In the times of Jonathan Edwards and Billy Graham, sharing your faith and seeing others come to Christ was as simple as sharing the Gospel with them. If you knew how to use a technique called The Romans Road, then you were golden! But now… Evangelism has evolved into something new!
Welcome to a new era of evangelism! Congrats, you made it here, so get excited about it!
At Grounds4Faith we are all about people sharing their faith! We think that it’s an essential part of being a Christian. We cannot say that our lives have been radically changed by Christ and then not tell others about it! Evangelism is therefore essential to our walk. On top of that, in one of my very first articles on Grounds4Faith I coined a term called “Evangeletics.” The principle behind the word was that run-of-the-mill evangelism from the past wasn’t going to cut it anymore. It was going to take a combination of “evangelism” and “apologetics” to reach the world around us.
I came up with this term to help explain the situation of society over a year ago. Now, things have continued to develop. The longer I live, the more of life I experience, the more my thoughts on effective evangelism grow.
How has the world around us changed?
- Many people will claim the title but fail to live it out – What I have seen for the most part is that people are perfectly fine with someone telling them about how their life was changed even though these people may be living the exact same way as their unsaved friends. Their life never truly changed.
- People are fine with rejecting God, even after convincing arguments – In this regard, many people, even if ample evidence and argumentation have been presented, will still say “that’s good for you but it’s just not for me. There’s got to be more than simply evidence.
- People lack an understanding of sacrificial love – Many people have a hard time understanding why the Gospel is so incredible because society is in the mindset of “what’s in it for me?”
Practicing Evolved Evangelism?
Live a changed life and demonstrate sacrificial love. As a Christian, you should be the most generous, loving, caring, and accepting person around. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. We should do all we can to demonstrate such things!
Sacrificial love is what can be the difference maker in how someone receives the Gospel. This means we should be generous with our time, money, and resources for the sake of the Gospel! We do these things not so that we can call ourselves a good person or “earn our way into heaven,” but so that lives can be changed.
Try opening you house to someone! Invite them over for lunch one day or take them out!
- Be ready to listen to the things they have to say.
- Accept their differences and diversity of culture. (Side note, this doesn’t mean you change scripture to minimize sin. But we need to accept people are sinners, you’re one too… We need to understand them for where they are!).
- Love each person where they’re at in their journey with the Gospel.
- Focus on sharing the Gospel and being hospitable, as well as trusting God to change their heart through your service to them.
- Trust the Holy Spirit to do the work of sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)