Glorifying God Online

In a church community, Sunday is frequently seen as the crowning moment of Christian fellowship.

For many of us, it is the finish line in our weekly race – a time to be hydrated by the Word of God together, encouraging one another after what may have been a difficult run.

This is pleasing to the Lord. After all, He set aside the Sabbath as a day of rest. It is meant to be an opportunity in which you can get your breath back for the week that is to come. However, every so often, we arrive to the Sunday service spiritually malnourished and dehydrated. The root of that exhaustion may vary, but it can commonly be attributed to a lack of endurance in our Bible reading. To make matters worse, when the Word of God is not present in our life, it is often replaced with bad company.

On average, the typical New Zealander will spend 50 minutes a day on Facebook alone. In that 50 minutes, who do you listen to? While a great deal of social media use is harmless, negativity will find a way to creep in. Whether you are tempted to click on inappropriate content shared by a friend or battling cynicism from a coworker, the internet can be dangerous for the mind of a believer if it is not already satisfied in the glory of the Lord.

Therefore, our desire at Northern Hills Church is to help you run the weekly race by glorifying God online. The goal is to provide a voice of encouragement within social media, and one that you can contribute to as well. Through the use of Facebook and Instagram, not only will we advise you of what is happening in the church, but we want to establish a platform where you can enjoy positive community outside of Sunday. Here is what it will look like:

  • Regular content will appear on your feed aimed with the purpose of keeping you in the loop, such as reminding you of our latest sermon or promoting our youth group Sprite. You can expect these, and more, on a weekly basis.
     
  • Occasionally, other media will be posted to provide you a helping hand in scripture, such as Ask The Elders for example. It may be less frequent in circulation, but that is only because we want it to be quality material that is Christ-exalting.

Please pray for myself and the team as we spearhead the new ministry. You are more than welcome to fire a question our way by emailing online@northernhillschurch.nz. Until next time, be blessed.

Ryan Wessels