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Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revivalby Leonard Sweet
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The gospel is nothing without relationship. And no one gets it like the Google Generation.
God came to earth to invite us, personally, into a relationship. And while Christians at times downplay relationships, the social-media generation is completely sold on the idea. In Viral, Leonard Sweet says Christians need to learn about connecting with others from the experts—those who can’t seem to stop texting, IM-ing, tweeting, and updating their Facebook statuses. What would happen, he asks, if Christians devoted less attention to strategies and statistics and paid more attention to pursuing relationships?
The current generation is driven by a God-given desire to know others and to be known by others. Most of them, in seeking to connect in meaningful ways, have found a place of belonging that is outside the organized church. Why not bring the two together?
Those who are sold out to relationships can teach Christians how to be better friends to people who need God. At the same time, members of the social-media generation can learn how to follow their desire for belonging, straight into the arms of God. It’s time for relationship to be restored to the heart of the gospel. And when that happens, can revival be far behind?
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The same God. A new generation.
They create photo albums on Facebook and post home movies on YouTube. They use their phone as a computer, camera, debit card, GPS, and television. They maintain relationships with hundreds of people they will never meet face-to-face. To the older generation, this might look like a superficial, technology-driven substitute for real relationships. But in reality it is a workshop on knowing others and being known.
The Google generation, with its passion for relationship, connection, and community, is positioned to bring new life to the church. Leonard Sweet argues that TGIF-ers (those who connect through Twitter, Google, iPhone, and Facebook) may be living out God’s mission and the Jesus life more authentically than any recent generation.
What many in the church view as the “absent generation” could actually be the church’s best hope for a new start. We live in an age when relationship can be restored to the core of our faith. And when that happens, will revival be far behind?
About the Author
LEONARD SWEET, PhD, is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and is a professor at Drew University and a visiting distinguished professor at George Fox University. A leading social critic and cultural observer, Sweet is considered one of the most influential Christians in North America. He is the chief writer for sermons.com and has authored numerous books that have changed Christian thinking, including The Gospel According to Starbucks, Soul Tsunami, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola). Sweet lives in northern Washington.
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