What is Online Evangelism
What Online Evangelism is
More than 1 billion people around the world use the Internet every day as a source of information and entertainment. Have you ever wondered how to combine this with Bible study and evangelism?
Opportunities for digital evangelism
Digital evangelism involves spreading and study of the gospel via the Internet. It can be done through written content on blogs and other religious websites. It is a chance for a person to feel the presence of God on social networks.
Traditionally, only pastors, leaders, and preachers do online evangelism and spread the gospel to others. But even before the quarantine, worldwide isolation and pandemic, more and more people were searching for God online.
Why is online evangelism important? Our main goal here on earth is to share the knowledge of God with each other and to believe in Jesus. With fewer people attending the physical church today, we can share the gospel online.
A physical church building is not the main requirement for people who want to know Jesus. Virtual evangelism can also meet this need. Church leaders need to go online to reach people during the pandemic. Online evangelism is of the utmost importance for the church to continue to attract more people to Christ.
In the Internet age, the most successful strategy to get more people to study the Bible is to go to places where the good news can be shared. The average person spends at least 8 hours a day engaging in some form of online activity. Could these online platforms be a “new church” where the gospel can be preached?
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you...” (Matthew 28: 19-20)
Mostly the Internet is filled with negative and “non-Christian” content. This is particularly noticeable now, during this global pandemic. Therefore, online evangelism is reaching a new level. This is an opportunity to bring the love of Jesus to any person who has access to the Internet.
How to Preach Online
1. Do not be afraid, it is just new technology
Online evangelism is not yet as familiar to us as ministry in a regular church. But everything is in our hands. Do not be afraid, try and go towards new knowledge with Jesus. Online evangelism can be done by creating Christian content and distributing it online, or, for example, using the Christ's Bodies platform to be a member of online home groups.
2. If you have a video sermon, remember to make eye contact.
During online meetings, we hear the voices and have eye contact with people. Do not be distracted and look at the camera to get involved and understand what a leader or other participants say.
3. Feel free to speak
Let your sermon become like talking with a friend about Christ. Remember, when we talk to friends, we are relaxed and confident in what we are talking about. Create a relaxing atmosphere when preaching online and feel free to speak openly about Christ.
4. Think about consequences
Remember that everything on the Internet remains in the public domain. So, if you are preaching in your church, be sincere and open, but think ahead. Your words can be taken out of context and used against you. Therefore, be especially careful with references to specific people, with humor, criticism of someone or something.
5. Ask for support
Maybe you will feel revived and full of energy when you preach the Word of God. But it is also possible that online preaching will drain you. You have no tangible feedback and personal communication after the live stream. It may seem like you were literally preaching in an empty room.
If you feel that online ministry has drained you, talk to your mentor about it and ask for support. On the Christ's Bodies platform, you can preach to your home group, get feedback from members and choose a mentor.
6. Pay attention to people's comments
Feedback is formed during the sermon. Sometimes viewers write about problems with sound or video, write wishes about future topics, and ask questions. Take notes to avoid major mistakes during your next online meetings.
The Christ's Bodies platform is an opportunity to evangelize and study the Bible online with your friends and acquaintances. By registering on the platform, you can take your faith beyond four church walls and reach out to more people through live online sermons. Register and start evangelizing today!