Posted by: sdunnpastor | February 19, 2011

SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS

We are talking about social networking tools like Facebook, etc. Nick Francis Stephens is giving us the cultural background based on Matthew 7:17. First there is the PARADIGM ENHANCEMENT where we use our paradigm and make it more accessible to people who hitherto have been “untouchable.” Then we move on to PARADIGM SHIFTS, a missional focus that creates new spaces for intersecting with people beyond the church to connect people with the reality of Jesus Christ in their “world” rather than within the church’s world. Luke 6:43ff tells us:
43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Choosing new paradigms/tools must be motivated to connect people with the person of Jesus Christ. Tools like FACEBOOK etc need to be focused on that motivation or you would use if inappropriately.

1. The mission of the church is mission.

2. Love needs to be the motivation for this social platform.

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