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Church media is becoming an increasingly important part of our church culture. The 21st century is dominated by television, movies, music, and the internet. All of these influences are having an effect on our lives and thoughts. It is very easy to let media run our lives, but we need to be careful to guard ourselves against the forces of evil. Whether you like all of the technology or not, media is here to stay, so it is up to Christians to utilize media to reach this world for Christ.
Media is a tool just like anything else. It can be used for evil or for good. As Christians, there are many ways we can use church media to help evangelize the lost. Have a movie night at the church where you show a Christian movie. At the time of this writing, Courageous is in many movie theaters across America. Many people will see it in the movie theaters, but not everyone is going to see it there. Schedule a night where members of the church can invite non-Christians to a movie night at the church. You could make it even less intimidating by having the movie night at a location other than the church. Many people who aren’t Christians will go to a movie night even if you are watching a Christian movie.
Some of the best church media today comes in the form of awesome Christian music. There are many Christian and praise bands that don’t get much exposure in the secular world. Christian concerts happen all over the country, so invite your non-Christian friends out to a concert with a rockin’ Christian band! Most Christian concerts include a time for a Gospel message to reach out to the unbelievers in the audience.
The worship at your church is very important as it relates to church media. Music has a way of stirring up the emotions of people unlike anything else. Every year, there are many new songs being written and sung in congregations all over the world. Many of the new songs will appeal to outsiders visiting the church. While it would be better for people to come to church because they are observing the Sabbath and fellowshipping with other believers, the reality is that many people come to church with other motives. The music can help bring people into the congregation, and once they are there, it is the responsibility of the members to help keep people there.
The rise of YouTube is a lesson for everyone that people love to watch videos. Videos can be utilized in sermons too. Many churches now have overhead projection systems that make it easy to show movie clips for sermons. As a result, there is a huge demand for short Christian videos that can be shown in church services. Don’t be afraid to break up your sermons with movie clips during the sermon.
Church media is having a huge impact on the 21st century church. Media does not have to be a negative influence in your life. Use church media to help reach this world for Christ!