23rd March 2019

For The Gospel’s Sake

“I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;…I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”
1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23 (NKJV)

Social media is much in the news and a controversial topic, with facebook, twitter and even email considered an evil by some and a blessing by others, as we heard in a recent Day by Day.

Wikipedia’s definition of Social Media says, “Social media are interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.” This sounds like a blessing—the sharing of information, ideas and communicating in communities and networks. After all, families and communities are positive places to grow and be nurtured. We commune with God in prayer, which could be likened to a spiritual email, internet or perhaps skype and ‘facetime’!

And yet, when one becomes excessive and is constantly on social media instead of living in the real world and learning how to interact with their fellow human beings, this can be harmful to one’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health. When bullying and grooming occur and ‘fake news’ is spread, this is taking something that can be a blessing and it becomes a curse in our global society. Such has always been the case throughout history: consider, for example, the aeroplane which can be a blessing when we wish to travel and visit family, but a curse when used for war.

The header scripture shows that Paul used every means he could find to promote the Gospel, and we try to do that as well. The internet is only 30 years old but is now accessible even in deepest Africa as well as reaching into the majority of homes in the UK. Our Day by Day website has been spreading the Word of God for ten years, but Day by Day is also on other social media thanks to Gary Glenister a GCI Elder in Wales who posts each study on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GCIdaybyday/) and a summary on Twitter (https://twitter.com/gcidaybyday?lang=en) where an average of 150 people view them each day. If you ‘like’ it, why not recommend it to friends or ‘retweet’ and ‘pay it forward’?!

Father in heaven, as we commune with you, help us to keep in mind the way we use modern communication tools so that they will be a blessing to share the Gospel of your love and grace.

Study by Nancy Silcox


About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com




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