Last week in our Faith Hub: Where God and Technology Connect series, we discussed finding the Christian’s personal balance using technology and social media. This week I wanted to share how to grow your faith using technology and social media.
As a blogger, my goal is to inspire you to extraordinary faith- relying on God not only for eternal salvation, but also everyday solutions. So today we have 9 ideas for growing your walk with God virtually.
1. Use your media device (ie, smartphone, tablet, Ipad…) to keep a prayer journal.
Tracking prayer requests could be as simple as entering them in your favorite notes app or downloading this FREE Prayer Journal app on Itunes from Jesus Living Today. I only discovered this prayer journal app last week and I LOVE it. When you enter the prayer request, you can set up reminder times; so if Susie’s doctor’s appointment is at 2 pm, then your app will remind you to pray for her at 2 pm. What if your Bible study group all set the time to prayer for each other at the same time every week? (Hint to my group! 🙂 ) There is power in unified prayer and this is an awesome tool for prayer growth. You can also search your app store for prayer journals- there are many out there!
2. For daily Bible reading, use a Bible app.
For this point, I wrote a post recently:”4 Fabulous Bible Apps.” If you don’t already have a favorite Bible app, you’ll find links and suggestions for great apps. Most of the apps have bookmarking features and reading plans available also.
3. Use social media to spread the word about local Christian events in your area.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn…no matter the medium, you just never know who God wants to connect through social media. I could tell you story after story of God using social media connections to perform work for His glory! Whether it is your church event, a community Bible study, a simulcast or an arena event, retweet and share Christian event information.
4. Use a devotional app.
Last week I posted “devotional apps that make you sip your latte longer.” Many more devotional apps are out there; some churches have an app for their congregation and the church daily devotions accompany the sermon series. (Pretty awesome, huh?) Perhaps you could make it a habit to read your devo app when you are in the parent pickup line waiting for your child after school. Or maybe for you, whenever you drink your coffee in the morning.
5. Use social media to be an encouragement to other Christians.
My Proverbs 31 ministries Gather & Grow group has a private Facebook group that we use for prayer requests and encouraging one another throughout the week. Some weeks no one says a word and some weeks we share prayer needs. Some weeks we just chat about how we can’t wait to see one another at the next study. This tool is fabulous for staying connected with one another. We also use Twitter and have our own little hashtag (#ungluedsistas , if you’re curious!) 😉
6. Use social media to spread God’s Word.
Quite often I simply tweet a verse or post a verse to Facebook- especially if it’s one I read that day and it’s sticking with me.
7. Participate in an online Bible Reading Challenge.
I happen to know of one. 😉 You can download the FREE printable plan here or subscribe to the blog in the sidebar to get the daily post. We check-in on Fridays in the blog comments and encourage one another on the RachelWojo.com facebook page.
8. Start a blog.
If God is working in your heart to write and share, go for it! Two simple sites for starter blogging for FREE: Blogger or WordPress. Though I began blogging on Blogger, WordPress is my personal favorite.
9. Participate in an online Bible study.
If you really want accountability to study God’s Word, be a member of a group. Community is critical to spiritual growth. Some of you live in remote areas and can’t connect in person. Or you are disabled and the weather makes it difficult to get out in the winter. Or your work schedule is just not conducive to typical meeting times.
No matter the issue, online Bible studies are a fantastic way to be accountable to a group. I happen to know of a fabulous online Bible study hosted by Melissa Taylor for the same DVD series my group is doing together- Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman.
What ideas do you have for growing and sharing your faith through technology and social media? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Bloggers: Would love to have you link up any encouraging post!