Contributed on Jun 11, 2012
Facebook is a social networking site where people tell us all about themselves. But the Bible tells us God has a "facebook" page on each of us. What's on that Facebook, and what can we do to make it more appealing?
OPEN: How many of you do NOT use the internet (a few raised their hands). How many of you do NOT use Facebook (a significantly larger number raised their hands). Over the next few weeks we’re going to be talking about “Social Networking”, which is a term that describes how ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2012
Facebook friends really aren’t friends, they’re casual acquaintances on the internet. But real friendship is a powerful thing that Jesus not only gave us, but taught us to use for His kingdom. What does Friendship mean to Jesus and to us?
OPEN: I read about a woman who telephoned a friend and asked how she was feeling, "Terrible," came the reply over the wire, "my head’s splitting and my back and legs are killing me. The house is a mess, and the kids are simply driving me crazy." Very sympathetically the caller said, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2012
Facebook is experimenting with a few new features to guilt people into being more involved on their website. Find why that is, and why it’s also a problem in Church. What "features" does God use to help His people be more involved in His church.
OPEN: For people who haven’t been here for the past couple of weeks I’ve been talking about an internet social network called Facebook. It’s THE most popular social network on the internet with 400 million and people gather there to exchange pictures, ideas and dreams. But not everybody on ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2012
Jesus said He came to set us free from sin. But do we all sin? If I’m free from sin, does that mean I’m not in slavery? And, if I’m free from sin, does that mean I’ll come to a point in my life when I never sin again?
OPEN: As Americans we enjoy a number of basic freedoms that very few people on the face of the earth enjoy. What I’d like to do now is ask you what freedoms you know that we have as Americans? (The audience responded with a number of liberties we have) Of course many of us knew of our freedom ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2012
Viruses infect PCs (Personal Computers), and sins infect PLs (our Personal Lives). Facebook has become one place where we can see certain viruses/sins infect the language and attitudes of those who use that site.
OPEN: A few yrs ago, a computer specialist by the name of Didier Stevens came up with a humorous ad campaign he placed on Google (a popular internet site). The Ad read in this way: "Is your PC (Personal Computer) virus-free? Get it infected here!" Now for those of you not familiar with ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2012
Did you know you can get banned from Facebook? And according to this text, you can get "banned" from church too. But why would God ask a church to do that to someone in church? That doesn't seem very loving or kind. What is God trying to accomlish in this
(We opened with an approximately 2 ½ minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-CeW-5Do9o&feature=related). They ban people from Facebook? Did you know that? Well, I knew it… I just didn’t know how common it was. And – as we heard on that video - it’s shocking ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2012
You can tell what’s important to someone by reading their Facebook. But what’s important to you? What would be the most important thing you’d post on your Facebook? Would it be Jesus? If so, how can you do that effectively?
OPEN: On the way home from church a little girl who said, “Mom, I’ve been thinking.” The mother said, “Oh! About what?” The girl replied, “Well, my teacher this morning said God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied. “He also said that God lives within us. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2012
Paul taught us to be "versatile" in reaching out to people. But at times this can make us VERY uncomfortable. How can we make sure we share our faith with people who make us uncomfortable, and do it in such a way that we don’t betray our faith in Jesus?
OPEN: A man named J. K. Johnston studied the Gospels and asked this question as he poured over Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: Where did Jesus meet people? According to his tabulations: · The Gospels recorded 132 contacts Jesus had with people o 6 were in the Temple. o 4 were in ...read more