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Now, that got me to thinking…
If people love Jesus, they share their faith on Facebook.
So, how should folks share their faith on the internet?
As I studied our text for this morning I learned that – first
If He’s real to you… He’ll show through.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched— this we proclaim concerning the Word of life…. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard…” I John 1:1 & 3a
Notice what John is saying:
We HEARD these things.
We SAW these things.
We HANDLED these things.
And that’s what we’re telling you about.
In other words, this isn’t a religious game he’s playing.
He’s not doing this for show.
In fact, like the other apostles, John ends up suffering for his faith. He’s the only one not martyred because of what he preaches. But the authorities do end up exiling John to the Isle of Patmos so that they can keep him from preaching and teaching others about Christ.
But even that doesn’t stop him.
John preached Jesus because he had tell about Jesus.
He was DRIVEN to do this because he loved Jesus so much.
John was sharing something he KNOWS is true.
He’d heard it, seen it, touched it.
He was sharing all of this because… it gave him joy.
“We write this to make our joy complete.” 1 John 1:4
The problem with many people is – they kinda float through their faith. They go to church, they sing some songs, they pray some prayers, they listen to lessons and sermons. Then they go home
And God’s kinda there.
He’s over in the corner somewhere.
But God is never the main focus of that home.
He’s over at the church building. And these folks won’t give him much thought until next Sunday when they go back to that building where they left Him.
And so, God would rarely be on their Facebook page… unless they felt guilty about not putting Him there. But then… there would be NO JOY in their sharing.
But John put Jesus on his Facebook because it gave him joy every time he talked about Him.
ILLUS: I just talked with a preacher who had a young man in his congregation who called him to see about remarrying he and his wife. They had been happily married for 10 years… but they hadn’t been Christians at the time. Now, 10 years later, they wanted to redo their vows as Christians.
It was a beautiful wedding ceremony – large crowd, bride in her gown, groom in his tux, bridesmaids, and groomsmen - and they took lots of pictures.
Then the bride put those pictures on Facebook.
She told her “friends” that she just wanted to share this wonderful experience with them. And she wrote that one of the major reasons they “remarried” was because they were now Christians and they wanted to do this as Christians. They wanted to share their wedding vows with Jesus.
She got about 50 replies from people in town (some Christians, some not) - all positive. And nobody thought she was being hypocritical about sharing her love for Jesus because she was being real about her love for Christ.
So that’s the first step in sharing your Jesus is to be honest about it.
This is vitally important, because if you’re not honest – people will know.
So how do you know if you’re being honest?
Well, you might ask yourself
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