It’s ok to spread God’s word through mod­ern av­enues

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Our church has a new pas­tor, and he wants us to spend more money on ad­ver­tis­ing and so­cial me­dia, so we’ll at­tract more peo­ple. I’m not sure I ap­prove, be­cause it seems like it’s not a very spir­i­tual ap­proach to things. Am I wrong?

I’m thank­ful for your pas­tor’s vi­sion to reach peo­ple in your com­mu­nity who may not yet know Christ; I hope you’ll have the same vi­sion. The Bi­ble says, “How can they be­lieve in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear with­out some­one preach­ing to them?” (Ro­mans 10:14).

Is it un­spir­i­tual to use ad­ver­tis­ing and so­cial me­dia to tell about your church, and en­cour­age peo­ple to be­come part of it? No, not nec­es­sar­ily — not if it’s done in the right way. In our own min­istry, we use ev­ery means we can to tell peo­ple about the Gospel and in­form them of our evan­ge­lis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties. The Bi­ble records that the first Chris­tians used ev­ery way they could to tell oth­ers about Christ — from per­sonal wit­ness and house-to-house visi­ta­tion, to lit­er­a­ture and pub­lic preach­ing.

At the same time, never for­get that God’s work must be done in God’s way — and God’s way in­cludes our prayers, and our to­tal de­pen­dence on God the holy spirit. Un­less we pray and trust God to work, our ef­forts (in­clud­ing our ad­ver­tis­ing) will be fruit­less. The Bi­ble says, “’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the lord” (Zechariah 4:6).

Pray for your pas­tor, that God will guide him and give him great wis­dom as he leads your con­gre­ga­tion. Pray also for your church, that God will use it to reach out in love to those who do not yet know Christ.

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