Imagine revival on a global scale. Today, the possibility exists with the Internet. Thousands of Christian Web sites stand ready to answer the call of people looking for God online, which, according to ABC News, numbers “2 million people a day.”
Digital media’s impact on communications over the past two decades has opened a new door to global evangelism. The potential to shine the light of Christ into the most spiritually dark places on earth has increased exponentially through online media.
To that end, Internet Evangelism Day, April 29, was established to assist believers to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” with the touch of their computers, tablets, or smart phones. The Alliance is joining with the universal Church on Internet Evangelism Day to emphasize the use of this “ends-of-the-earth” media channel to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
The Alliance established its official online presence in 1998 to “create a place for pastors to network with each other and find ministry resources,” says Deb Schermerhorn, who was one of the original Alliance Web team members. “We wanted to help reclaim the Internet for Christ and use it as a tool to advance the Kingdom.” The Alliance Web site received nearly 450,000 visitors in the past year.
More than 100 years ago, Alliance founder A. B. Simpson challenged Alliance people to “keep abreast of the progress of our age and be more and more of today in our message and ministry to our generation.” Having launched the first Alliance magazine in 1882, Simpson was considered a pioneer in the use of widespread, progressive gospel media.
From the early days of Christian radio, when Alliance pastor A. W. Tozer called people to pursue God, to Christian broadcasts through solar-powered radios in the African bush, The Alliance has utilized the latest technology to advance the gospel. The Alliance Video Magazine is now seen by hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Simpson’s exhortation could not be more relevant than it is today. With the rapid advance of Internet technology, The Alliance takes advantage of every opportunity to tell God’s story through social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and has made available on its Web site free downloadable resources for more than 5 million Alliance Christians worldwide.
Internet may become the primary evangelism tool of the future, making revival on a global scale a reality. On Internet Evangelism Day, The Alliance celebrates God’s empowerment to extend its global reach through the Internet to complete Christ’s Great Commission.
What You Can Do
- Visit The Alliance “Need Light?” page and share the link using your social media channels.
- Download The Alliance iPhone app and share the stories of what God is doing around the world.
- Watch the video about God’s message of love and hope and share The Alliance vimeo page with your friends.