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21st Century Evangelism

Lesson One
Mid-State Bible Institute
Paul Dodson


When someone mentions “Evangelism” to you, what comes to mind? 

 Getting doors slammed in your face?  Endless hours walking up and down 

a street telling everyone they are going to hell?  Endless hours arguing 

with someone about where Cain got his wife?

Most people do not have a favorable view about evangelism.  There are 

books you can read that tells you how it is suppose to be done, but it 

seems everyone has a different idea about it.  We know we are suppose 

to because God tells us in many places in Scripture to “go” and preach the 

Gospel (Mark 16:1, Matthew 28:19,20,  1 Peter 3;15).  So, with fear in our 

hearts, and every eye upon us, we set out to do what we are told to do…

Evangelize.  But, what does that mean?  Does it mean going door to door, 

or using a radio, television, or the Internet?  Does “Evangelism” mean 

selling everything we have an moving to a forgotten country?  Just exactly 

what does Evangelism mean in the 21st century.  

There are only two places in Scripture that mention “Evangelist”, Acts 21:8 

and 2 Timothy 4:5.  The original word used in both of these verses is yoo-

ang-ghel-is-tace', and literally means “A preacher of the Gospel”. Biblically 

speaking, a “preacher” is someone who “heralds” or “proclaims” the 

Gospel.  So, in a strict secular view, an Evangelist is simply someone who 

officially brings News.

As followers of Jesus Christ, the message we are to “herald” or “proclaim” 

is that through faith in Jesus Christ we can become a citizen of the 

Kingdom of God.   This message has not changed since Jesus sent His 

disciples out and told them to preach the Gospel to the whole world.  Gods 

Word does not Change (Matthew 23:35), and God does not change 

(Hebrews 13:8), but, how we present it does.  Society changes but the 

Gospel does not.  Culture changes, but the Gospel does not.  Government 

changes, but the Gospel remains the same.  Churches, people, and 

customs all change, but the Gospel remains the same.

So, with all that said, and “Evangelist” is a person who heralds the good 

news about salvation through Jesus Christ, and an “Evangelist” is a person 

who adapts and changes his deliverance of that message, but NEVER 

changes the message.  An Evangelist is a person with a message that 

never changes.  It is a “joyful” message, It is a victorious message, and it is 

a message everyone needs to hear. In short, Evangelism is “joyfully 

proclaiming that the good news of salvation prophesied in the Old 

Testament has come to pass in Jesus the Messiah.

This “good news” has just as much to do with the here and now as it does 

the hereafter.  Of course the Gospel is concerned about a persons eternal 

destiny, but God is also concerned about His children here right now.  

God’s Grace gives us strength not to do those things that He does not 

want us to do (ungodliness), and to not do what our human lust would 

rather do (worldly passions).  He has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort 

us, guide us, teach us, and chastise us when needed (John 14:26).  He has 

promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and to bless us 

abundantly (John 10:10).

So, in closing this first lesson we conclude that 21st century Evangelism 

must be “Bold”, and must offer “hope” for this life as well as the one to 

come.  21st  century Evangelism must also be “genuine” and must be 

consistent with Scripture, never changing, and always focused on Jesus 




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