Believers, preachers, and evangelists are Ambassadors of Christ, adhering to His commandment:
“Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Once a person hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accepts the invitation to live in a new relationship with Christ, evangelism becomes the method to introduce others to Christ.
Evangelism is the preaching of the good news of Jesus Christ. Evangelists are Christians who specialize in carrying the gospel into homes, large meetings, into different countries and any forum where the community is unconverted.
Evangelists also travel from town to town and from church to church preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Evangelism in the Twenty-First Century
In the twentieth century, the communities in the United States and other first world countries were very different. Many folk remember when you could go to sleep at night and leave the front door unlocked.
Before cell phones most families sat down to at least one meal together each day. Before tablets most children spent time learning life from their parents. People talked to each other. Families spent time in each others company.
This was a recognized national norm as there were laws enforced by consensus in most communities called Blue Laws. They were used by all the community religions, enforcing local moral and religious expectations.
Blue Laws sought to protect workers from unfair compensation practices and being overworked: working schedules that promoted family unity, being off on worship days.
What’s does this have to do with evangelism?
Evangelism in the Twenty-First Century must take into account the postmodern nature of the masses in our first world countries. To tell the SAME STORY but wrapped with a new packaging.
Most churches are still using a strategy that was prevalent in the 1950’s (Same Story—Same Presentation Methods) to invite unbelievers to know Christ. This will simply not work with postmodern people.
We live in a time when the by word is “Whatever” which means you do your thing and I’ll do mine. Now, this is not new—what’s new is that a large majority of people have this mindset. Learn more about the postmodern mindset click here.
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