Christian Digital Storytelling and Blogging in the Post-Modern World

This is an outline for a presentation shared by Wesley Fryer for Holland Christian Schools on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Introduction

Story of Luther and the YouVersion Bible

  1. Martin Luther (WikiPedia)
  2. YouVersion Bible for iPhone (LifeChurch - Oklahoma City)
  3. “Being the Body” by Charles Colson

Importance of sharing testimonies and being Christian digital witnesses online today

Key Points:

  1. We are called to live IN and engage WITH the world, not be isolated / separated from it
  1. Matthew 4:12-17 - Jesus preached his message at the crossroads of civilizations, we are called to speak out in the digital crossroads of our age
  2. Reference: Living in Capernaum - Follow the Rabbi
  1. Personal testimony is the foundational method for sharing Jesus’ gospel
  1. 1 Peter 3:15-16 - Always be ready to share how God is at work in your life, and how it is you came to claim the name of Jesus for salvation
  1. Research by the Barna Group: It’s critical to reach young people with the gospel, statistics show how relatively FEW adults make decisions for Christ

The WHY

Should Christians Publish on YouTube? Yes, definitely.

  1. Rolling Green Outreach Ministry (YouTube example)
  2. Greyson Chance, YouTube, Lady Gaga, Paparazzi, Ellen and Jesus
  3. REMIX: Bible Book Bop
  4. Minchey (Testimony video on Celebrate Oklahoma Voices)
  5. Ethan’s Story (story of faith on Celebrate Oklahoma Voices)
  6. Storychasers

Key Points:

  1. The enemy is engaged all around us in a fight for the minds of our children (as well as our own)
  1. 1 Peter 5:8 - the enemy prowls about like a lion
  2. Access to pornography is easier than ever
  3. Messages of self gratification, instant gratification, promiscuity, unrealistic and unhealthy body image, etc are all around us
  1. Our stories of Christian faith can build up others in our communities
  1. Hebrews 10:24-25 - spur one another on toward love and good deeds
  1. Recording our stories and publishing them brings multiple benefits
  1. Greater accessibility to our stories
  2. “the beginning of history” - we have unprecedented capabilities now to archive and preserve voices and stories
  3. Opportunity to clarify and practice “our stories of faith”

The HOW