Thursday, January 26, 2012

Make 2012 Your "WWW." Year!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Why not make 2012 your "WWW." year for ministry! Join us in sharing the Good News that Jesus saves. This year we're focusing on three elements, Worship, Word, and Witness -- period. When we worship God, study His Word, and witness to others we connect to God, grow in knowledge of Him, serve Him, and, share what He has done in our lives.  I believe that many more churches and ministries will "point and click" to add the ever-growing dimension of the worldwide web to their ministry options for reaching the next generation of Christians for Jesus Christ, and it does not yet appear what we shall be when we...

To worship God is to give Him praise, honor, and glory because of who He is, the one true and living God. Effective 21st century ministry shows believers and non-believers alike who we should worship, why we should worship, how we should worship, and the benefits of worship. Worship is neither mundane nor boring, but it engages people of all ages in participatory reverence and celebration of God through prayer, praise, and proclamation of the Word of God.
Effective ministry makes studying the Word of God essential for Christian maturity. The Word of God is a “lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path” (Psalms 119:105). The Word helps us to see ourselves as God sees us. The Word helps us make corrections in our lives for righteous living. The Great Commission says we are to “make disciples,” to teach, baptize, teach (Matthew 28:19-20). Aptly taught and applied Word makes disciples, and not just followers. Disciples are “doers of the Word and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Vibrant Bible Studies, Sunday schools, and small groups that engage children, youth, and adults are critically important to effective ministry.
Ministry that is effective not only reaches in and edifies the body of Christ, but also reaches out, even to the world wide web, to help save the lost through witness. Considering the numbers of churches on every corner in every city, and the size of some of our mega churches, we should be bumping into each other on the streets with our complimentary Bibles and tracks eager to share the Good News with anyone willing to give us half a minute of their time. Could it be we are settling for the creature comforts of padded pews and familiarity, only to discuss Jesus with those whom we know because they are members of the church? Or are we uncomfortable defending the faith and sharing our testimonies, so we don’t do it? Church growth through new converts, and not church-hopping Christians, should be the goal of witnessing and evangelism ministries.

My experience is Christian ministry centers around, but is not exclusively related to, assimilating new members into the predominately African American church. My responsibilities have included decision counseling, baptisms, new members’ class, and spiritual gifts class, the first steps in assisting new members to find their proper places in bible fellowship and in ministry. Additionally, I have an extensive background as a radio personality on a gospel music station in the city. I enjoy witnessing to the community at large. Also, I am founder of this small, internet-based, and community-based ministry, Jesus Saves Ministries, of which the Jesus Saves Social Network is a component. My ministry demonstrates the relevancy of the Cross of Christ in the 21st century through innovative approaches to reach a new generation with the Good News that Jesus saves.
I encourage you to commit in 2012 to incorporate in new and profound ways, worship, Word, and witness in your daily life both in your local church and here on the worldwide web. No matter what city, state, and country you may live in, God can and will use you to bless someone else when you step out in faith and use your gifts and talents to glorify Him. Make 2012 your "WWW." year, worship, Word, and witness with Jesus Saves Ministries!
It is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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