Do you know the best way to use the Internet for ministry

Do You Know the Best Way to Use The Internet for Ministry?

Peter Guirguis Online Evangelism 4 Comments

Of all the different ministries that you can do online, do you think there’s one ministry that stands out as being the best?

Think of all the different ministries that you could be engaging in on the Internet:

  • You can share Scripture on Facebook or Twitter.
  • You can share a short video from an anointed sermon.
  • You can engage in a conversation with an unbeliever about God.

In my opinion, of all the different ministries that you can be doing on the Internet, there is one that stands out as being the most effective.

That’s what I taught in a workshop recently, as well as in a blog post a few weeks ago called, The Top Five Ways to Use Twitter for Ministry.

Even though my workshop and blog post had to do with Twitter, you can  apply the teaching in that blog post to most social networks.

So What is the Best Way to Do Internet Ministry?

The answer is writing your testimony online and sharing it regularly using your social networks.

Why? Read on to find out some of the reasons that you probably never thought of.

Last year, God put it on my heart to write my testimony on my blog.

Quite frankly, I was afraid of doing it.

That’s because there were parts of my testimony that members of my family didn’t know about.

I was afraid that some of my family members would react negatively once they read my story.

But praise God, none of my fears ever came true. In fact, just the opposite happened.

God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind

I got amazing feedback from people who loved reading my testimony.

God brought new ministry opportunities straight to my door.

Additionally, God has immensely blessed me for writing my testimony online.

It’s one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had the privilege of participating in!

In this week’s blog post, I’m going to give you five reasons why you should write your testimony online.

In next week’s blog post, I’m going to give you tips from what I’ve learned on how to write your testimony, so that people will want to read it and share it.

5 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Testimony Online and Share it on the Internet

1.  Reason #1 – God Says You Should Do It

Do you remember the story of the demon possessed man in Mark 5?

Jesus asks the demon possessed man what his name is and he says, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”

After Jesus exorcises the demon out of the man, the Bible says that the man begged Jesus to be able to go with Him.

However, Jesus didn’t grant the demon possessed man’s request.

Instead, Jesus said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”

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Then it says in the next verse that the demon possessed man did what Jesus told him. “And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

Have you been touched by Jesus? Has God changed your life?

If the answer is yes, then Jesus is telling you today, “Go to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.”

Go and tell someone what great things the Lord has done for you

 

2.  Reason #2 – It Sets the Captive Free

In Revelation 12, the apostle John shares the vision of what he saw and heard in heaven.

In verse 11, it says that the Saints overcame the enemy, “By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”

So from this one verse, we see that there are two powerful elements that can be used to overcome Satan:

  1.  The blood of the Lamb which is the gospel
  2.  Your testimony

There’s a reason that we are encouraged to share our testimonies.

It’s because it is so darn powerful when people hear from your lips about how Jesus has changed your life.

3.  Reason #3 – Telling Your Story is Engaging

Whenever you go to church and you listen to a message, you’ll notice that the times when you are most engaged with the sermon is when the Pastor is telling a story.

That’s because stories are powerful when they are told correctly.

Jesus knew this and it’s why the Bible says that He spoke in parables.

Studies have shown that when we listen to stories, the language processing parts of our brain is activated.

Not only that, but the part of our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story is activated as well. (source)

When you share your testimony with someone, you can be sure that the unbeliever is going to be engaged with your story.

4.  Reason #4 – It Will Bring You Great Results

When you share your testimony with someone, one of two things can happen:

  •  A gospel seed will be planted in the unbelievers heart which might cause him/her to come to Christ at a later time.
  •  Or, an unbeliever might come to Christ right after you share with them your testimony and the gospel.

Either way, it’s a win/win situation!  You can’t lose when you share your testimony.

The advantage of writing your testimony online is that you only have to write it once and you can share it for years to come.

I published my testimony on my blog on July 15, 2014. Below is a screenshot from Google analytics.

Google Analytics of Peter Guirguis testimony as of June 7, 2015

By the grace of God and all glory be to Him, these are the statistics for the number of people who have read my testimony in less than one year.

 

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You’ll notice the number highlighted in pink shows that 4,156 people have read my testimony so far.

The average time that they spend reading it is a whopping 7 minutes and 17 seconds.

That’s 4,156 people who have been touched by what Jesus has done in my life.

Wow, that’s awesome!

Glory to God!

How many people will be touched when they read your story of what Jesus has done in your life?

5.  Reason #5 – God Will Bless You

If I can tell you all the ways that God has blessed me for writing my testimony, then I’d be writing for many more paragraphs.

I can’t begin to tell you the number of opportunities that God has brought to my door because of my testimony.

I’ve received emails from moms who have kids who have left the faith. They’ve shared with their children a link to my testimony and it’s caused some of them to reconsider their positions.

God even once used Google to lead a backslidden woman to my testimony.

She googled, “atheist turns Christian,” and my testimony was among the top results.

She ended up reading my story and then contacting me through my blog.

By the grace of God, I was able to minister to her through email.

There is no doubt that God will bless you and open doors for you if you’ll tell the world about the great things He has done for you.

How to Write Your Testimony

In this week’s blog post, I wanted to make the case for how amazing it is to write your testimony online and to share it on your social networks.

In next week’s blog post, I’m going to share with you the lessons that I learned from writing my own testimony.

I’ll include what has worked, what didn’t work, and what I would do differently.

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Peter Guirguis

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I'm the Technology and Social Media Manager of Calvary Chapel South Bay, a church in Gardena, California. My passion is to see people give their life to Christ both online and offline. I've created the free guide to getting thousands of Twitter followers to show ordinary people how to get extraordinary results on Twitter.

Comments 4

  1. Peter

    Thanks for this article. Our personal testimony is one of the many tools that God can use. I look forward to your tips.

    I like to encourage people to possibly include all the different parts of the journey to faith. I write about it here in an article you tweeted for me. (Thanks!)

    http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2015/faith-story-number-2-your-journey-to-faith/

    Not only should we share the moment of conversion, but be familiar with all the important and crucial steps it took for us to get there. We may not have time to share all those steps in a moment’s opportunity, but we may see these steps in other people’s journey and help them move forward.

    1. Thanks so much Chris for linking back to your article. I’m sure folks from the Not Ashamed of the Gospel community are going to find it helpful, especially since you are a gifted writer 🙂

  2. Amen to be loved of God in joy today and bearing a cross of Christ in favor and and not ashame to follow Christ in every moment in power of God and resist deception in many plasce to destroy ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

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