Sat01Nov

SNAPPY SERMONS

‘Ezra…stood on a platform…which they had made for the purpose.’ Nehemiah 8:4 NKJ

Jerusalem had been in ruins, until Nehemiah redeveloped the flattened city into a home again. The architect had even thrown a custom built preaching platform into the deal. And, as Ezra stood on the platform preaching for the sixth hour about what God had done (you thought your church service went on a bit) the people wept and sang and cheered.

 

A ‘platform’ is anything that makes you noticeable and lets you be heard. Who needs a six hour sermon when your phone’s your own stage? The internet’s given you Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest – you now have the chance to be in your friends’ and families’ lives every day. So what are you going to do with those platforms?

Be a beacon. Be an internet encourager. Don’t let low confidence or jadedness snipe your hope. It might be something as simple as posting a quote or a link to W4U, so that people see how God is mixed in with the texture of your everyday food snaps. Or better, speak to those friends that you know could do with a word-lift, or send an encouraging interweb-link that you know will make them smile deep-deep-down in the bit of them that needs to know that Jesus is Lord, and that He loves them.

 

...Who knows what your feed could accomplish today?

 

What Now?

Two reading tasks for you (2Day): Read Nehemiah 8:1-12, *then*, read your facebook/twitter/whatever profile. By bringing God’s word to people, Ezra saw huge response. Open that social media app, now (yes, right now.) Bring God’s word to someone today.

 *1 Chron 17:1-20, *Heb 11:4 - 12:3, *Ps 18:20-29, *Pr 4:18

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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