In February 2004, a website was launchedthat changed the world…● Today it has over 900 million active users ● Over 450 mil...
To which website am I referring?
Mark Zuckerberg
What does Facebook   have to do with Christians?
● How many of the 900 million active  users today do you think are  Christians?● Westside Church of Christ currently  has ...
QUESTION:How often do you use Facebook?Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Hourly?
THE BOTTOM LINE:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibl...
● Edification/encouragement
Proverbs 12:25“Anxiety in the heart of man causesdepression, But a good word makes itglad.”1 Thessalonians 5:11“Therefore ...
● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests
James 5:16“Confess [your] trespasses to oneanother, and pray for one another, thatyou may be healed. The effective, ferven...
● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/  Preaching of the gospel
2 Timothy 2:15“Be diligent to present yourself approvedto God, a worker who does not need to beashamed, rightly dividing t...
● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/  Preaching of the gospel● Opportunities to g...
Philippians 2:2“[F]ulfill my joy by being like-minded,having the same love, [being] of oneaccord, of one mind.”
● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/  Preaching of the gospel● Opportunities to g...
THE BOTTOM LINE:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibl...
WARNING:However, if used irresponsibly, theuse of Facebook and other socialnetworking sites can lead to all kindsof troubl...
DANGER #1:The risk of representingourselves as Christians poorly tothe world and to our brethren—becoming a hindrance and ...
Romans 12:2“And do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewing ofyour mind, that you may prove what ...
Question:When someone logs into yourFacebook account and views yourposts, photos, videos, likes, andmore, do they see cont...
DANGER #2:Forgetting our priorities—spending too much time onFacebook to the point thatother more importantresponsibilitie...
“Critics, such as Facebook Detox, statethat Facebook has turned into a nationalobsession that results in vast amounts ofti...
Colossians 3:23“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lordand not for men”2 Thess 3:10“For even when we were with you...
1 Timothy 5:11-14“11 But refuse [the] younger widows; for whenthey have begun to grow wanton against Christ,they desire to...
DANGER #3:The risk of becoming guiltyof gossip and publiclydestroying the reputation ofthose who offend us
1 Timothy 5:11-14“11 But refuse [the] younger widows; for whenthey have begun to grow wanton against Christ,they desire to...
QUESTION:What is gossip exactly?
● When people, especially whenthey are Christians, offend us, weneed to follow the steps of Matthew18. Keeping the reputat...
Matt 18:15-1715 "Moreover if your brother sins against you,go and tell him his fault between you and himalone. If he hears...
Proverbs 25:9-10“9 Debate your case with your neighbor,And do not disclose the secret to another;10 Lest he who hears [it]...
Proverbs 22:1“A good name is to be chosen rather thangreat riches, Loving favor rather thansilver and gold.”Ecclesiastes 7...
Ephesians 4:26"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let thesun go down on your wrath”
NOTE: Think about how many friendsyou have on Facebook and how manyfriends your friends have and so on.Think about how qui...
Facebook is like Pandora’s Box. Once youpost it, you can’t change things back tothe way they were.
Proverbs 6:16, 19“16 These six [things] the LORD hates,Yes, seven [are] an abomination to Him:19 A false witness [who] spe...
● Vague status updates that implysomething negative about someonewho has offended you are oftenworse than if you had been ...
Examples of ‘vaguebooking’:Fred: “She is so infuriating. Is this really worthit?”George: “I really can’t stand some people...
● Publicly pouring out the details ofissues that should be kept privatebecause it is just our way of coping,hoping all our...
Hebrews 13:5“For He Himself has said, "I will neverleave you nor forsake you."Matthew 10:29-3129 "Are not two sparrows sol...
Proverbs 18:2“A fool has no delight in understanding,But in expressing his own heart.”Proverbs 29:11“A fool vents all his ...
One of the biggestproblems seen today whenit comes to Christians usingFacebook is the way thathusbands and wivessometimes ...
● Lets remember that it is not ourplace to try and punish people whohave offended us by making whatthey have done public
Romans 12:19Beloved, do not avenge yourselves,but [rather] give place to wrath; for itis written, "Vengeance [is] Mine, I ...
● What should we do if things arenot resolved as quickly as we wouldlike? Can we make it public then?
Ephesians 4:26"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let thesun go down on your wrath”Ephesians 4:1-31 I, therefore, the priso...
I Cor 7:10-11“To the married I give this charge (not I,but the Lord): the wife should not separatefrom her husband (but if...
I Corinthians 7:3-53 Let the husband render to his wife theaffection due her, and likewise also the wife toher husband. 4 ...
One of the biggestproblems seen today whenit comes to Christians usingFacebook is the way thathusbands and wivessometimes ...
● When we observe others talkingpublicly about people who haveoffended them when they shouldkeep things private, let’s be ...
Proverbs 26:17“He who passes by [and] meddles in aquarrel not his own [Is like] one who takesa dog by the ears.”Proverbs 2...
Romans 1:24-32"28 And even as they did not like to retain God in[their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debasedmind, to...
● If you get involved, make sureeveryone has the right motives, thatyou keep things as private aspossible, and that you fi...
Proverbs 18:13“He who answers a matter before hehears [it,] It [is] folly and shame to him.”Ephesians 5:15-16“See then tha...
CONCLUSION:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibly, Fa...
WARNING:However, if used irresponsibly, theuse of Facebook and other socialnetworking sites can lead to all kindsof troubl...
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  1. 1. In February 2004, a website was launchedthat changed the world…● Today it has over 900 million active users ● Over 450 million of these access it using a mobile device● According to one study in April 2010, an estimated 41.6% of the U.S. population had an account on this website● As of May 2012, this website is worth $104 billion, the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company
  2. 2. To which website am I referring?
  3. 3. Mark Zuckerberg
  4. 4. What does Facebook have to do with Christians?
  5. 5. ● How many of the 900 million active users today do you think are Christians?● Westside Church of Christ currently has 85 past and present members in its Facebook group● 28 male, 57 female
  6. 6. QUESTION:How often do you use Facebook?Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Hourly?
  7. 7. THE BOTTOM LINE:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibly, Facebook can be agreat tool for performing good works
  8. 8. ● Edification/encouragement
  9. 9. Proverbs 12:25“Anxiety in the heart of man causesdepression, But a good word makes itglad.”1 Thessalonians 5:11“Therefore comfort each other and edifyone another, just as you also are doing.”
  10. 10. ● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests
  11. 11. James 5:16“Confess [your] trespasses to oneanother, and pray for one another, thatyou may be healed. The effective, ferventprayer of a righteous man avails much.”
  12. 12. ● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/ Preaching of the gospel
  13. 13. 2 Timothy 2:15“Be diligent to present yourself approvedto God, a worker who does not need to beashamed, rightly dividing the word oftruth.”2 Timothy 4:2“Preach the word! Be ready in season[and] out of season. Convince, rebuke,exhort, with all longsuffering andteaching.”
  14. 14. ● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/ Preaching of the gospel● Opportunities to get to know each other better and faster than we normally would
  15. 15. Philippians 2:2“[F]ulfill my joy by being like-minded,having the same love, [being] of oneaccord, of one mind.”
  16. 16. ● Edification/encouragement● Prayer requests● Discussion of spiritual issues/ Preaching of the gospel● Opportunities to get to know each other better and faster than we normally would
  17. 17. THE BOTTOM LINE:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibly, Facebook can be agreat tool for performing good works
  18. 18. WARNING:However, if used irresponsibly, theuse of Facebook and other socialnetworking sites can lead to all kindsof trouble. We need to guardourselves against these dangers.
  19. 19. DANGER #1:The risk of representingourselves as Christians poorly tothe world and to our brethren—becoming a hindrance and adiscouragement
  20. 20. Romans 12:2“And do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewing ofyour mind, that you may prove what [is]that good and acceptable and perfect willof God.”1 Timothy 4:12“Let no one despise your youth, but be anexample to the believers in word, inconduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, inpurity.”
  21. 21. Question:When someone logs into yourFacebook account and views yourposts, photos, videos, likes, andmore, do they see content thatrepresents the way Christians shouldbe?
  22. 22. DANGER #2:Forgetting our priorities—spending too much time onFacebook to the point thatother more importantresponsibilities are neglected
  23. 23. “Critics, such as Facebook Detox, statethat Facebook has turned into a nationalobsession that results in vast amounts oftime lost and innately encouragesnarcissism”
  24. 24. Colossians 3:23“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lordand not for men”2 Thess 3:10“For even when we were with you, we wouldgive you this command: If anyone is not willingto work, let him not eat. ”Prov 14:23“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tendsonly to poverty. ”
  25. 25. 1 Timothy 5:11-14“11 But refuse [the] younger widows; for whenthey have begun to grow wanton against Christ,they desire to marry, 12 having condemnationbecause they have cast off their first faith. 13 Andbesides they learn [to be] idle, wandering aboutfrom house to house, and not only idle but alsogossips and busybodies, saying things which theyought not. 14 Therefore I desire that [the] younger[widows] marry, bear children, manage the house,give no opportunity to the adversary to speakreproachfully.”
  26. 26. DANGER #3:The risk of becoming guiltyof gossip and publiclydestroying the reputation ofthose who offend us
  27. 27. 1 Timothy 5:11-14“11 But refuse [the] younger widows; for whenthey have begun to grow wanton against Christ,they desire to marry, 12 having condemnationbecause they have cast off their first faith. 13 Andbesides they learn [to be] idle, wandering aboutfrom house to house, and not only idle but alsogossips and busybodies, saying things which theyought not. 14 Therefore I desire that [the] younger[widows] marry, bear children, manage the house,give no opportunity to the adversary to speakreproachfully.”
  28. 28. QUESTION:What is gossip exactly?
  29. 29. ● When people, especially whenthey are Christians, offend us, weneed to follow the steps of Matthew18. Keeping the reputations of allwho are involved intact must be ofutmost importance.
  30. 30. Matt 18:15-1715 "Moreover if your brother sins against you,go and tell him his fault between you and himalone. If he hears you, you have gained yourbrother. 16 "But if he will not hear, take withyou one or two more, that by the mouth oftwo or three witnesses every word may beestablished. 17 "And if he refuses to hearthem, tell [it] to the church. But if he refuseseven to hear the church, let him be to you likea heathen and a tax collector.”
  31. 31. Proverbs 25:9-10“9 Debate your case with your neighbor,And do not disclose the secret to another;10 Lest he who hears [it] expose yourshame, And your reputation be ruined.”Proverbs 11:13“A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who isof a faithful spirit conceals a matter.”Proverbs 16:28“A perverse man sows strife, And awhisperer separates the best of friends.”
  32. 32. Proverbs 22:1“A good name is to be chosen rather thangreat riches, Loving favor rather thansilver and gold.”Ecclesiastes 7:1“A good name [is] better than preciousointment”Proverbs 29:11“A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise[man] holds them back.”
  33. 33. Ephesians 4:26"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let thesun go down on your wrath”
  34. 34. NOTE: Think about how many friendsyou have on Facebook and how manyfriends your friends have and so on.Think about how quickly and howwidely information can leak out!300 friends X 300 of their friends= 90,000!90,000 X 300= 27 million!
  35. 35. Facebook is like Pandora’s Box. Once youpost it, you can’t change things back tothe way they were.
  36. 36. Proverbs 6:16, 19“16 These six [things] the LORD hates,Yes, seven [are] an abomination to Him:19 A false witness [who] speaks lies, Andone who sows discord among brethren.”
  37. 37. ● Vague status updates that implysomething negative about someonewho has offended you are oftenworse than if you had been specific.
  38. 38. Examples of ‘vaguebooking’:Fred: “She is so infuriating. Is this really worthit?”George: “I really can’t stand some people I amfriends with. How can they say things likethat?”Dorothy: “Isn’t worshipping with our brethrensupposed to be uplifting?”Leila: “He is never pleased with anything I do.”
  39. 39. ● Publicly pouring out the details ofissues that should be kept privatebecause it is just our way of coping,hoping all our friends will take ourside and feel sorry for us, shows alack of faith in God
  40. 40. Hebrews 13:5“For He Himself has said, "I will neverleave you nor forsake you."Matthew 10:29-3129 "Are not two sparrows sold for a coppercoin? And not one of them falls to theground apart from your Fathers will. 30"But the very hairs of your head are allnumbered. 31 "Do not fear therefore; youare of more value than many sparrows.
  41. 41. Proverbs 18:2“A fool has no delight in understanding,But in expressing his own heart.”Proverbs 29:11“A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise[man] holds them back.”
  42. 42. One of the biggestproblems seen today whenit comes to Christians usingFacebook is the way thathusbands and wivessometimes talk about eachother.
  43. 43. ● Lets remember that it is not ourplace to try and punish people whohave offended us by making whatthey have done public
  44. 44. Romans 12:19Beloved, do not avenge yourselves,but [rather] give place to wrath; for itis written, "Vengeance [is] Mine, I willrepay," says the Lord.
  45. 45. ● What should we do if things arenot resolved as quickly as we wouldlike? Can we make it public then?
  46. 46. Ephesians 4:26"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let thesun go down on your wrath”Ephesians 4:1-31 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,beseech you to walk worthy of the callingwith which you were called, 2 with alllowliness and gentleness, withlongsuffering, bearing with one anotherin love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unityof the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  47. 47. I Cor 7:10-11“To the married I give this charge (not I,but the Lord): the wife should not separatefrom her husband (but if she does, sheshould remain unmarried or else bereconciled to her husband), and thehusband should not divorce his wife.”
  48. 48. I Corinthians 7:3-53 Let the husband render to his wife theaffection due her, and likewise also the wife toher husband. 4 The wife does not haveauthority over her own body, but the husband[does.] And likewise the husband does nothave authority over his own body, but the wife[does.] 5 Do not deprive one another exceptwith consent for a time, that you may giveyourselves to fasting and prayer; and cometogether again so that Satan does not temptyou because of your lack of self-control.
  49. 49. One of the biggestproblems seen today whenit comes to Christians usingFacebook is the way thathusbands and wivessometimes talk about eachother.
  50. 50. ● When we observe others talkingpublicly about people who haveoffended them when they shouldkeep things private, let’s be carefulhow we respond—make sure you arenot becoming an ‘enabler’
  51. 51. Proverbs 26:17“He who passes by [and] meddles in aquarrel not his own [Is like] one who takesa dog by the ears.”Proverbs 27:6“Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend, Butthe kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.”Proverbs 28:23“He who rebukes a man will find morefavor afterward Than he who flatters withthe tongue.”
  52. 52. Romans 1:24-32"28 And even as they did not like to retain God in[their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debasedmind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 beingfilled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy,murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; [they are]whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent,proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedientto parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing therighteous judgment of God, that those who practicesuch things are deserving of death, not only do thesame but also approve of those who practice them."
  53. 53. ● If you get involved, make sureeveryone has the right motives, thatyou keep things as private aspossible, and that you figure outboth sides of the story
  54. 54. Proverbs 18:13“He who answers a matter before hehears [it,] It [is] folly and shame to him.”Ephesians 5:15-16“See then that you walk circumspectly,not as fools but as wise, 16 redeemingthe time, because the days are evil.”
  55. 55. CONCLUSION:More and more Christians are usingFacebook and other socialnetworking services each day. Ifused responsibly, Facebook can be agreat tool for performing good works
  56. 56. WARNING:However, if used irresponsibly, theuse of Facebook and other socialnetworking sites can lead to all kindsof trouble. We need to guardourselves against these dangers.
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