Pastor Ronnie McDougall and Pastor Shane Ham : Facing Your Facebook

Instamacy · 46:27 · Recorded April 30, 2017

Facing Your Facebook

Psalm 102:7 (NIV) I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.

1. Make technology your servant, not your master.

Romans 6:16 (ESV) Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey?

2. Resist comparing your actual self to another person’s virtual self.

Romans 12:3 (ESV) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

3. Post with much humility.

James 4:6 (NLT) As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”

Matthew 5:13-14 (NLT) “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?…You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”

4. Don’t allow digital discontent to produce an ungrateful heart.

1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) But godliness with contentment is great gain.

5. Spend more time face to face than on Facebook!

Genesis 40:7 (NASB) He asked Pharaoh’s officials who were with him in confinement in his master’s house, “Why are your faces so sad today?”

6. Behave on your little screen like your behavior is going to be seen on the big screen.

Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Luke 12:3 (NIV) What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

7. Honor a digital Sabbath and keep it holy!

Psalm 46:10 (NLT) “Be still, and know that I am God! But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires.”

8. Remember that who you are in Christ matters more than who you are online!

Psalm 139:1-14 (NASB) O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.

Study & Discussion Questions 
  • What scriptures from this message seemed to speak to you with new power or insight? Why?

  • Technology can be used to add to or build up relationships, to maintain contact over time and space—not as a substitute for face-to-face friendship, meals together, mutual prayer and worship, and laughter. How can you use social media technology to love God and your neighbor more?

  • Reflect on Psalm 139:1-14. We have heard the term, “I think, therefore I am.” Think about this one: “I am liked, therefore I am.” We crave approval and feed off likes and shares or little marks of digital affirmation. This is called an addiction of personal praise. How can you rely on God and his applause only? Could you pull off a social media detox and connect personally with Him instead?

  • Read 1 Timothy 6:6. What outside source is most likely to upset your contentment? Since God doesn’t always change negative outside forces, what can he change in you so that contentment is possible?

  • Read the scriptures in Point 6. How do you feel knowing that everything done in secret will someday be revealed?

  • For the health of your soul, you must learn to get alone undistracted. Discuss with your small group how you are going to do that this week. Encourage your small group to do this as well.

  • This weekend our elementary kids learned the story of Peter’s denial of Christ and his reconciliation. Ask your kids how many times Peter denied he even knew Jesus. (Three) What was happening when Jesus gave Peter the opportunity tell Jesus he loved Him. (Eating breakfast that Jesus cooked) Through this story kids learned that Jesus never stops loving us. For further ways to talk about this story with your child, see the Family Reflection section on your child’s handout. Parents of young children, check out the Parent Cue to see how your child learned that Jesus is the best!

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