Ministry in a Virtual World #7 (Digital Journal)

Keeping a journal has often been cited as a key component to growing in one’s faith. Reading scripture and recording one’s thoughts and ideas brings the text to life. Through journaling, practical ways of dealing with life issues can be discovered. It is one way for learners to discover the best way of being obedient to Jesus.

In recent years it has been common to keep an online journal or blog. A blog is a means of sharing one’s thoughts and ideas with others across the Internet. There are many alternative forms of blogging such as microblogging, vlogging, chatting, vodcasting, and webcasting: to name a few.

There is a risk to any form of blogging. There are many trolls on the Internet. They attempt to make life miserable for you and dispute any thing you might post. These haters appear in many forms such as spammers, hackers, bots and a variety of online viruses. The intent is usually to access your information for their own ill purposes.

It may make you wonder why you would want to blog. For a number of people, it can be a creative effort. It allows one to express their ideas in a variety of ways. However, whatever form a blog might take, the reward for believers is the ability to reach a global community with the Gospel.

The Great Commission says to make disciples, not get followers. There is a difference. (Miguel Nunez)
Key Idea: “Risk and Rewards”

A blog is also known as a Weblog. It is a personal online diary, or journal which allows you to share your thoughts and ideas, you can add video, games, pictures, music, you can read comments visitor leave on your blog; you can do all these things without the need of any programming knowledge.

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NLT 

“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 NLT

Questions:

What are some of the risks of being a digital disciple or online missionary?
What are some of the rewards of being a digital disciple or online missionary?