Social media can be a fruitful ground for evangelizing nonbelievers. Studies have shown that about 18% of people who regularly encounter Christian material online become Christians. This means that the chance of an unsaved person in your sphere of influence becoming a follower of Jesus Christ through your social media efforts is roughly one person every five years. Using the internet and social media to share the gospel is something you can do with minimal effort and tremendous potential for long-term, cumulative impact.
What is the gospel exactly?
If you're a Christian, you've most likely been asked this question before. You may even have asked it of yourself. What is the gospel? Is it just four simple words: "Jesus saves," or is it much, much more than that? If we're going to evangelize online, we need to know what the gospel is all about so that we can share it with others.
There has been much debate over the years about exactly what the gospel is. Still, generally speaking, the gospel can be summed up in these two things: The Gospel is about Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose again three days later so that we might have eternal life with him. The gospel is about receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts through faith and repentance.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16 ESV
The first part of the gospel—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—is crucial because it shows us that we are sinners who deserve God's judgment, but He sent His Son to take our place on the cross so that we might have life in Him.
The second part of the gospel—how do people receive God's gift of salvation?—is essential because if someone doesn't receive God's gift, they will not have eternal life in heaven with Him.
Things I've learned during my long years as a Christian.
Like most Christians, I have sometimes found myself in conversations with non-Christian friends and family about Jesus. When these discussions happen, I am usually unprepared for what comes next. Most of the time, these discussions turn into an interrogation rather than a conversation. There is a lot of probing questions like "How do you know Jesus was real?" or "What if Jesus never really existed?" or "What makes Christianity the right religion?" I have found myself unprepared to answer those questions because my response was vague and not thoroughly thought out.I've learned that we should study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ to build our faith. Doing so should help us answer those tough questions when they come up in discussions with others. It's essential to do this because we cannot just give a few cliche statements that don't make much sense to anyone. We need to use meaningful facts and quotes from the Bible to prove our point.If we are going to defend our faith, we need to understand who Jesus Christ is, what he has done for us, and why he came here 2000 years ago. Only then can we begin to live out his commands and share him with others.
How to witness to people on social media.
Witnessing people online isn't particularly difficult. You need a plan and a few simple tools. Here are some tips for sharing the gospel online: Consider your situation. Are you willing to have an honest conversation about faith? How comfortable are you with people knowing about your beliefs? What would be the result if you were to share your faith online?After you've considered these questions, pick a social media channel that's right for you.
The internet can be an evil place, but it can also be excellent. The internet has given us more access to information, people, and resources than we could ever dream possible. It has also given us access to pornography, racism, and every kind of sin imaginable. In this article, I want to talk about how we can use the power of the internet for good and glorify God by sharing Jesus with others through social media.
- Post often. The more often you post, the more likely people will see it. You can also consider posting at peak hours when people are most likely to be looking at their feed.
- Be genuine. Sharing your faith online is simply sharing your faith, not marketing a product or trying to get something from someone. Your posts should be truthful and sincere, rather than designed to convince someone of something they might not be interested in hearing about.
- Keep conversations short and sweet. If someone doesn't want to talk about faith at that moment, don't push them to do so because it can feel like pressure or make them feel uncomfortable. Remember that social media is just one way to share Christ's message with others; you don't have to discuss religion every time you talk with someone online.
Ways to reach nonbelievers in your sphere of influence.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting, the potential to reach nonbelievers in your sphere of influence is only as far away as your keyboard. Here are some tips to help you do so:1. Start with yourself.The best way to share the gospel online is not necessarily to convert people directly. Instead, concentrate on spreading the word about who you are and how Jesus has radically changed your life. Invite others into your life so that they can get to know you better, and then let God work through their hearts the same way He worked in yours.2. Don't be negative about other religions and beliefs online.If someone asks for your thoughts on another religion or a different belief system, try to avoid being critical, even if you disagree with it. Remember that Jesus called us to love one another, not tear each other down or put each other down.3. Avoid combativeness when interacting with others online.Don't jump into arguments or disagreements with others online just because you disagree with them. Instead of engaging in contentious debate, try steering the conversation toward something positive and uplifting instead. If someone challenges you on your beliefs or faith, respond with kindness and grace rather than hostility and anger.What if you could have a meaningful conversation with your nonbeliever friends about what matters most in life? What if you could help them discover the God of the Bible and the amazing plan he has for their lives?What if you could demonstrate to your friends that the Bible is reliable, trustworthy, and relevant to today's issues? Would they want to know more?The truth is that people in our culture long for a relationship with God. But even though they don't realize it, they ask questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible. They may not be able to articulate it, but they are seeking. You can help them find what they're looking for by sharing the gospel online. You can share what matters most!
Share the gospel online with other Christians - Remember that the internet is a great place to do ministry, but so is your neighborhood, co-worker, and friends.
As an adult, I remember how exciting the internet was when you first started using it. You probably had all kinds of dreams and aspirations that you thought would come true through your online activity. This is a different generation, and I am sure they have their dreams and aspirations associated with the internet.Things have changed a lot over time, but never forget that at the heart of every person is a need for Jesus Christ. The internet has opened up tremendous opportunities for evangelism, but at the same time, it has also become a place where people feel safe to share their darkest secrets with others. I think there are more struggles with pornography online than most people realize, and I think it is because people feel anonymous.
But don't be naive when it comes to sharing personal info on social media.
The issue with some Christians is that they are so eager to spread the word of God that they share too much information on social media. They give away their identities. This makes you vulnerable to identity theft, cyberbullying, and other types of harassment. Avoid posting personal details online if you're concerned about keeping your location private. Remember to stay respectful and non-judgmental when attempting to share your faith online.
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. —Proverbs 24:27 ESV
Always be prepared, follow Jesus' example.
Speaking up for your faith online can feel like you're standing in the middle of a crowded stadium and trying to persuade everyone around you that you're right. At the same time, it can seem so private that you wonder if anyone will even notice. The fact is, when you share about Jesus online, people are listening—whether you're on social media, blogging, or doing something else. When you speak up for your faith online, it's good to remember that you're following Jesus' example. He wasn't shy about telling others who he was and what he stood for. He was transparent and honest with others about his identity and beliefs. Because of this, people began to follow him, making him their leader. And that's how he did it.Jesus didn't wait until everything was perfect before he acted; he just did what he could at the time with what he had. This doesn't mean we should rush into things without careful thought or consideration.
If we want to reach nonbelievers, we have to think outside of the box when connecting with them. It's evident that everyone who has internet access is not a Christian, and social media is pulling in many people who have no intention of being a part of any church or following Jesus Christ. However, this should be viewed as an opportunity to spread God's word instead of a problem needing to be solved. Remember—Christians who share the gospel on social media are making a direct impact in their sphere of influence, which can set others up for spiritual breakthroughs as well.It is a great time to be Christian, and we are part of the last generation where it will be possible to evangelize the world before it collapses into anarchy. We don't have to compromise our values, but we need to learn how to be more effective. Whether it's sharing news articles, making memes, or sending inspirational quotes that will expand the gospel online. Be careful who you befriend online and learn how to defuse arguments that can lead to a conflict of values rather than just shouting out your personal beliefs on social media.