Tuesday, July 15, 2008
21st Century Evangelism
Since the sixties we have seen a change take place within our culture. The breaking down of the foundation which we have built our worldview. This change exculated as we moved from the industrial age to the information age. Many economist and historians credit this change to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the fall of the industrial age came the fall of evangelism as we knew it. During the industrial age evangelism may have been passing out a trac, or a tent meeting. There was a standard of right and wrong in our culture which made these forms effective. Yet when the information age came, mind and reason began to excel. Old ways of evangelism lost it's meaning. Today evangelism will not work as it use to. Since our culture began to look at reason and thought, Christian testimony began to lose it's validity. The fall of evangelist and disgrace of pastors added to the fuel of doubt, and our culture began to ask the hard question, "Why Christianity?" Our culture wanted to know why we believed in a worldview, that the very same leaders, who proclaimed truth were falling left and right. Paul was commissioned at a time when polytheism was the main religion. Pagan practices were of the norm. Greek thought permeated the culture which was "more X-rated and brutal than our own." ( ) Yet through Paul, God used him to impact his culture. He was'nt a sign holding evangelist. He didn't wear a t-shirt stating his belief. His tool was simple. Paul used his mind and spoke the words that came from the throne of God. He used his worldview to to lay the foundation and then presented Christ. "He spoke of God more in terms of His presence and power, and he even quoted truth from a Greek poet in order to connect with these "pagans" and get his point across: We are God's offspring." ( )Paul had confedience to impact his generation. There are three lessons we can learn from Paul. First, in order for us to stand strong we must have confidence in a true living God. It must be our foundation! We cannot waiver! God is not our "feel good" at the moment God. He is the creator of all living matter. "I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." (Isaiah 46:9-10). God is GOD period! Second, we must work on articulating our own worldview. "Always be prepared to given an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15) Remember people want to know the "why?" to the "what's?". Why do you believe Christ to be the only way? Why do you believe in absolutes? Why do you think the Bible is true? Why? Why? Why? Third, "if the early church could flourish in a Graeco-Roman culture" ( ), so can we today! Cowboy up church! It's time to ride!!