Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence

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The Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence
William Jackson, M.Ed.



Part 2 on Wednesday, October 14…
2020 started off with a literal BANG, there was so
much going on environmentally that many people
including myself were looking at things in a
prophetic manner. Checking scripture, biblical
timelines, doing research on times of famine,
pestilence, world events of disasters. Trying to
be prepared spiritually and mentally for what was
going on and maybe to come.

2019 had events like volcanoes in places of population
and beauty. Changed forever from natural events that
were described as disasters, from a natural perspective
they were natural because volcanoes do happen. There
were hurricanes of such a magnitude they influenced
weather patterns globally.

Wildfires in Australia that devastated millions
of acers of land, killed millions if not billions
of species of animals, plant and insect life and
changed the environment in a rapid timeline. There
are locust in Africa and India: and other events
globally from India to Asia. Storms of historic
revelation that were never recorded in their
intensity.

The developing pandemic that no one really took
seriously until it was right on top of us,
literally.
Even our governmental leaders did not take it
seriously until thousands were dead and still
they are not realistic in the human suffering
and sorrow. In the United States there are over
200,000 death and cemeteries are almost full.
It is so traumatic that funeral homes are packed
to the ceiling, having outside storage and
cooling buildings for the dead and those passing
over are sometimes alone.

The world is in continuous flux, change, adaptation,
evolution and in some cases political revolution
with Black Lives Matter, protests against police
brutality and killing of unarmed men of color and
culture. This is still a work in progress because
people still do not see the value of a Black life
of a boy, girl, man or the value of a Black woman.
Instead of color and culture being respected and
loved, being a person of color in this world is
seen as being a threat to white society. This
does not apply to all whites, but those with
power and influence seem to hate Black and Brown
people because we are still here, we are still
liking, we are stil influencing and we are not
going anywhere.

Many churches are struggle with where they stand
and how their leadership will stand with or against
groups that claim to love Christ, but practice
hatred and racism. How can someone hate anohter
person because their skin is darker, Christ loves
everyone and to follow him we must put aside our
personal issues and follow Christ.

Needless to say, life goes on and humans try to
maintain some normalcy in their lives. Normal will
not be normal ever again, but there will be a new
normal as technology is used for virtual communication
and collaboration. Schools are teaching online,
communities are social distancing and businesses are
practicing minimal numbers of attendance, no inside
seating or limited and only drive thru and take out
at restaurants.

The term “social distancing” may have never been on
the minds of the general public before the pandemic,
but kindergarten age children understand what it means.
This word “pandemic” create horrific thoughts of
death, suffering and will in the future influence
medical and mental issues for generations.

Schools are closed and learning is virtual, accessing
digital applications to continue the learning process.
This is foretold, because in movies and television
programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Space 1999
and others there was evidence that this was coming.
In a strange sense of irony, television shows and
movies have foretold of things like this and put
people in a emotional disconnection and mental
blockage of preparation for global events.

As a past adjunct professor teaching at an HBCU
Historically Black College and University and working
for NASA I would tell my students and other faculty
that online learning like this was coming, of course
many laughed and said I was ahead of my time and I
dreamed to much and watched to much televison and
SciFi movies. Knowing the change is coming inspired
me to conduct free technology workshops at the local
libraries to speak to as many youth, teen and young
adult groups to prepare for the future. Meeting with
and having a relationship with Aida Correa whom is
Afro-Latina we share a similar interest in inspiring
youth, teens and young adults in STEM and STREAM.

Preparing for the future means learning as much as
possible to keep yourself, your family and friends
ready to act and re-act as things change. Change
can be good and chance can be bad, but you must
be prepared. Educational opportunties are sometimes
harder for people of color because if they are not
exposed they do not know the potential that education
has for them and their families.

When my kids were younger I would take them and
other youth with me to technology conferences so
they can learn, network and be inspired to grow. To
obtain knowledge that was not being shared in the
classrooms of schools and teach students to have a
global perspective of the world.

Gradually attending technology conferences like WordCamp
and KidsCamp from in person to now virtual. Adapting to
digital tools like Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others.
Facebook Live, IG Live and the adaptation of phones for
online collaboration and content sharing. These are the
adjustments society has had to make and teach ourselves
in many cases. These are the adjustments that the
Church of Christ must make to reach their communities
to apply digital skills.

Those that are out of the box thinkers, digital innovators,
digital entrepreneurs are now the queens and kings of a
society that needs their skills, knowledge of computers
and digital innovation. These skill can be applied in
ministry and technology is not a tool of the devil, it
can be used to bring light.

Church of Christ ministries need to integrate digital
platforms and tools to share conferences like
The National Revival Conference on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjhBKBbxqvjvz11D40Sdrw

As a teacher of 32 years teaching in elementary education
I have always told my students to be friends with the
Nerds, Blerds and Geeks of this world, because they
will be the ones able to communicate, collaborate and
access needed information. They will be the innovators
and millionaires and billionaires of the future. They
can be member of the Body of Christ to allow them to
follow Christ. Bring awareness to those that are lost
and connect with technology.

Tech conferences are more important now than ever. As
advocates of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM trying to encourage
youth, teens and young adults to participate in these
areas to be ready when change happens. Especially
children of color and culture, Black, Brown, Afro-Latinx,
Hispanic, Mexican, Haitian, Asian and other cultures
and color. Their lives matter!!!

Change sometimes does not wait on humans to adapt and
respond, it can happen in a matter of months, weeks
and days. This brings to light the value of technology
conferences, established conference where learning is
transformative, fun, inspiring and evolutionary
in thinking. Technology is creating a revolution of
thinking, execution of social movements and opening
the eyes of millions of disenfranchised and indigenous
people globally.

Members of the Body of Christ should inspire others in
their quest more about Christ and learn in a supportive
virtual way that is inclusive, supportive, inspiring,
progressive and forward thinking. Being a disciple of
Christ we work to change the thinking from exclusivity
to inclusivity of Christ in our day to day lives and
from separation to embracing Christ in all that we do
each day.

The Body of Christ is strong and it can be stronger with
including Christ in our decisions each day to share our
faith with others and to show our faith through the use
of technology in our words, videos, posts and content
creation.

How would Christ think if we are not obedient with our
works and our words online. In the light we cannot
hide, whatever is in the dark will be show and what is
in our hears will be let out.

Take heed and be sure that Christ is the foundation of
online and offline lives. Reading scripture, applying
it to bein online and sharing faith not with just
preaching, but through teaching, modeling, sharing,
influencing, inspiring and praising.

Thank you for reading this blog and others it is with
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Blessings to everyone and their digital travels…

Power In The Bible

Preaching the Word in Season and Out of Season

1 John 4:1
1. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world.”

Evangelism has transitioned
from personal meetings that
start with a diversity of
greetings, hand-shakes or
other human connections
that start a
connection inviting the
sharing of faith and a personal relationship with Christ.

Since 2014 I have been a member of the Body of Christ and
love to greet my brothers and sisters in Christ during and
after service. There is a wonderful connection that is
extended not just a physical connection, but more importantly
a spiritual connectivity because Christ is our focus not
personal gains and selfish reasons.

I was lead to the Body of Christ by a child, ironically
being a teacher, I’m around children every day, but this
particular day a child shared their faith and invited me
to Westside Church of Christ. I was obediant and followed the
spirit to lead me to my first experience with the Church of
Christ here in Jacksonville, Florida.

Learning about what baptism really means and giving my life
to Christ has broadened my knowledge of being a member of the
Body of Christ. Those years also have lead to a spiritual
journey that has lead me to Northbound Church of Christ.
Learning more and applying that learning to life and living,
next journey lead me to Sweet Water Church of Christ where I
continued to learn and grow then moving to Northside Church
of Christ to be taught by ministers Charlie McClendon and
Al Jackson.

Through several years of learning, serving, volunteering,
speaking, and humbled to do some preaching along the way my
spiritual growth has transformed me in so many ways. Growth
is important and learning the right way with scripture based
foundations of being a follower, disciple and evangelist
of Christ.

Even being a teacher of STREAM in the public education system
there is prayer in schools, there is studying of scripture to
apply it to even working with youth, teens and young adults.
The spirit still leads you in the classroom because those that
you teach may not be saved or even know about Christ.

Sharing your faith is not just a verbal expression it can be
through your words, deeds and actions merging life, living
and faith. The spirit lead me to create Church of Christ and
Social Media
https://churchofchristandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/
and even to be called literally to join “Let The Bible Speak TV”
based in Jos, Nigeria. Partnering with two wonderful and God
directed Evangelists George and Enoch who are evangelizing in
Nigeria, Chad and Uganda. The two are partnering with others
in the Body of Christ to share the “Good News” of Christ.

Church of Christ and Social Media
https://churchofchristandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/
Let The Bible Speak TV
https://www.facebook.com/LET-the-BIBLE-SPEAK-TV-109526513806972/

The teachings are true for today in this digital age
of technological wonder and even confusion. Content
creation, Branding, Marketing, digital associations,
perceptions and following others digital footprints
are terms, thinkings, discissions and actions of this
digital age and the importance of using digital tools
and plaforms to share the gospel of Christ.

Technology has made connections easier and increasingly
complex because of the lack of emotional bonding or
connectivity. Sounding oppositional; digital tools and
platforms can reach hundreds and thousands after posting,
sharing, reposting the diversity of content. The right
hashtag (#) can help content go viral even in the Body
of Christ.

Traditional ministries have access to hundreds if not
thousands of people to minister too. Depending on the
size of it’s congregations Church of Christ ministries
are influential in their collective communities.
The digital complexity of sharing the gospel, not
changing Gods’ Word as it is intended to be shared,
developing a spirit of submission, obedience and
humbleness requires study and fellowship with ministers,
elders and deacons.

Technology lacks emotional attachements of texture of
feeling and is a challenge because learning
the gospel is not just mental there is a spiritual
attachment and emotional foundation that is built in.
Christ’s teachings will touch your heart.

Technology (as of yet) does not have an emotional
attachment to share feelings. A digital Emoji is at
best inappropriate to apply when speaking about the
scriptures and its interpretation to share the meaning
and importance to life. Christians are using the
Internet to share content in multiple ways and on diverse
platforms. The results can be positive initially, but
each digital connection must lead to a bible study
and eventually a baptism.

Saving souls and keeping souls saved is key.
Digital evangelism and discipleships has increased
opportunties for engagement and having conversations
about Christ. The death, burial and ultimately the
resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Just imagine if
the Book of Acts contained the use of social media
and corresponding Apps, tools and platforms. How
the disciples might be connected, friended, followed,
tagged, liked, reposted, shared and applied to other
digital platforms to speak about Christ.
The other way of thinking as the Apostles and
Christians were being persecuted the could have
faced cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and digital
threats and even temptations from cyber-porn and
other non-Christian sites. Temptations are wide
on the Internet, it represents the good and bad
of human humanity.

If the disciples could broadcast the miracles Christ
performed, if the disciples could have Twitter Chats
to share their travels, engagmenets with sharing
scriptures and make connections before entering into
villages to share the gospel. What if the Apostles
had Facebook Live events, the digital outreach would
be aligned with Search Engine Optimizations to
increase traffic to their web sites, aligned with
Accessibility standards and uploads to Instagram
and YouTube channels.

There is a great deal of information to apply and
many ways to go, but the Holy Spirit can lead each
of us if we connect with Christ more and not the
world.

Understanding what evangelism is, its value and
influence to spreading Christ teaching of the
Kingdom of God as was shared in the Books of Acts.
It is designed for the church and the church is
designed for evangelsim. Churches should have a
culture of evangelism – sharing the faith of Christ.
Evangelism is undergirded by love and unity.

In John 13:35 Jesus said, “by this all people will
know that you are disciples, if you have love for
one another.”

Evangelism is an action word that should be performed
with love and joy to all people. Evangelizing unifies
people to the love of Christ which is central and key
to building member to the Body of Christ. That is our
job as Christians, as followers of Christ and of the
Body of Christ to share our faith and encourage a
bible study which leads to a discussion and actions
to be saved and ultimately baptised.

Technology is being used to connect people digitally,
digital connections can be used to strengthen
personal bonds, to expand the knowledge of faith and
building a personal relationship with Christ. Central
to the Body of Christ is our faith, studying the
Word of God and understanding that the Holy Spirit
is in each of us. Even with social distancing and
using Zoom or the latest digital tools to connect
God is everywhere and as Christians we must make
sure poeple see Him in us.

The powerful emotions and the transformative embracing
of the Holy Spirit is a wonderous thing. The very soul
of a person is connected to our Lord. People cannot
connect with technology like they would with the Holy
Spirit. Being obedient to the Holy Spirit leads people
to the works in their life that Christ demands us to
do. The Holy Spirit provides the authority to teach,
preach and evangelize.

The pandemic is showing that the innovation of technology
is composted of tools when applied correctly can
reach beyond just digital access, it can draw people
into fellowship and engagement in ministries. Church
of Christ ministries should be looking beyond streaming
and virtual worlds.

Looking to what can be applied next to lead more people
Christ. Evangelist George and Enoch, both based in
Jos, Nigeria, but from Uganda and Chad respectively
share the Word of God. Sharing their travels across
Africa, witnessing the victories of Christ and the
dangers in their travels to the lost and unsaved.
Using these times to evangelize not just locally, but
statewide, nationally and if possible internationally.

Global connections are possible with platforms like
Let The Bible Speak TV which is held on Facebook either
live or recordings. Teaching, preaching, studying and
evangelizing on a digital platform that expands past
borders, boundaries, nations and oceans. It is an
honor to work with wonderful brothers to share the
scriptures of our Lord.

The Lord will send you where he needs you to be and
where to work even using technology. Christ places no
limits on how the gospel is to be shared, Christ did
not say to stay in a particular zip code, housing
district or generalized location. Even using social
media members of the Body of Christ can share the
gospel.

Matthew 28:16-19
“The Great Commission”
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the
mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When
they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to
obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Listen on Bible Gateway Audio
https://classic.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/Matt.28

Virtual bible studies are functions for growth and
dialogue for those seeking Christ and those that
are lost. Not just for the saved and santified.
Evangelism and discipleship show obediance to the
spirit, it is important because first you have to
listen to the spirit, walk in the spirit and make
yourself available to the spirit. It does not
mean that Church of Christ members have to be perfect,
it means making yourself available and ready as you
can through study, fasting and prayer.

Just as radio, televison, and other telecommunications
have their place creating content can open doors to
bring people together to be involved and engaged.
Building personal relationships with God it key,
many people still struggle with the concept of having
a personal relationship with the Lord because they cannot
see past that they already belong to him.

In “The Call of Jeremiah” Jeremiah 1:4- (NIV)
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Before I formed you in the womb I know you, before you
were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet
to the nations.”
More to come in the next blog and reading….

Leaders of Let The Bible Speak TV
Leaders of Let The Bible Speak TV

Harnessing Technology To Preach The Word In Season and Out

Harnessing Technology To Preach The Word In Season and Out
Let The Bible Speak TV
Digital Evangelist William Jackson, M.Ed.
Dove of Peace
The development, evolution and occasionally the revolution of
technology has advanced across the centuries and so has the
Word of God in scripture. From cave drawings to stone tablets
to parchment, to paper and now to digital devices. The Word of
God has been etched, painted, written and provided on mixed
media to share the Word of God.

The power of God’s Word cannot be denied nor ignored because
our God is a living God. His Word does not change, but the delivery
methods by man do. This can be witnessed across time as tech
changes the availability as God’s Word grows. The publication
The Christian Chronicle is found on paper and digitally, a great
example of how technology is being used to share not just scripture,
but the fellowship and the love of Christ. Each tool, each platform
and each App should be used to connect not just those that are
saved, but shared with the unsaved, the lost and those that still
think they are unable to be saved because of past sins.

Man’s need to know and understand carries him and each generation
to chances to build a closer relationship with the Lord. Building a
personal relationship is important, valuable, edifying and necessary
to receive the ability to love man even with all his failures and faults.
No one is perfect just look at a person’s Facebook and Instagram
postings. We each make mistakes and learn to live and forgive others
as the Lord continuously forgives each of us.

The Gutenberg printing press, a tool used to share God’s Word to
the masses of people yearning to learn about the light of the Lord.
Is massed produced the scripture so “ordinary” people could read for
themselves and gain understanding in their lives. Interpreting the
Word of God through Bible study and having something that can
be held, mobile and updated encouraged literacy, comprehension
and communication between man.

The ability to read was powerful because it increased a person’s
language skills, comprehension abilities and even provided people
something to talk about. Women benefited because it brought them
closer to being intellectually capable to working and competing with
men. Reading empowers women and it provided the chance to
build self-esteem, self-awareness of their abilities to think for
themselves and see alternative careers where they had more
independence and equality to men.

Technology innovation is not just digital, it encompasses new
ways of learning, thinking, applying that learning towards achieving
dreams for each subsequent generation. God’s plan is in everything.
“Harnessing Technology to Preach the Gospel”
“is about sharing the Word of God and connecting people. God uses
these connections to spread His Word and each of us that talks
about the scriptures to our family and friends is a missionary doing
the works of evangelism,” stated in a recent article in The Christian
Chronicle.

The process of creating content continues, publishing has changed.
Books before the Gutenberg press, were hand written, to purchase
a Bible for a working person or a pleasant or poor working person,
took almost a year’s wages. The church was renewed in a way by
Johannes Gutenberg in 1456  as the printing press provided a chance
to mass produce literature of a religious nature. This encouraged
community studies about interpreting scripture and apply it to life.

Many key communication devices have been adapted for learning,
discipleship, evangelism, as a result of the printing press. As
technology grows so does the opportunity for God’s word to grow
with it and reach people where they are. Modern technical wonders
from the radio to motion pictures, to television have changed people’s
lives and provided exposure to knowledge. It must be careful to think
to guide people with true teachings not false teaching.

Continuing to “Digital Evangelism and Electronic Discipleship During
The Pandemic”


Evangelism has transitioned from personal meetings that start with
delicate greetings, hand-shakes or even other personal greetings
that start a connection inviting the sharing of a faith and personal
relationship with Christ. Technology has made connections easier
and increasingly complex, I know that sounds opposing, digital tools
and platforms can reach hundreds and thousands  after posting,
reposting, sharing and re-sharing content.

Traditional ministries have access to hundreds if not thousands of
people to minister too. Depending on the size of it’s congregations
Church of Christ ministries are influential in their collective communities.
The digital complexity of sharing the gospel, not changing God’s word
as it is intended to be shared, developing a spirit of obedience and
humbleness requires study and fellowship with ministers, elders and
deacons. Attending Bible Study online or in person, technology lacks
emotional  attachments of texture of feeling and is a challenge because
learning the gospel is not just mental there is a spiritual attachments
and emotional foundation that is built in.

Technology (as of yet) does not have an emotional application
to share feelings. A digital Emoji is at best inappropriate to
apply when speaking about scripture and its interpretation to
share meaning and importance to life. Christians are using the
Internet to share content in multiple ways and on diverse platforms.

Digital evangelism and discipleship has increased opportunities
for engagement and having conversations about Christ, the
death, burial and ultimately the resurrection of our Lord and
Savior. Just imagine if the Book of Acts contained the use of
Social Media and corresponding Apps, tools and platforms,
how the disciples might be connected, friended, followed,
tagged, and applied other digital platforms to speak about Christ.

If the disciples could broadcast the miracles Christ performed,
if the disciples could have Twitter Chats weekly to share their
travels, engagement with villages on their travels and what if
they could have Facebook Live events. The digital outreach
would be aligned with Search Engine Optimization, aligned
with Accessibility standards and uploads to YouTube
performed in a timely matter.

Understanding what Evangelism is important, it is designed
for the church and the church is designed for evangelism!!!
Churches should have a “culture of evangelism” – sharing the
faith in Christ. Digital evangelism can be effective is applied
correctly. Evangelism is undergirded by love and unity.

In John 13:35 Jesus said, “By this all people will know that
you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Evangelism is an action word that should be performed with
love and joy to all people. Evangelizing unifies people to the
love of Christ which is central and key to building members
to the body of Christ. Technology can be used to connect
with people, digital connections are strengthening personal
bonds, to share the emotional connections of members of
the Body of Christ. Not to say that some applications of tech
would not work, the connection and understanding of the
scriptures could possibly be lost without a Bible study.

The powerful emotions and the transformative embracing
of the Holy Spirit is a wondrous thing. The very soul of a
person is connected to our Lord. People cannot connect
with technology like they would with the Holy Spirit. Being
obedient to the Holy Spirit leads people to the works in
their life that Christ demands us to do.

The pandemic is showing that the innovation of technology
is composed of tools when applied correctly can reach
beyond just digital access, it can draw people into fellowship
and engagement in ministries. Church of Christ ministries
should be looking beyond streaming and virtual worlds for when the
pandemic is over. Using these times to evangelize not just
locally, but statewide and nationally. Even internationally
like Let The Bible Speak TV.

Christ placed no limits on how the gospel was to be shared,
Christ did not say to stay in a particular area, zip code,
or generalized location. Virtual bible studies are functions  
for growth and dialogue not just for the saved
and sanctified they are for the lost.

Evangelism and discipleship are being obedient to the spirit is
important because first you have to listen in the spirit, walk in
the spirit and make yourself available to the spirit. It does not
that Church of Christ members have to be perfect, it means
making yourself available and as ready as you can through
study, fasting and prayer.

Just as radio, television and other telecommunications have
their place creating  content can open doors to bring people
involved and engaged. Building the personal relationship with
God is key, many people still struggle with this concept that
worship is personal, it is personal and it is not complicated,
it is not based on a theory, it is a personal relationship of
faith, love and trust.

The Church of Christ is in historic times, technology applied
correctly will enhance and expand evangelism and outreach,
sharing the gospel to bring people into the body of Christ.  
We are in a decade of fundamental change in how God’s
Word is shared and in its comprehension on digital platforms.
This can influence the future direction and even influence
and as in any change there are periods of adjustment to apply
new ways of learning and the integration of new
voice technologies.

Bible
Evangelism, outreach, discipleship, will be changed for years
to come with technology, applying the Word of God will aid in
sharing scriptures even more across global borders and into
nations with access to digital tools. The Church must continue
to learn to integrate technology in the most effective ways that
apply to the needs of the congregation and not change the
Word of God. Technology is another tool developed by man,
but applied to the awesomeness of sharing God’s Word and
using it as a tool for outreach and evangelism.  

Churches of Christ in the future will need to provide technology
training to its congregations to keep members engaged and
involved in their respective ministries. They must provide
training on how to digitally evangelize, use tech to perform
duties of discipleship.  The discussion of the Brand of the
Church of Christ is and how to market the church is a valuable
discussion in these digital times. Digital ministry, digital outreach,
digital evangelism and digital service are applied because of
the integration of diverse digital platforms, devices and Apps.

The use of social media in the Church of Christ is transforming the
personal engagements of its members especially its youth, teens
and young adults. Ministry leaders, elders, deacons need to see
the affects tech is having on their younger congregation and
address issues before potential problems result from engagement
and activities online. To grow in ministry Church of Christ ministries
with youth, teen and young adult ministries need to apply tech
to stay connected to generations that are  younger and still
learning and growing in God’s Word.

Social Media is being used as a platform to share locally,
nationally and globally what Church of Christ ministries are
doing, the doctrine of Christ and empowering outreach and
evangelism using some digital tools that were not even
available 10 years ago.

So integrated are digital tools in many CoC ministries that
ministries cannot afford not to have a digital presence.
Using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Tik Tok,
Streaming and YouTube just to name a few of the tools
available, ministries are finding out that their digital outreach
is influencing their physical attendance and involvement.

People are ripe now for evangelism, searching for answers
that lead to Christ and looking online for ministries that offer
opportunities of engagement for the whole family and even
online access when they go on vacation to access streaming
services to hear services.  A Church of Christ ministry should
make sure their digital content is available for the whole family.
From Podcasts, to Twitter Chats, to Blogs and incorporation of
video can provide scripture content that builds understanding
and a need for more.

Holy Bible

There must be activities for the whole family to keep their attention
and dedication to the ministry. Tools to encourage prayer, sharing
of the doctrine of the Church of Christ and using daily experiences
to see God working in all of us. Church of Christ ministries cannot
afford to not implement a social media plan that is strategic,
engaged, involved and even addresses gender, generation,
cultural and language differences.

Church of Christ ministries not only are growing digital they are
bilingual or multilingual because of the beauty of the nature of
diverse families in today’s global discipleship. Church of Christ
ministries have a responsibility to be representative of their
respective communities in neighborhoods, cities and states.  
Because of this access to diverse information if Church of Christ
ministries are not looking at their data they are missing key
opportunities to pull in new members and keep current members
growing their ministries.

Evangelizing the issues of youth, teens and young adults is key
for the Church of Christ they want to be recognized and their
accomplishments and activities shared. If youth, teens and young
adults are not engaged, involved and made to feel part of the
ministry they will go else-where to where they feel accepted
and wanted. God loves the little children and churches of
Christ must reach out to them with all available tools.

Technology must be managed strategically and methods of
sharing the gospel using tech researched and applied correctly
to the needs of the ministry. 2020 is a decade of great potential
for growth and strengthening of the Church of Christ if done
correctly.

Even during a pandemic the world is looking towards the
Church of Christ to lead, to lead in prayers, to lead in praise,
to lead in evangelism and to lead in discipleship.

Gods Hands

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven
and on earth has been given to me. There-fore go and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Churches must adapt their delivery not try to change
God’s Word.

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Understanding Authentic Content for Church of Christ Digital Ministries

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Understanding Authentic Content for Church of Christ Digital Ministries
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Even when using technology ministers, evangelists, disciples,
and teachers must teach the true doctrine. There are so many
in the world that are not Church of Christ that are teaching a
false doctrine using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube
and other digital tools and platforms. We are teaching
true doctrine on Let The Bible Speak TV to save souls and
keep souls saved around the world.  
Church of Christ must be true and real when sharing the Good
News of Christ. To read, study, comprehend, pray, meditate
and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us past the limits of
our own human limitations.  
When talking about technology also it is important that the
people see and hear good people like Evangelist George and
Evangelist Enoch to share the truth about Christ.
Applying our understanding is important as we, as members
of the Body of Christ share our faith through our words, deeds
and actions. Understanding Authentic Content for the
Church of Christ Ministries having a digital understanding is
important because now in the presence of a pandemic and
even beyond technology will help share the Word of God.
These ideas help expand the understanding of how to apply
social media and digital platforms and tools to build and
create knowledge that is valuable and important.

1. Understanding that authentic scripture is more
important than what false prophets are sharing.
Anyone can quote scripture, but how do you apply that
information to real world experiences? That is what is
true and the ability to save souls. Learning about scripture and
helping others to grow in Christ means that the process of
sharing scripture is important not just throwing scripture
to  prove a point.

2. Video blogging maybe the tech trend, but understanding
how to strategically apply it is valuable in promoting
learning scripture and helping people to grow in the Lord.
Many people use video they are sharing words of
encouragement, building friendships, but video must be
able to lead people to Christ not just for likes and trying
to be viral.

3.  Being adaptable in applying scripture means being able
to share it in English, French and other languages. Evangelist
Enoch speaks French, evangelist George and teacher
William speak English, this can connect to others around the
world to share the Good News of Christ. Using platforms in providing
services that are flexible is important as well because everyone’s
languages are different, but their love of Christ is strong and
faithful.

4. Content will always be important and should contain Christ
teachings. Leading people to Christ is the first order, by sharing our
faith and taking the time to listen to others in their walk to be a
member of the Body of Christ.  We must not make the mistakes of
thinking we  are famous, we are more important than others and
we must teach the Word of God by allowing the Holy Spirit to
lead us.

5. Don’t trust yourself, trust the Holy Spirit to give you the
authority to speak and teach. Teaching  and preaching with
authority are very important so the people can see that you
are knowledgeable and with Christ.

6. Scripture must inspire mental agility and cognitive
engagement. It must make you think about how you can
grow with Christ and want to learn more. To be prepared
when necessary to provide wisdom, provide love and provide
inspiration to others that are lost and looking for someone to
have faith.

7. Sharing the Word of God is not a competition, ministers,
teachers, evangelists, disciples are all important to sharing
the Word of God so as brothers and sisters in Christ we
cannot compete against each other we must support each other.

8. Do not fool with foolish people that distract you from
creating authentic content. You cannot follow people, you
should only follow Christ. He is our connection with God and he is
only how we will get into heaven.  

9. Your praise should always contain your passion. Your
passion for Christ should always be seen and it is a
representation  of who you are and the direction you are
going with Christ.

10. Your life no matter what it is now should be able to grow
and adapt as you grow and adapt. Living a life of being a
Christian is not easy, but shows that love of Christ is worth
suffering, is worth our praise and prayers.

11. Be cautious of new technologies, not all tech will
help you. In the Body of Christ even if we use technology
we will use it to enhance the Body of Christ not our bodies.

12. Embrace the diversity of life experiences and people
to share our love of Christ and all people. If we listen to
politicians we start to sound like politicians and not praise
Christ. Our first praise is to our Lord not any man or any
woman. Politics will never determine who goes to heaven
and who will not. Man does not have power only Christ.

13. We must make our souls and spirits accessible to
the Lord at all times. In the day, in the night and
in person. We have to share our knowledge to youth,
teens and young adults when possible.

14. Have a plan to offer help to non-believers, but
always let God move first. Many times believers of
Christ can share their faith through kindness of words,
deeds and actions.

15. Create prayer time with a goal in mind. To connect
with Christ and our Lord to be used to build the
Kingdom.

16. Take advantage of networking with Christians and
non-Christians. Build up friendships that help others
and offer chances for Bible studies. Invite others to
Church not to try to convert them, but to inspire and
uplift them. Invitations come with love.

17. Your knowledge may sometimes fail you, but rely
on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to move you.

18. Your believe should be the same across diverse
platforms with the same people. If you claim to be a
Member of the Body of Christ, be a member every day,
all day not when it is convenient.

19. Understand that you are a child of  Christ and
he requires us to be his servants, to be obedient and
in and of service.

20. Study each day, study each night, study the Word of
God to show yourself approved to share the Gospel.

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What Can My Social Do – Using FB IG Twitter As Members of The Body

What Can My Social Do – Using FB IG Twitter As Members of The Body
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good, And what does the
Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8 NIV



To the ministers, evangelist, elders, deacons and workers,
stay the course, keep the faith!!
As a member of the Body of Christ I share that technology
can help each of us or hinder our growth. We must put forth
the influence of the spirit first not the influence of technology.
Twitter is a phenomenal tool to share content, make
connections both personal and sharing our faith. The
Church must be careful not to be pulled into embarrassing
situations with digital content. The reach of using Twitter is
beyond local engagements, community networking, it is a
platform that can inspire thousands and millions.

Examples can be seen from entertainers, athletes, authors,
educators and even presidents of nations. The Body of Christ
must be reminded that we cannot be like the world in our
digital and physical lives,  if we are to be role models and
followers of Christ it is beyond just asking what would Jesus
do, we should know what Jesus would do and follow him.

Church of Christ ministries are learning that tech can be their
best bet for expanding their ministerial reach in discipleship
and evangelism.
That content is important, but what is the purpose of the
content. Is it to edify and praise our Lord Jesus Christ or is
it to just share information like gossip and false narratives.
There has to be a plan and a strategy when using social media.
The pandemic has made Members of the Body of Christ use
digital tools that once were only used to find news and
entertainment, this has gone through a drastic change that
has changed people’s lives forever.

The use of Twitter is a valuable tool, the Body of Christ must
remember “you are what you Tweet,” and you represent the
Brand of the Church of Christ where Christ is the head. Your
content is a representation of who you are and where you
worship. Your content is also associated with your faith and
who  you worship with. Guilt by association is fundamental
to being a Christian.

As a member of the Body of Christ I follow Christ and I’m
guilty of being a follower of Christ. Because of social media
I have connected with members of the Body of Christ across
Africa, India, Asia, the United States and even Central
America. Even though there are language challenges the spirit
of the Lord helps us to communicate and the use of Google
Translation tools.

Church of Christ ministries must make use of their knowledgeable
people and guided in the use of technology in ministry, discipleship
and evangelistic works. The Church of Christ must also use their
language speakers to welcome others that speak different languages
to share the Word of God in different ways.
Social Media is manipulated in so many ways it takes diligence of the
reader to make sure they are not seeing fake news, propaganda and
distracting messages. Church of Christ members must be careful of
what they agree to, sign up for, what they like and what they repost
because their behaviors can reflect the mentalities that do not go
with their ministries. Being a member of the Body of Christ even
on social media your behaviors represent Christ and the Body of
Christ.

Holy Bible

Stated in the publication The Christian Chronicle, Taneise Perry
of Kingdom Church of Christ in Charlotte, N.C. has stated that,
“Whether it’s in person or in this social media realm of
online-ness, we have a responsibility to reflect Jesus and to
reflect honesty and truth.”
Being true members of the Body of Christ our message is one
of faith, one body and love and obedience to Christ as disciples.
Using digital tools allows our reach to extend even further.
This does not mean to post scriptures on Twitter every time
online, it means sharing your faith by your behaviors and
extending a welcoming message to issues and events online.

To have peaceful conversations based on scripture not opinions.
Having the thoughts of self-analysis, self-reflection and humility.
It can be hard to remember we are a reflection of Christ so think
about your postings as a conversation. Would that same posting
be a conversation that you would have with the minister, deacon,
elder or others in leadership in the ministry?

Just as we study the word, research the word and pray on the
word we need to do the same with our online content. Pray for
discernment and clarity of what is read that is not biblical to
make sure minds are not lead astray in the world and lead
hearts and minds away from Christ.

Content is key and influential, the engagement of sharing
so many concepts can lead people to Christ or lead them away.
John Edmerson of Vineyard Church of Christ states that, “if you’re
able to manage your thoughts, manage your emotions, and say,
I’m going to respond, but before I respond let me understand.”

Understanding is important because Twitter is not a platform to
argue, express hatred, call out people or put people down. Twitter
allows each of us to learn  different perspectives. We must respect
people, their ideas, their beliefs, their ideologies and current path
of life.

Christ in his teachings did not condemn, slam, cast out or threaten
to send people to hell. He spoke of life, living, changing mentalities,
changing hearts and minds, the opening of eyes and growth in spirit.
I use Twitter every day to share information about my teaching, my
faith, my business, my blogging and even my family. Being true to
being a member of the Body of Christ I pray that my content is peaceful,
purposeful, productive, empowering and that  Christ would be please.

As members of the Body of Christ we cannot allow for spiritual peer
pressure from others to do things outside of the spirit. Friendships and
peer pressure even as adults can affect how we behave and act.
Too many times people have followed the gospel of opinion instead
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you do not understand what I’m
saying pray on it and the spirit will make it clear. Whose opinion will
you listen to Lord or man?

As members of the Body of Christ there must be this intention to
help others and engage in respectful conversations. These
conversations can be in local ministries, national and international
even involved in community discussion about safety, wellness, mental
and spiritual health. We must have these discussions with our youth,
teens and young adults to and lead them the right way.
Christians must show grace and forgiveness no matter how hard it is.
To learn from each digital engagement that may be harsh and apply
scripture. Christ knows our hearts and intentions so prayer and
discernment is valuable.

Reading scripture in Matthew 12:36 it shares that, “I tell you, on the
day of judgement, people will give an account of every careless
word they speak.” Be mindful that we speak with digital words that
are read and influence many people.
Members of the Body of Christ must be mindful and have a realistic
understanding that when they post online they’re speaking too. Christ
will look at that and hold you accountable.
In this age of digital engagement would you follow Christ on Facebook,
would you follow Christ on Instagram and other platforms? Understand
your ability of share scripture on a level of digital and fundamental change.
Christ is an example of how to be one body made of many parts. Each
part represents that whole and we must keep uplifting the whole not just
the parts we like the best.

Church of Christ must be aware of the false narratives, they must be
prepared for the false teachings and be able to see how the enemy is
manipulating content to lead people the wrong way.   
We are the Body of Christ the individual parts of Christ, but still a part
of the whole body and our actions, reactions influence can make beautiful
contributions to the world or seen as a cancer ready to destroy the world,.
Our social media content is very powerful and influential, what would you
have the world say about your faith after reading your posts?
The is influenced by the writings of Hamil R. Harris, Christian Chronicle
correspondent and Glenarden Church of Christ in Maryland, United States
September 2020, pp.14

The Body of Christ must now have classes teaching members how to
understand what is being seen, heard and felt on an intellectual and
heart filled way. Scripture is vital and the interpretation is the key to
change that is transformative and life changing. Technology alone
cannot save souls and keep souls saved, but it can spread the gospel
if done strategically and purposefully.