We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.
~ Oswald J. Smith
In a world of seemingly ever-present iPhones, iPads and laptops, it’s difficult to go anywhere without seeing people transfixed by their technology devices. Could it be they’re doing more than updating Twitter and Pinterest?
Millions of people share their faith online and while changing modes of faith-sharing may make some uncomfortable, online evangelism is critical to reaching the unreached and will be central to fulfilling the Great Commission.
“Scripture tells us that every tribe and every nation will hear the Gospel.” While it’s easy to conclude that ubiquitous technology use is a detriment to society, it’s also important to recognize the growth of technology as God’s provision for the spreading of the Gospel. The Internet is the way through which we are going to fulfill the Great Commission call to all the world.
It’s no longer a question of ‘how’ every tribe and every nation will hear the Gospel—we have the means. It’s up to us, however, to use the tools we’ve been given.”
~ Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land
Technology reaches into countries where missionaries can’t go and helps new believers grow in places where a mention of the name of Jesus can lead to death. Volunteers, apps, social media, and online advertising come together to share Jesus with every person on Earth.
Prayer for Online Evangelism
Many people contact evangelistic sites asking for help and counsel. While of course, these messages are confidential are treated as such, many outreach ministries create a private network team of people who will pray for such contacts.
Although it can seem impersonal to pray for people you have never met, and situations which may be only briefly described, God will honor such praying, which is essential to effective online ministry.
There are many hurting, angry, and rebellious people on the Internet, people who desperately need Christ. The Internet provides them anonymity. There’s no way to know what impact your prayers will have on our world. Who knows, your prayers might be the catalyst that starts a revival in a remote part of the world. Maybe, one day when you are walking on the streets of glory, a person will come up to you and say, “Thank you. It’s because of your prayers that I’m here in Heaven.”