Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Prayer Request 11/7 - 11/13

New mobile phone-based media allow personal conversation, group chat, and broadcast news. WeChat is one such media and is very popular in China. We pray for wisdom for believers and churches so they can master these new tools to share the Gospel and promote better fellowship.
Christians can use WeChat to share Jesus with their circles of friends. This is the most common, efficient and easiest way. Many believers are timid and afraid of sharing their faith. We pray for courage and wisdom so we can all share the gospel. Wisely using WeChat to share with others what God has done in our lives.
Christians can literally turn their circle of friends on Wechat into a base for personal evangelism. It is best not to be too pushy or send messages too often. If you chose to forward Christian articles to their friends, be sure to verify theological accuracy and add personal reflection. We know faith without works is dead, so we pray that believers will not only share their faith but also have a good testimony of their lives.
Churches and fellowships can use the new media to share the Gospel. Two common ways are to form groups and use the group chat. Within the group, people can share news, events, prayer requests, answer questions, as well as sharing Bible and testimony. We pray for more intimate fellowship as churches use Wechat. Be reminded, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
Wechat is adopted by many Chinese churches and fellowship groups. However, there is a big difference between online and offline groups. Speaking in person is irreplaceable. We pray Christians will intentionally build a personal relationship with people they share the Gospel with online. Strive to lead our online friends to actual fellowship and church. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11)
It is said that young Chinese cannot live without their phones or social media now. In China, people’s lives and their source of information are now totally dependent on social media. We pray for revival among China’s young people turn to Jesus. We too pray that churches will intentionally attract and engage them to join a warm and welcoming fellowship.
In China, cults also heavily utilize social media to attract followers. They present themselves as Christians, but lure the unsuspecting believers into their own groups. This is also a common method of their proselytizing and organizing meetings. We praise the Lord that churches in China have ultimately been strengthened by the lessons learned from dealing with the Eastern Lightning cult. We continue to pray for protection from all extreme and devious teaching of the false teachers.

近年出現許多以手機為平台的新媒體,能「個人對話」、「群組聊天」,也能立刻發佈消息。「微信」就是現時在中國最普及的此類平台,幾乎人人都使用。 我們禱告教會和信徒都能有智慧掌握和使用現今的科技新媒體來廣傳福音,且能藉此促進肢體相交和彼此關顧。
教會和團契能利用新媒體傳福音和建立教會;「群組聊天」和「團契的公眾平台」是最常用的兩種方式。在群組中,可以發佈消息、代禱事項、屬靈資源、信仰提問、經文探討和靈裡學習等等。 感謝主,許多教會團契確實能藉著「微信」有更親密的肢體生活。求主保守我們,「污穢的言語一句不可出口,只要隨事說造就人的好話,叫聽見的人得益處。」(弗4: 29)
線上的群組應當和線下的聚會相結合,不可以「線上」完全取代「線下」。微信公眾號是越來越多被教會、團契使用的傳播方式。求主幫助信徒與福音對象能建立線下的個人關係,基督徒在線下活得出真實的見證才是叫人認識主的關鍵。我們應當利用「朋友圈」把人導向團契和教會。「 所以,你們該彼此勸慰,互相建立,正如你們素常所行的。」 帖前 5:11

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