us in life & service to God?

*Barring A Major Worldwide Disaster, It Is Not Going Away

Ignoring the something has never been a valid solution.

So we just won't use these things ourselves, right.

How has that worked out with Radio & TV?

You can limit your exposure, but you can never completely remove it from your life. You are too interconnected with others who are interested in this newfangled stuff.

I believe the Bible teaches us that we should use all available resources to reach the lost.

We should also take advantage of the blessings God has given us to help us in our service to Him.

Most arguments against these things have been dealt with already. - How?

They are the same arguments that were offered regarding the dangers of telephones, radio, television, (and probably bound books vs scrolls).

The one overriding answer to all those & any new arguments...

We must use some method to reach the lost & strengthen the saints!

First Century Teachers Used The Most Advanced Methods At Their Disposal To Spread The Word & Strengthen The Saints

*Luke 1:1-4 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

*Acts 15:19-20 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

*2Corinthians 13:10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

*Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

*2Peter 1:12-15 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

*Shall we do any less?

Would Luke have refused to send his message via email?

Would Peter have refused to post his teachings to a blog or website?

Do you think Paul would have ignored the opportunities of Facebook?

*We Need To Embrace Opportunities That We Have Before Us.

WITH CAUTION! - There are evils out there.

No different than before, just a little harder to avoid sometimes.

*Example - vs slide

One or two letters different in the address bar can yield surprising results.

Veteran internet friend can help you learn to avoid the bad stuff.

*It is rather easy to avoid most of it. Criminals tend to stick together.

Looking for warez, cracked games, game hacks will almost always lead to troubles. (Generally you should not be looking for these anyway.)

The internet is NOT PRIVATE, it is public.

If you put something on the internet, facebook, chatroom, email, website forum, flicker, etc. someone else can and probably will see it.

Putting pictures on facebook is akin to sticking them to a community bulletin board, same with messages. If you would not have it printed in the newspaper, don't post it on Facebook!

Chat rooms can be troublesome. You can never truly know who is at the other keyboard. You can take steps to avoid the worst.

Treat the internet like any other popular media, TV, Movies, Etc.

Brethren will see what you put online!

Often discouraged by what ‘Christians’ post - songs, movies, sayings, that are not conducive to living a righteous life.

Preachers & elders can get a unique insight into the ‘away from brethren’ lifestyle of their local members.

Be careful of what you and/or your friends are making public!

*Take Advantage Of Electronic Communication Channels?

Got a smartphone/tablet? Use these things for your spiritual benefit!

Use your contacts on your phone to keep track of likely prospects.

Post religious themed status updates from time to time, pay attention to which friends "like" them.

Put a Bible or two on it - Maybe even a Bible Study program.

Then when stuck at Drs office you can read/study

Mom - few years back – “They need a Bible when they do devotion rather than computer.” Now she uses Bible on her Nook Color during worship service, Dad uses a netbook in Bible class!

*2Timothy 4:13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

Don't wait for them to be brought to you, carry them with you.

*Psalms 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

*Use the internet for research & study - Website logos slide

Find video or audio sermons to download to your player and listen to them while you are running or exercising.

Need to know more about Islam? Find the Quran online and read it for yourself. Compare it to the Bible. Visit sites that point out its inconsistencies.

Visit & read sites that talk about contradictions in the Bible, so you can discover how to answer such questions as you try to teach others.

*Sites dedicated to helping find local congregation to attend when travel.

*Never Take Place Of Gathering With Saints To Worship God!

Some try...

Preachers have been on TV for many years.

Man in Egypt "attends" worship with congregation in TN via Skype, including Lord's Supper.

*Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.

*1Corinthians 11:17-18 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,

*Acts 20:5-7 These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas, but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days. On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

Paul & companions made a point to remain where they could gather with the saints in Troas. Message could have been delivered anytime during the week. Probably did teach during the week. Assembly with the saints on the Lord's Day was special.

Mankind is social being - We need to be with others.

*Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."

*Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Just as a phone call is not the same as a personal visit, worship via skype will never satisfy our need to be with brethren as a group.

*Embrace These Blessings

Use them to benefit self and others.

But remember serving God is our purpose in life.

That will direct your use of these mediums.

*Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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