Evangelism in the 21st Century has seen swift advances especially with the introduction of “the internet”. More specifically, one would say evangelism has been made easier because the gospel can now reach millions of people by the click of a button. We are most grateful to God for the idea of the internet and the persons who invented it.
Despite much excitement about how the use of the internet has helped in propagating the gospel, there remains a strange darkness that lurks in the shadows. ‘A weakness‘, I’d call it whose purpose is to use this same internet to distract and finally destroy God’s children. In this post, we will discuss how the use of both the internet and human interactions are necessary for promoting evangelism in the 21st century.
We have looked at what Evangelism is in our earlier posts and have quite exhausted its contents on how to evangelise effectively. However, in this 21st Century, the expectations and results of evangelism are on the low. More specifically, many people do not engage in the preaching of the gospel. Notable among the many excuses they give is that: “these days one can hear the gospel preached everywhere so why bother”. this claim is not entirely true because there are persons who have not heard about Jesus whiles there remain a large number of persons across the globe who either have a misrepresentation of who Jesus is or have their own theory of who Jesus was. The latter do not believe in Jesus although they have heard about Him and do not believe in His resurrection from death. These are some heckles that one may have to face in trying to evangelize in the 21st century.
However, as it was then and even with more Grace now than before, the gospel must be preached using the various mediums available. More specifically, evangelism in the 21st century must focus on:
The true gospel
It is true that humans have evolved and civilization has in its wake brought much enlightenment to man, but the gospel needs no evolving and should not be changed for that matter. Some in their quest to make Christianity appealing tend to add strange stories and concepts. Others who become overzealous also end up spicing the gospel with ‘higher truth’. These ways of handling the gospel in the 21st century are dangerous and should not be encouraged.
The gospel that Peter, James, John, Paul, Tertullian, Polycarp, the Luther Kings, The Wesleys and the Mckweons preached is the same gospel we ought to preach today. Which is Jesus the Saviour, baptizer of the Holy Spirit, His resurrection from the death, His ascension and glorious return
This gospel is a foundation. Consider a storey building with about 25 floors. It would definitely have a firm foundation. There is no way one can change the foundation of this building. An attempt to do so will mean an utter ruin of the whole building. So is the gospel. It is an established foundation which doesn’t need changes to make it suit the era we live in. The gospel is true, devoid of variations and must be shared in line with what it says and means. No garnishing, no sweet talk and most definitely no threats.
The power in the gospel
The gospel is the power of God that brings salvation unto everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). The gospel has not lost its power in the 21st century as many think it. The power that was in the gospel when Peter preached it for the first time in Jerusalem is the same power we will experience if we preach it to our generation also. Now is the time to direct people who chase after power demonstration in Churches to realise that true power is found in the basic message-the gospel.
For the men on the road to Emmaus, they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). The message about Jesus carries power and want that consciousness to be with you when you sharing the gospel. It is that power that breaks the hearts and leads to Godly-sorrow then repentance.
Another area of concern in evangelising in the 21st century is the use of human interactions. An affable interaction is one of the best ways to open a conversation and finally bring the gospel to others who haven’t heard about Him. They will have to receive you first before they receive your message. Even on social media platforms, people hardly read messages, posts or articles from persons they haven’t had any interactions with. The Bible says “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5.
Get closer to people and share Jesus with them. In big cities, people are always on the move but thank God they always have their phones with them. So the message can be put in devotion, short texts, arts, pictures etc. and sent to them. Seasons and times will come and go, but the good news about Jesus will never change. Preach Jesus today, help save a soul from perishing.