What development in the church encourages me most? I’m greatly encouraged by the number of congregations who are putting their Bible-related materials online, both in audio, http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/audio-sermons/, and in video: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/video-sermons/.
On my Bible study blog alone, I’ve listed many congregations who offer Bible study courses online, have Bible study resource sites, advertise their upcoming lectureships, list the various news events in the brotherhood. There are evangelism sites maintained by the church, that are helping evangelize the world for Christ. There are mission efforts around the world that have websites online, for members to contribute to those efforts. We have schools of preaching that are online, for any man interested in preparing himself for full time ministry. An individual can even go online and get the same Bible-related material as one would get at a two-year preaching school: http://www.oabs.org/. They can acquire low-cost video teaching tapes of every book in the Bible: http://wvbs.org/home.cfm
The list is endless.
Brethren, the teaching potential in using the Internet, is virtually limitless. At a very minimal cost to the church, we can do today, what it used to cost thousands of dollars to do just a few years ago. Just in publishing costs alone, many dollars have been saved by using the Internet. Those extra dollars saved can and should go to other missionary efforts at home and abroad.
For example, every Bible topic that the Bible classes at Montana Street have studied, has come from written material, either by me or other members of the congregation, saving the congregation a great deal of money that can be used in other areas of service.
Brethren, there’s no question in my mind that we can take the gospel to the whole world, as our Lord commanded us to do (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/20/winning-one-soul-to-christ-in-2010-%E2%80%94-we-can-do-it/. We have the resources – It’s just a matter of our being willing to do it (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
We need to remember that we’ll be judged on our stewardship of the resources that God has so richly provided us with (Luke 16:1-12; cf. Luke 12:42-48).