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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 


Christ.

 

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