Wong—Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Over a decade ago, the True
Jesus Church’s Community Outreach Volunteer (COV) system highlighted the plight
of an Indonesian sister residing in Germany. She had to make a two-hour commute
to Hamburg twice a month to attend Sabbath worship services. During this time,
her fourteen-month-old son was also suffering from severe neuro-dermatitis.
This disheartening situation greatly challenged her faith. But by God’s grace,
she received encouragement and strength by listening to sermons uploaded to the
tjc.org website. This spurred her to submit a request to the True Jesus
Church’s Internet Ministry Program (IMP) team to upload more audio and video
sermons. This request has greatly encouraged the IMP team that their labor is
not in vain in the Lord.
You are the salt of the earth;
but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for
nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light
of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Mt 5:13–14)
Salt is typically used for
seasoning. How should we “season” our online communication? Today, the
prevailing methods of communication are emails, short messages and social media
posts. This has led to the inventive use of acronyms, abbreviations, icons,
emojis and animated images such as GIFs. Unfortunately, such abbreviations can
leave room for misunderstanding; for example, “LOL” could be interpreted as
“lots of love” or “laughing out loud.” The elderly, being accustomed to more
formal styles of communication, may have difficulties understanding these
unfamiliar expressions. In light of these considerations, we ought to be
thoughtful of our intended audience when we communicate online. Also, we ought
to take it upon ourselves to seek clarification when we are unable to
understand a message fully. Such efforts to “season” our conversations properly
would preempt unnecessary misunderstandings and conflicts.
Salt is also used for
preservation. The internet is a helpful platform to share ideas, views and
knowledge. It provides services like online shopping or access to information
on the latest trends. The internet can also simply be used for recreational
browsing. Despite its various merits, this platform can be easily abused to
become a gateway to addictive behavior. As True Jesus Church Christians, we
have a responsibility to spread good tidings. This includes providing sound
advice grounded in truth and biblically accurate teachings. In order to do so,
we have to invest time to review the factual accuracy of what we share, and to
be aware how our sharing, and, thus, implicit endorsements, may impact fellow
believers and non-believers alike.
The True Jesus Church is
established by the Lord Jesus to preach the gospel of salvation and save souls.
We need to carefully assess how the IMP should support our mission to “make
disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). This can only be done with the abidance
and power of the Holy Spirit.
can you help?
As an individual, involvement in the IMP is simple:
We need our Lord Jesus Christ to guide us to carry out His will. Include
the internet ministry in your personal prayer list. Everyone can support the
internet ministry with intercessory prayers.
Spread the good tidings to all people. Identify and share edifying
videos, articles and content from church websites (including tjc.org). To do so
requires that we become familiar with and sensitive to the current needs of
others. Sharing content from our church website also helps improve the tjc.org
search rating. If you notice any inaccuracies in articles or content, please
report them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write and contribute articles, share testimonies, and produce videos and
other multimedia content to preach the gospel (Lk 24:47–48). Such invaluable
material can be produced through collaboration between churches’ audio-visual
teams, writers, editors, graphic designers and video producers, as well as
other behind-the-scene workers. There are many ways to prepare and equip
ourselves for the ministry. Take the initiative to hone your skills and
contribute while rallying fellow like-minded members to the cause. Remember to
pray that all work is done according to His will.
Participate in the COV team
We preach to save souls. While internet ministry can be the first step
towards bringing people to the Lord, certain aspects of salvation, such as
baptism, cannot be conducted in a virtual setting. The COV team comprises True
Jesus Church members who do the outreach and stand as a ready point-of-contact
to bring to fruition the work initiated and nurtured by the IMP. COV members
can meet and provide counselling and answers to those seeking the truth. People
have short attention spans. They may feel a fleeting yearning for God, only to
forget about it moments later. The COV team provides a real connection between
the church and online truth-seekers, facilitating systematic follow-up efforts
through regular encouragements. You can become part of the COV team by
registering with your general assembly’s IMP team, or you can drop an email to
email@example.com and let us know you intend to join the COV team.
“Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8). All that we have has
been given to us freely. Your contributions to the IMP are but a fraction of
your life that you can readily offer for the love and grace you have received.
Offering your time, effort and money to support the IMP is pleasing to God.
Remember that nothing you do for God in His name shall be in vain (1 Cor
Collectively, the church plays an important role in IMP.
As with any church work, efforts in prayers are important. Like it or
not, the internet has worked its way into every corner and crevice of modern
life. It has become a fundamental part of life in both urban and rural areas.
The IMP needs God’s wisdom to effectively utilize the virtual tools at its
disposal, while seeking His protection from online assault, depravity and
misinformation (Mt 6:13). The church should encourage and pray earnestly to the
Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to serve Him in the internet ministry.
More training sessions on internet ministry are needed. Such trainings can
include educating our members on virtual safety and security, along with the
pros and cons of different types of online activities. The church can also
provide opportunities and support for members willing and able to offer their
varied talents to maintain church websites or launch new projects (for example,
The church can connect talented members from local churches with their
general assemblies and the International Assembly (IA). There are many skilled
members around the world, but they may be working in isolated or uncoordinated
environments. Unity and collaboration are essential to wisely manage the
limited resources available to the IMP. Churches have to work with one another
and with the IMP to connect members and raise awareness of the work being done
in this area; “a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl 4:12). Under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit, we must consider how best to bring all the organs
of the church together efficiently, so that we may improve our work for the
good of the body (Rom 12:3–8).
was your last visit to tjc.org?
By God’s grace, the IMP has
come a long way. In 2017, the IA launched a new portal for the tjc.org
evangelism site, with a revamped user interface. The new site is more intuitive
and user-friendly. It was released along with a public YouTube channel. The
e-Library (ia.tjc.org/elibrary) also has a variety of edifying contents to meet
Work on expanding the
e-Library, to include Bible study sites and provide content in languages
besides English and Mandarin, is in progress. Many more features are also being
developed. One upcoming feature is the ability to easily share evangelistic
events among general assemblies, regional coordination boards and local
churches. Everyone will be able to access pastoral, evangelistic, training and
events information on a common site. With your prayers and support, we can
continue to develop useful features.
We encourage you to browse
the current website and familiarize yourself with the contents and resources
The IMP is at various stages
of construction and is far from being a finished product. We welcome any
support that members can offer. There have been many difficulties along the
way. Yet with God’s grace and guidance, we have and will continue to overcome.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
“Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the
temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. (Hag
May the Lord stir up our
hearts to serve Him in this ministry!
APPENDIX: The COV Program
The internet has brought the world much closer. As one entrepreneur once remarked, with the internet, one can make money even while asleep. Likewise, the internet can be a useful platform for our evangelistic outreach and pastoral work. However, despite the convenience it provides, the internet does have its shortcomings. As Christians, we must seek to use the internet for good and seize every opportunity to fulfill the evangelistic mission entrusted to us by our Lord Jesus.