Hi! I am super glad you are here and hope this site will be a great resource for you. Right now I am doing a mini series on how to Use Social Media to Glorify God.
Part One-Why Social Media
Part Two- The Potential
Part Three- Heart of the Matter
Part Four- 10 Practical Tips on How to Blog for the Glory of God
So the question is, what really can God do? Sure, 98% of millennials (18-30 year olds) are on facebook, and 1 in 9 people in the world... but can it really be used to reach people for Christ?
Well, let me tell you four stories.
Story One: Meet my sweet friend Tanya.
I met Tanya through facebook and she ended up getting involved with our ministry. She built friendships with other students and would go to bible studies but wasn't ready to trust Jesus with her life. We would chat on facebook every now and then and I would write little bits of encouragement on her wall and invite her and her son over for lunch when I could. I got to share the gospel with her and I know of 2 other people who did as well. She just wasn't ready. We kept praying.
Finally, while chatting on facebook I asked her if she was ready to submit her life to Christ. She typed "yes". So right there, typed out on facebook chat, Tanya received Jesus' forgiveness and surrendered her life to Him. God used facebook to transfer Tanya from the kindgom of death to the kingdom of life. How beautiful!
Austin took a few guys to a closed middle eastern country last summer to help fulfill the Great Commission. While they were there, they set up a quick website that had a picture of him and the guys with a little bit about them and their contact info. Then they made a facebook ad telling people to click to talk about who Jesus is. They targeted the city they were in and 18-25 year olds since they were spending their time on campus. In just a couple hours of running the ad (they ran out of money because of all the clicks), they had 771 students click on the link and a handful email them asking questions about who Jesus was. Pretty cool huh.
Not too long ago on twitter there was a girl who was commenting on how she didn't know her purpose and was awful at everything, convinced she was a giant failure. I got to encourage her in 140 characters ;) and send her a link to The Story, a great website that talks about how much we need Jesus.
Story Four: Meet Kristi.
These stories are only the tip of the iceberg for what God can do. And I can't wait to get to the practical stuff to help you make the most of your online spheres of influence. But before then, come by tomorrow to read about the heart and social media.