This ministry has been given a fresh vision and mandate by God to begin to produce a weekly broadcast quality television show that will reach out to the general public in a new and unique way. As many already know, most people in the United States, Canada, Europe and many other countries today have become very jaded and turned off by the Church and Christian television. Let's face the facts: most people today are not interested in going to church and show little to no interest in the things of God as a whole, much less attend some evangelistic outreach, or watch another lukewarm redone religious television program. Nevertheless, these people need to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the television media is still an excellent way to accomplish this goal.
Sooner or later most unchurched people that watch television will come across a Christian program while channel surfing. However, most often, what people usually see is a minister behind a pulpit, perhaps with a cross behind his shoulder hanging on the wall. And though there is nothing wrong with this type of Christian programming, for the average unbeliever these are signs that tell them, “Quick, change the channel!” Therefore, most of these programs are not the most effective evangelistic outreaches on television to the unchurched, though many of these programs do help save a great many people and are a great asset to the kingdom.
Most unbelievers today that come across a religious program cannot seem to change the channel fast enough. In most cases, they are completely turned off merely at the sight of anything that appears to be Christian or religious in nature. This is due to the fact that Hollywood and the media have brainwashed most of the public into thinking that Christianity is useless and a waste of time, especially when there are so many other interesting things to watch on television (no matter how bad in content). Therefore, it brings up the question, “Is there a way that we can more effectively reach out to these unchurched people through the television media long enough to capture their interest and present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a format they would be willing to watch and receive?
NEW TELEVISION SERIES - SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH
The vision of Living Rivers Ministries comes into focus. We have a vision and a mandate from the Lord to “take the church to the people” in a way that they will be able to receive it. The Lord has directed us to accomplish this is by producing a one-hour weekly, broadcast quality, television program that we call, “Searching for the Truth.” This program is designed to be an interesting and informative evangelistic outreach to the general public as well as an excellent program to minister to Christians. This show will be presented in a documentary format, similar to many shows on the History or Discovery channels.
This program will be produced in a very natural setting meant to appeal to the general public. Much of the program will be filmed outside under trees, at beaches, on mountaintops, next to rivers and streams, and in many other interesting places. Instead of sharing the gospel in a religious setting or from a pulpit we intend to share the gospel in a very natural, simplistic way and in a very neutral environment that will not intimidate the average viewer. By repackaging the gospel message in a more palatable way for the average television viewer we believe that more people will open their hearts, letting down their guard and more easily receive the gospel message.
Think for a moment, over the years, how often have you flipped though channels and found yourself drawn into watching some show that caught your eye? That’s exactly what we intend this program to do. We plan to create a program that will catch the eye of someone channel surfing and draw them into a neutral setting where we can share the truth of the gospel of Christ. From the comfort of their homes, viewers can watch without intimidation and discover for themselves the true character and goodness of God. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch an interesting program, learn new facts, yet at the same time be exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Unlike most documentaries about the bible or religion produced on secular channels to date, we will be able to interview people who truly know God and have something interesting, worthwhile and biblically sound to say about the topics discussed. And unlike many secular religious documentaries that seem to leave out “the God factor” when considering the topics of the bible, this program’s main objective is to honor God and make Him the central focus. In contrast, most secularly produced programs, while well intentioned, tend to interview intellectual, theological,professors from theological or secular universities, who, though highly educated and lettered, sound like they don't even know God. And they also tend to interview a variety of guru experts, none of which, in most cases, seem to have any real relationship or knowledge of the living God or any understanding of His true nature and character. Many of these people seem to have a form of godliness, but in the end, they really deny God and the truth of His word, leaving most people with a skewed idea of God and the bible.
“Searching for the Truth” intends to set the record straight.
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