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DNA: New Media Evangelism (2015)


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A short session for the DNA discipleship course, seeking to understand and get involved in evangelism online.

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DNA: New Media Evangelism (2015)

  1. 1.  New Media Evangelism Dr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, Durham University Assigned Creative Commons Licence 4.0 non- commercial /dna-new-media-evangelism- 2015 For:
  2. 2. Let’s get to know each other…
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  6. 6. Carl Medearis  Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy their company along with the company of Jesus. Point him out, freely, without fear or intimidation. You’re not responsible to sell him to them. You’re simply saying what you’ve seen. You're not the judge. You’re the witness.
  7. 7. Brennan Manning  The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him by their life style. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
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  9. 9. A sense of fun … Image Credit: Facebook Meme
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  11. 11. Lots of options….
  12. 12. Communication & Relationships Image Credit: iStockphoto
  13. 13. Darren Hill,TheWorship Cloud All these great Bible verses arrive on my feed without any context, background or explanation. As believers we are fine with this, we of course know the context to any text that appears online… don’t we? But what about everyone else? promises-and-perennial-issues-darrenrhill- digidisciple/ Image Credit: Darren Hill
  14. 14. How do you see this?
  15. 15. Rev Prof DavidWilkinson God is a communicating God: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God…”. God is extravagant in communication – he is not a silent God who has to be tempted into communicating with people. Image Credit: Durham University
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  21. 21. NOTVirtual/Real Image Credit: iStockPhoto
  22. 22. Human Beings at machines, not “are machines” Image Source: Stockfresh
  23. 23. Who sees this? 1. God 2. Parents 3. ‘Kids’ 4. Newspaper 5. Enemy
  24. 24. Push/Pull  Care for others - genuinely  Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you  Be ‘remarkable’, be different  Earn the right to have others take notice of you  Be grateful if ONE person cares what you’re doing  Have something to say that matters  Do stuff that matters – make an impact  Strive to bring value to everyone you connect with  Be fantastically generous with our time, money, and kindness  Be outrageously committed to making the world better  It’s all about relationships – build & nurture them  Thanks @ianaspin (
  25. 25. Authenticity Image Credits: The Worship Cloud/ @digitalfprint
  26. 26. Our identity…  It is only out of this redeemed identity, out of who we are in Christ, that we can hope to bear fruit in the world. Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  27. 27. Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach)  If you're a Christian, seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, you'll approach every aspect of your life from this perspective. Your commitment to Christ will impact your marriage, parenting, lifestyle, values, spending, time management, vocation ... Image Credit: Gary Collins website
  28. 28. The LongTail Image credit:
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  31. 31. A Sense of Community  Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positive way, I acknowledge that great use of all of this to my own personal discipleship. I am a broader Christian, a better informed Christian, a more readily supported and sustained Christian and for that I love this digital life. If that makes me a better Christian, then perhaps its purpose is served if a purpose exists and indeed if a purpose is needed. However, I shall continue to pray that someone, somewhere, can say with absolute clarity that because of this digital community, they came to Christ. @FrDavidCloake
  32. 32. Who is my neighbour?  What does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in a world in which a ‘friend’ might as easily be the kid from down the street you grew up with as a woman in Botswana whom you’ve never seen in person and only know in the context of Facebook status updates, photos, and notes?  Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
  33. 33. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect  arch=1+Peter+3%3A15&version=NIV
  34. 34. Timing …
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  36. 36. What Biblical values do we want to see in our (digital) world? Image Credit: iStockPhoto
  37. 37. What do the fruits of the spirit look like online? Image Credit: Kezi
  38. 38. What does it mean to share with grace? Image Credit: Seed Resources
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  40. 40. @drbexl @digitalfprint Image Credit: iStockPhoto media-evangelism-2015