We're happy to announce that the Mars Hill iPhone App 2.0 is out. This free app, which was developed in partnership with Subsplash
, features the following updates:
- new background audio
Twitter and Facebook sharing
- audio downloading
- listen to saved audio content without an internet connection (on the plane, on a run, e.g.)
- TV-Out support with iPhone 4
- improved user interface
- transcripts (available soon)
- more Jesus
So, why does a church put so much effort into getting these resources online and on your phones?
If you hadn’t noticed
, we’re a band with one song: We want you to meet Jesus
. And since he gave us the mission to make disciples, we not only want you to meet him, but also continue to learn, grow and mature in Him, in a Sunday service but also throughout the week and with friends.
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?" Romans 10:14-15
Since Mars Hill started in 1996, along with the rise of the web as a medium, it has been one of our core beliefs that as Christians we are all missionaries and as a church we are a missional church, sent wherever God may have us today to show forth the glory of Jesus. For many of us today, the place we are is online
. The average adult now spends as much time online, about 13 hours, as he or she does watching TV
, more than double the amount of time spent online just five years ago. The reach of the Internet into every crevice of daily life today is astonishing. Thirty percent of the world’s population – about 2 billion people – is now connected online
, and 500 million of those are on Facebook
, which would make the network the third largest country in the world behind the US. It may represent the biggest mission field ever as more and more tools for translation and presentation become available, and costs go lower and lower for distribution.
"To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings." 1 Corinthians 9:22-23
Every Sunday at Mars Hill the word is preached, the Spirit moves and Jesus is exalted. As Paul distributed his letters we want to distribute our content, and in today's world, the web offers us a unique and powerful opportunity to do just that. At this point we have over 1,100 unique pieces of content
posted on our site. We believe in the Bible as the word of God, so we not only have a focus on putting the content online but also making it searchable back to as early as we started capturing content. We value theology and preaching, and that literally informs how we design our website
and distribute our content.
The webs ethos of free is right in line with the Gospel
. God is a giver: he gave us his son, he gives us forgiveness, he gives us an abundant and eternal life. We have a great opportunity to reflect that with our content; it would be selfish if we could and we did not share and offer it available to as many people as we can for training, education and worship. And, Lord willing, we will continue to do so for years to come.
Anthony Ianniciello is the director of the Media & Communications department at Mars Hill and a deacon at the Ballard campus.
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