We’ve been discussing evangelism as it relates to the Christian for the past three weeks in bible class. Along the same lines, there are tools that are available to us today which were not available to the people in the first century. When we look at the ways that the first Christians evangelized, we see they talked to people they came in contact with and used letters sent by a courier. Acts 20:18-21 is a good example of this: “And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Also Colossians 4:7, “Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.” And Colossians 4:16, “Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.”
What we see in these three passages is that Paul and others were using the tools they had at their disposal to reach others for evangelism as well as edification. In today’s world we can literally fly around the world for a few thousand dollars, send a message to someone in a different country in less than a few seconds, and stream video across the internet for millions to watch in their own leisure. It is a wonderful world we live in and we should be very mindful of what tools are at our disposal. One question that can be posed is “What would the Apostle Paul do if he had access to email?” Can you imagine the good that could have been done with almost instant communication to the churches he planted?
As a congregation and as individual Christians let us resolve to look to these tools as well as other opportunities for an opening for the gospel. There are plenty of ways for us to reach out as well as encourage one another if we only look for those avenues. May God bless us as we act as stewards of His blessings.