“Stones and Smartphones”

Read: Matthew 28:16-20

In the June issue of Christianity Today, Robert C. Crosby tells about a recent Bible conference in Orlando, Florida.  He writes, “The conference concluded in prayer with each participant holding a small stone in one hand and a smartphone in the other.  Conference attendees were reminded that the Word of God first engraved upon stone tablets at Mount Sinai could now be communicated on the faces of a billion mobile phones and computer tablets.”

When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew 28 he probably knew that someday it would come to this. He uses the word “go” in verse 19 but in our day and age it has become very easy to communicate without really going anywhere.  This has incredible opportunities for sharing the Gospel.

In that same Christianity Today article Crosby talks about various apps, programs, and Facebook pages that do just that.  They share the gospel, they encourage people to get into God’s Word and in many cases it can go with them at all times.  Just look at these statistics from “YouVersion” the most popular Bible application. (Taken from CT)

This happens every minute around the world on YouVersion…
– 20 new daily reading plans started.
– 23 Bible passages shared on Facebook.
– program is installed on 69 new devices.
– 78 Bible passages bookmarked.
– 298 Bible passages highlighted.
– 368 reading plan parts completed.
– 949 Bible versions switched.
– 1,175 audio streams started.
– app is opened 2,747 times
Remember, those numbers are each minute of the day.

When Jesus instructs us to take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth we need to realize how valuable social media can be with this.  Facebook posts, phone texts, Twitter Tweets, and more can be an avenue for sharing God’s love with the world.

We need to do it with tact and we need to do it in respectable amounts.  In other words, we don’t want to become annoying by posting a Bible verse on Facebook or Twitter too often.  But there is an opportunity here that we must not pass up.  The printing press brought us into a new era many years ago and now God has given us these new world wide connections.  Let’s use them for His Glory!

Make it personal:  Think of creative ways you can use Facebook, Twitter, or your phone to communicate God’s love to others and the life changing Gospel message of Jesus Christ. But don’t give up the personal interaction either.  Those are very vital in connecting with people on a personal level.

Happy Tweeting,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church