URBAN & RURAL EVANGELISM
URBAN & RURAL EVANGELISM
<<<LET THE BULLET HIT THE TARGET>>>
Penetrating Cities And Villages With The Gospel Of Christ
By Pastor Joshua O. Oladiti
The mandate of Christ to His church is not debatable or negotiable as though as some think, but it is an urgent call to duty for the end time harvest (Mat.9:37,38); it is time for the bullet to hit it’s target.
For the bullet to hit its target, note that the following very important:
- Sharp mind
- High concentration—don’t lose focus
- Training—where and how to penetrate
- Self discipline—spiritual, emotional, financial etc
By the bullet hitting its target, what do we mean? For every hunter to rejoice is hitting the targeted animal he is hunting; so also every exercise of labor is targeted in achieving the required goal. The target of Christ coming to the earth is to save mankind; and at the end of His assignment He commissioned us as His disciples to carry on same until His coming. In Luke 19:13, we read that when the master was travelling, he instructed his servants whom he had given talents to Occupy till I come. (KJV), that is ‘Do business till I come.’ (NKJV). He, the Lord Jesus has given us the same instruction to occupy the whole world with the Gospel (And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (NKJV).
Therefore, for us to carry out the assignment of reaching the whole world with the Gospel, with our bullet precisely hitting the target, we should have very sound and sharp mind (For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind> 2Tim 1:7).
Let’s not forget that the passion of God is soul-winning (i.e. saving the unsaved, reaching the unreached). This passion was and is the propeller for Christ’s death for all mankind by the Father’s love which is the Gospel (Good News). We are therefore mandated to preach and teach the Good News (Gospel) to all across the world (leaving no one behind/unreached). Jesus Christ died to save sinner. That is the central message of the gospel that needs to be spread to every urban (cities) and rural (villages) of our nations.
The big question then is, how do we get it done?
What is the bullet? >The Gospel
What is the target? >The unsaved
- God and Christ Passion: A Mandate for the Church>>>
(Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:47-49)
The business of soul-winning (Prov. 11:30) is the passion of God and His Christ and it is a big business of the Kingdom. This is now the mandate for us as the church which must be the passion that drives us to our world.
From the above scriptures we deduce the following:
- We are commanded and commissioned to preach the gospel.
- We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry it out.
- We have instruction to make disciples by teaching/preaching the gospel.
Therefore, preaching the gospel to the unsaved is not complete until we teach them and make them disciples of Christ (Matt 24:19,20).
- Penetrating The Cities and Villages With The Gospel (Urban and Rural Evangelism)
It is important to note that the approach to be employed may differ, but the message remains the same no matter what>>> Christ died to save the unsaved (Good News) and we have been empowered by Holy Spirit to fulfill the mandate.
- Urban (Cities) Approach: In order to penetrate the urban areas with the Gospel the following must be taken to consideration:
- The city/urban area is a very busy place (people there are too busy and always in haste
- People in the cities are time-conscious
- People here need comfort and relaxation.
Therefore we should equip ourselves with all necessary strategies to reach them with the gospel as we rely on Holy Spirit for strategic direction and instruction. However, the following can be employed for a successful urban penetration:
- Employing the present day technology
- Audio and visual aids (the use of television, radio, satellite/cable)
- Printing—bulletins, cards and tracts
- Internet—blogs, website, social media, e-mails, etc
- Outdoor programs in a good , conducive and relaxing atmosphere (with time in mind)
- Publicity and Adverts (Billboards and flex banners).
- Rural (Villages) Approach: People here are not as busy as city people. They have their time to manage and not always in a hurry. Therefore, the following may be adopted, but above all the Holy Spirit must be the One leading:
- Target the head of the village and family for effectiveness
- Display audiovisual programs (film show)
- Outdoor programs—crusade, prayer meeting, etc on an open field
- Publicity and mobilization
- Employ free medical service (free eye screening, free bp test, others)
- Sharing of clothes, shoes, food stuffs
From the above approaches, it is important and imperative that we allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead and of all ensure that the content of the message is kept and maintained whatever the cost.
There is an urgent need to reach all corners of the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as
- the end of the world is fast approaching
- evil seems to be gaining ground and it has to be stopped—some nations had legalized homosexuality, abortion, and to some extent incest (these evil can only be stopped through the gospel)
- ritual killing, slavery has returned more aggressively than ever (all because of money, power and position).
We are saved to save others (Prov. 11:30 ‘The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise’).
Let us tear down every hindrance, barriers and whatever may bring limitations before us as a church and fulfill the desire of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ by penetrating both the rural and urban areas with the Good News.
Going about spreading the Gospel is not going to be easy. Of course nothing good comes easy. Note the following as well:
- you may come face to face with a very hostile/unfriendly people
- lack of money
- health issues due to mosquito bite, dangerous reptiles, poor water and others
- persecutions from loved ones
- sexual temptations
- and many more
but above all these, we are more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13(NKJV).
Read books about the place so as to be well prepared.
Ask questions about their customs, types of food they eat, and their mode of dressing.
Try learning some of their languages (the simple ones such as ‘good morning’, ‘how’s work and family?’ etc). This will help a lot.
Be loving—show them love even before you start sharing the gospel with them. God is love (1John 4:8, 16).
If you have the means, provide some basic things such as clothes, shoes, books etc. they will listen to you if you show them care.
‘Occupy Till I Come’