Tweet Jesus

On Tuesday I was privileged to join a host of Counties evangelists at their training day in Maidenhead. My reason for being there was to teach 2 sessions on the opportunities and dangers that social networking presents to evangelists and gospel ministers. It’s the first time that I’ve ever been asked to teach on this subject so it was a welcome challenge to get to grips with.

Both sessions were well received and I was asked at the end if I’d be willing to share my notes. Therefore I’ve posted the notes from session 2 below. Furthermore, I have also posted the audio of both sessions in their entirety (minus Q&A at the end). The audio quality is a bit sketchy cos I recorded it on my iPhone.

Hope you find it all helpful.


Opportunities to embrace

  • Simplicity
  • Connectivity to friends/family etc.
  • Resourcing
  • Networking
  • Prayer
  • Finger on the Pulse of Culture
  • Publicity
  • Encouragement
  • Celebration
  • Gospel proclamation

Dangers to acknowledge

  • Narcissism
  • Voyeurism
  • Gossip
  • Jealousy/bitterness/cynicism
  • Anti-Social habits
  • Life-controlling habits
  • Sabotage of Sabbath
  • Cultivation of Pride
  • Wasting time and life
  • Once its out there – it’s out there!
  • Make you content with shallow superficiality
  • Temptation to follow ungodly links
  • Easy to misinterpret
  • Replaces intimacy with God
  • Living in relationship with distant friends not local church
  • Tweeting in rage

Helpful Pointers & Questions

1. Don’t tweet it straight away – Stop. Think. Pray.
– Why does this need to be tweeted?

2. Tweet more about the glory of God, the power of the gospel and the truth of scripture than about yourself?
Who does this glorify?

3. Seek to edify and encourage others.
– Who does this help?

4. Ask your wife/another trusted friend about tweet content and use of time
– How am I doing with this?

5. Don’t tweet in anger/frustration
– Will I regret this in the morning?

6. Take a day off each week and regular twitter sabbaticals
– Can I stop?

7. Be wise in who you follow and who follows you
– Is this person going to encourage me and others toward or away from Jesus?

8. Make prayer and scripture the book-ends of your day
– Who’s voice is loudest in my life?

Scriptures to Consider

“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
– Matthew 12v34

‘Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
– Psalm 119v37

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
– Matthew 5v29-30

“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
– Ephesians 5v4

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
– Proverbs 10v19

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.”
– Ecclesiastes 5v2-3

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
– 1Thessalonians 5v11

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
– Proverbs 17v27-28

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
– Psalm 19v14