5 Tips For Sharing Your Faith On Facebook

According to Facebook’s own statistics there are more than 800,000,000 active Facebook users! 50% of whom log on at least once a day. Furthermore, Facebook’s reach is truly global with more than 75% of active users from outside of the United States! Officially Facebook supports more than 70 different languages! Amazing! The mission field has come to YOUR living room!

How we can we use this unprecedented opportunity to spread the message of the gospel? Here are five quick tips for sharing your faith on Facebook:

 


1. Portray the Real You


You can spot a fake from a mile away… in ‘real life’ and on Facebook. Make every attempt to portray the real you. If you try to paint yourself as the ultimate athlete, or the authority on a certain subject your friends will see right through it. No one likes a know-it-all; not at a dinner party and not online. So, make an effort to present who you really are.

Keep it real!

 


2. Don’t Be THAT Guy…


We all have a few friends who use Facebook as their own personal soapbox… continually posting their extreme political or religious views. Their profile picture might even be their favorite political figure.

This type of behavior is self-defeating as it tends to annoy most other Facebook users. Eventually “that guy” will lose most of his audience as his “friends” begin to filter his posts from their newsfeed. Only those who are already of the same mindset will continue to listen.

Posting Bible verses is a great idea; but if posting verses is all you do, eventually many of your friends will simply stop reading your posts.

So, how can you keep everyone’s attention? Mix it up! Your posts should represent a cross-section of your life. Post about everything you are interested in… post about your family, the weather, the crazy guy who cut you off on the interstate. Share an interesting news story or a funny video. And, of course, keep posting those Bible verses!

 


3. Keep Politics to an Absolute Minimum


The Bible is clear that the message of the gospel is an offence to those who are perishing (see 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 John 3:13, Romans 9:33, Galatians 5:11). When we speak of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ we can expect the world to be offended. Of course, this fact is not a license to be obnoxious as we should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

While the world will be offended at the message of the cross, we shouldn’t give the world any additional reasons to be offended! Politics is an extremely divisive subject, both on and offline. If you are constantly posting your political views you run the risk of offending your Facebook friends for the wrong reason! Eventually your friends will ignore your posts about politics and your faith in Christ.

If you really want to make a difference for Christ online, keep politics to an absolute minimum. Remember, God didn’t send a politician, He sent a savior.

Better yet, avoid politics altogether.

 


4. Give God the Glory


“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name” Psalm 96:8a. When the Lord answers a prayer, post about it! Hear a particularly interesting sermon? Post about it! Read an encouraging devotional? Share it! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Post it! Going to a Bible conference? Post about it and invite your friends to come along.

There is an unlimited number of ways to give God the glory online… but we must make an intentional effort to do so!

 


5. Use Pictures and Videos


People are spending a significant amount of time on Facebook looking at their friend’s pictures and videos. This presents us with another opportunity to share our faith online. There are many excellent evangelistic videos on YouTube that you can share. Maybe your church’s website posts mp3s or even videos of recent messages, post a link.

People have some very strange ideas about Christians, such as Christians never have any fun. Post pictures and videos from the Sunday School picnic, or the youth group hiking trip you went on. You can also post videos and photos from a recent missions trip or other volunteer service projects.

Your Facebook friends will enjoy looking at these pictures and get a little insight into the Christian life!

 


Your Turn…


Use your imagination, and most importantly ask the Lord in prayer how best you can share your faith on Facebook.

How do you share your faith in Christ on Facebook? Let us know in the comments.

5 comments

  1. Great suggestions Scott! -Paul

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