April 7, 2020 | IFA Staff
The world has paused because of the global pandemic, the coronavirus, and we are seeing people open to God. Internet searches for spiritual direction are up and surveys report that over 40% of people believe that this is a wake-up call from God. Now is the time for the Church to share the good news we have with the world.
To help you do that, we want to let you know about two initiatives by other Christian organizations that you can join this week.
First, #jesuschangedmylife is an effort led by the Gospel Coalition encouraging believers to post their testimony on social media this week. By tagging #jesuschangedmylife, you connect your story with thousands and seekers can easily search and read about what God has done for Christians around the world. Here’s the gist of it:
“The idea is simple. We want to mobilize Christians across the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus by testifying on social media to how he changed their life. We want people all over the world—quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones—to see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. Rather than each of us inviting one person to an Easter service, we could each proclaim the gospel to hundreds of non-Christian friends and co-workers and invite them to join our local churches with their online Easter services.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Create a one- to two-minute video of yourself sharing your testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Here are some tips on how to tell your story, as well as selfie video best practices (see also here). Include an invitation at the end of your video for others to believe in Jesus, and welcome them to follow up with you or another Christian community for help in this difficult season. If you don’t want to share a video of yourself, feel free to just write your testimony in a social-media post!
- Share the video on social media starting the Monday of Easter Week (April 6). Be sure to use hashtag #JesusChangedMyLife and tag your church’s social-media handle in your post (e.g. #JesusChangedMyLife @RealityLA) so people can learn more about Jesus through a local church.
- Pray that the resurrection power of Jesus on display in these videos would inspire many to tune into a service on Easter and begin their own #JesusChangedMyLife journeys.”
If you don’t know how to do this, ask a young friend or relative to help you. Think about it, do your children and grandchildren know the story of how Jesus changed your life? Friends? Neighbors? Now is the time for us to share our stories. In fact, tell your story by leaving a comment below.
And to encourage you, look at what Jesus said, in this verse from today’s readings in the Pray for America One Year Bible:
“I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.” (Luke 12:8)
Second, we also want you to know about an incredible event happening this Wednesday, April 8, 2020. It’s called Leader Check-In/Perspective in the Pandemic:
“The goal of Leader Check-In is to come alongside you, your team, and family with biblical, practical help for this crisis moment. Now is the time, more than ever, to be the Church that freely gives away our insights, resources, and practical guidance to hungry leaders navigating uncharted waters, seeking credible and trusted direction.
Join together with business, ministry, and nonprofit leaders from across the world for live discussions on highly practical topics and insights surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leader Check-In will feature:
- times of prayer, worship, and biblical encouragement from men and women of God
- an update on COVID-19 from United States Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams
- tips about the CARES Act from United States Senator Tim Scott
- advice for leaders feeling under pressure from Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend
Leader Check-In is a joint initiative of Pulse and Year of the Bible, and is happening in partnership with thousands of churches and organizations worldwide. Every speaker is volunteering their time because collectively we believe that now is the time for the Church to meet the needs of a hurting world.” And it’s an incredible line-up of Christian leaders.