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Don't be a Bible bot

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Session for Revolution Conference 2013.

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Don't be a Bible bot

  1. 1. DON’T BE A BIBLE BOT DR BEX LEWIS, CODEC, DURHAM UNIVERSITY; SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT, DIGITAL FINGERPRINT #RevConf13
  2. 2. WHAT YOU DO SPEAKS SO LOUD THAT I CANNOT HEAR WHAT YOU SAY. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  3. 3. HOW DO YOU SEE THESE?
  4. 4. DARREN HILL, SEED RESOURCES 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? http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/11/post s-promises-and-perennial-issues- darrenrhill-digidisciple/ Image Credit: Darren Hill
  5. 5. HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/N OTVICARBOT
  6. 6. RELATIONSHIPS/COM MUNICATION
  7. 7. WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WA TCH?V=57DZAMAOUXA
  8. 8. WHAT YOU SAY OR WHAT IS HEARD? Image Credit: iStockPhoto
  9. 9. FINDING GOD ONLINE?
  10. 10. JESUS IN GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH?
  11. 11. ASK FACEBOOK… Google is a commercial venture.. What do friends that you trust have to suggest for you?
  12. 12. HTTP://BIGBIBLE.ORG.UK/DIG IDISCIPLE/AUTHORS/
  13. 13. WHERE HAS GOD PLACED US?
  14. 14. HTTP://PAMSPERAMBULATIO N.WORDPRESS.COM
  15. 15. HTTP://JACKSDAVIE.WORDPRESS. COM
  16. 16. HTTP://TANYAMARLOW .COM/
  17. 17. 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 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?sea rch=1+Peter+3%3A15&version=NIV
  18. 18. 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?
  19. 19. May 2012, @ChristianityMag
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. HTTPS://PLUS.GOOGLE.COM/ +NYTIMES/POSTS/BOGMDAS 6IHY "On average, verses in the King James Version are about 100 characters long, leaving room to slip in a #bible hashtag and still come in under the 140-character limit” e.g. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/short-inspirational-bible- verses.html
  23. 23. WHAT PERSONAL EVANGELISM IS NOT (1) The model of conversational, story-based faith- sharing in the context of relaxed relationship helps us to establish what evangelism isn’t. In this setting it is not: A series of clichés, platitudes or motivational catch-phrases. Real communication, linked to real events and experiences, doesn’t need to fall back on such short-cuts. The whole gospel. Faith-sharing in a relationship is part of a process, not all of it. Who knows what other initiatives and resources God is going to call on? H/T Gerard Kelly, Spring Harvest
  24. 24. WHAT PERSONAL EVANGELISM IS NOT (2) A task whose success or failure is on your shoulders. Your responsibility is to be authentic; truthful; sensitive; compassionate: to tell your story well. The rest, according to Jesus, is the work of the Holy Spirit. - A theology exam. Nobody is waiting to pass or fail you. A combination lock where only one specific sequence works. H/T Gerard Kelly, Spring Harvest
  25. 25. WHAT PERSONAL EVANGELISM MAY WELL BE (1) An invitation to journey. If there comes a context in which you are encouraging someone to take the next step in their journey with Jesus, it is always just that - one step. Effective discipleship is not counted in scalps but in growth and fruitfulness. What is the next thing that God might be inviting this person to do? A link in a chain. You will never be the only voice an individual hears. Even if there’s no one else about, the Trinity make three, so you’re at least one of four. More likely one of many, many more. A challenge to know and tell your own story. It’s surprising how difficult it can be to answer the simplest of questions. How has the encounter with Jesus impacted your life? H/T Gerard Kelly, Spring Harvest
  26. 26. WHAT PERSONAL EVANGELISM MAY WELL BE (2) An integration of words and actions. You may well value words above actions, but in the end those who see and hear you will draw from both. An expression of dialogue. The best conversations are mutually edifying. Genuine exchange always, in some measure, goes both ways. Grounded in listening. Listen early, speak late is a good rule. Better still; listen early, listen again, then listen to make sure you’ve heard well, then consider speaking a possible option, unless more listening would be more helpful. A kingdom operation, shaped by the widest possible view of God’s purposes. What makes your words good news? To whom? H/T Gerard Kelly, Spring Harvest
  27. 27. WE ARE RICH IN TRANSLATIONS… Image Credit:Seed Resources
  28. 28. … AND RICH IN MEANS TO ACCESS Image Credit: Ministry Best Practice Blog
  29. 29. HTTP://WWW.BIBLESUMMAR Y.INFO
  30. 30. HTTP://PINTEREST.COM/B IGBIBLE/BIBLE-VERSES/
  31. 31. HTTP://YOUTU.BE/GKH NNPM7PJA
  32. 32. HTTP://BIGBIBLE.ORG.UK/201 2/10/EVANGELISM-THROUGH- STORY/
  33. 33. HTTP://BIGBIBLE.ORG.UK/2012/09/WISDOM-FROM-THE- BIBLE-ON-BUILDING-A-DIGIPARADISE-BY-VAHVA/
  34. 34. HTTP://BIGBIBLE.ORG.UK /DIGIDISCIPLE/
  35. 35. WHAT ARE YOUR 10 ONLINE COMMANDMENTS? Image Credit: FreeBibleImages
  36. 36. Published by Lion Hudson February 2014
  37. 37. @drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible Image Credit: iStockPhoto

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