#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the New Heaven and New Earth

This is the final post in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God. For background on the approach taken, see the first post, “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

Already and Not Yet

Life today is a mixture of the already and the not yet. Christ is already reigning—and he is working in and through us. So, we see glimpses of the Kingdom of God in the good done in social media.

But the kingdom is not year here in its fullness. People are still dead in their trespasses and sins, “following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air…children of wrath”—and it shows it their social media use. We, as Christians, still struggle against our flesh and its sinful inclinations—and it shows in our social media use. Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the New Heaven and New Earth”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Church

This is the sixth post in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God.  For background on the approach taken, see the first post, “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

Human Purpose in the Church

For our purpose, we can look back to the description of Jesus we found in Philippians 2. In the broader context, Paul writes (2:3-16): Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Church”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Life of Jesus (Part 2)

This post is the fifth in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God. For background on the approach taken, see the first post — “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

Communication in the Life of Jesus

In the previous post, we saw that Jesus is the perfect image of God. He perfectly represents his Father to the world.

We see this in the way Jesus communicates. He says in John 12:49, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” What he says is what God says. With his words, Jesus: Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Life of Jesus (Part 2)”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Life of Jesus (Part 1)

 

This is the fourth post in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God. For background on the approach taken, see the first post, “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

After the Fall

After humans fell into sin, God not only pronounced a curse, he proclaimed a promise. In Genesis 3:15, he said to the serpent:

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.

The offspring of the women—a man—would go to war with the serpent. The serpent would injure this man (bruise his heel). But the man would prevail and destroy the serpent, crushing his head.

The rest of the Old Testament is the story of waiting for this promised champion to appear.  Israel’s history is a several-thousand-year wait until an angel appeared to a young virgin and her fiancé. The angel announced Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit with the Son of God. They are to name this God-Man “Jesus,” because “he will save his people from their sin” and reign forever (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31-33). Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Life of Jesus (Part 1)”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Fall

This is the third post in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God. For background on the approach taken, see the first post — “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

The Fall

When we refer to “the Fall,” we don’t mean autumn. We refer to the moment at which the first humans rebelled against God, and sin and death entered the world. This event is recorded in Genesis 3. Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in the Fall”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in Creation

This is the second post in a multipart series—#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God. For background on the approach taken, see the first post — “Social Media to the Glory of God.”

The most important question to ask about social media is not “What is Social Media?” or “What should I do or not do on social media?” or questions about platforms and reach and engagement. The most important question is “What is a human being?” How we answer that determines how we live in every area of life. Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media in Creation”

#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God

The Navigators invited me to lead a breakout session at their Main Event conference in Ames, Iowa on October 6, 2018. They asked me to help college students think through the subject of social media use. This series of posts contains the material I presented. They develop a biblical theology of social media moving from Genesis through Revelation. Continue reading “#TweetLikeJesus: Social Media to the Glory of God”