• Welcome to Christian Forums
  1. Welcome to Christian Forums, a forum to discuss Christianity in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

  2. The forums in the Christian Congregations category are now open only to Christian members. Please review our current Faith Groups list for information on which faith groups are considered to be Christian faiths. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum.

Is witnessing online effective?

Discussion in 'Missions, Evangelism & Witnessing' started by megabuff, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    Has anyone had any level of success online, presenting Jesus to non believers?

    From my experience, sharing is not appreciated but rather payed back with rudeness and scorn.

    One of the reasons for this could be the lack of emotion in written communication which often leads to misunderstanding.

    I was wondering would a testimonial video be more effective?
    Something like this one....
     
    We teamed up with Faith Counseling. Can they help you today?
  2. SkyWriting

    SkyWriting The Librarian Supporter

    +4,962
    United States
    Non-Denom
    Married
    US-Others
    61 Bible verses about Silence - Knowing Jesus
    What Does the Bible Say About Being Still?
     
  3. tampasteve

    tampasteve Messianic and Lutheran Staff Member Purple Team - Moderator Supporter

    +1,857
    United States
    Lutheran
    Married
    US-Others
    It really depends on the group and the audience. If it is a person or group open to listening, then yes. If it is more or less off topic and to a general group, then no. Also, many, even most, online groups are really for people to converse with like minded individuals, an echo chamber as it were - they are not interested in being talked to. The best witness one can do online is be polite, open, and honest and witness in that way - not preaching per se. Also, in general most people are not going to play a youtube video...one is better off making your statement concisely in print. I know people on this board like to embed devotional videos they make....I have never clicked to listen to any of them...but maybe I am unique in that way. I just do not want to listen to someone speak in a (more than likely) poorly made video for more than a few seconds....
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • List
  4. dreadnought

    dreadnought Lip service isn't really service. Supporter

    +3,392
    United States
    United Methodist
    Celibate
    Most of the people I've run into on Christians forums are Christians, so it doesn't seem to me to be an issue of presenting Jesus to nonbelievers. For me it's more an issue of trying to witness to what I've learned and believe. I don't think many people come to Christian forums to learn.
     
  5. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    We are commanded to share the gospel with non believers and so when i see people making comments against our faith I feel the urge to respond, but it usually doesn't work out well.
     
  6. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
  7. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    lol, thanks .. is there a section where you are post a video for review?
     
  8. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    its not in Christian forums. more likely on on youtube comments sections.
    Talking about Jesus to fellow believers is easy and should be joyful. its the non believers that are hard.
     
  9. dreadnought

    dreadnought Lip service isn't really service. Supporter

    +3,392
    United States
    United Methodist
    Celibate
    But we argue unceasingly about various theological issues.
     
  10. Monksailor

    Monksailor Member Supporter

    209
    +98
    United States
    Christian
    Married
    US-Others
    God's Word promises never to come back void and I do not think that matters what form of sharing that entails. Witnessing requires a prayerful attitude in humility and prayer b4 and after. It is then that I think we see that a person's salvation is in the Lord's hands, not ours, and the timing is ALL in His hands not when we expect or desire it. Leave it up to God's Word, not yours. Don't try to convince or pressure, if you gain a decision with those salesperson or hell, fire, and brimstone tactics your "convert" will be just that; your convert. A convert of puny man/woman, not God, and it will be void of any super-natural, life-changing (for the long term), and redemptive power. I have witnessed such "conversions" as the partner I was given for conducting visitations was a very strong type A, winsome/charismatic type individual and this person could get a decision from a satan worshiper. But I could see that it wasn't God's power but his. And his "converts" lasted as long as his personal interest in them lasted. When he didn't have any more time for them due to more pressing needs of current "converts" all of a sudden their lives fell apart and they left the church and when followed up their response was that "God abandoned them." He had made himself God to them when he caused their "salvation" in his power. Now they are so resistant to the Gospel they may NEVER really be saved. He gave the Gospel message but he did not let God do His work from the inside out in time and forced a decision before the person was really ready and by being the "Force" to them they naturally looked to him to know and fix their problems. My 2 cents.
     
  11. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    true, its a shame what happens at times. one would hope that we would always be loving towards each other.
    They will know we are christian by our love. amen?
     
  12. Ken Rank

    Ken Rank Well-Known Member Supporter

    +4,579
    United States
    Non-Denom
    Married
    That's it... one finds when they seek. If they are not looking, all the pushing in the world will only cause them to run AWAY from what we are pushing. This is why Peter said to give an answer for the hope of our calling to all who ASK us. The single best "witness" we have is our life... if stands in harmony with the character of God and adds to His reputation, we are being a good witness.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    • List
  13. Monksailor

    Monksailor Member Supporter

    209
    +98
    United States
    Christian
    Married
    US-Others
    Yeah, on youtube all you can do is plant the Word, concisely. I don't think they read past the first God or Christ in a holy sense. But on this site I think you might be surprised how many guests are quietly sitting on threads. Seeing if Christianity is something that they want. This is why it is SO important for us Christians to show our love toward each other, ALL the time, as you were alluding to earlier.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • List
  14. tampasteve

    tampasteve Messianic and Lutheran Staff Member Purple Team - Moderator Supporter

    +1,857
    United States
    Lutheran
    Married
    US-Others
    Hmm I'm not sure. Probably the best place for personally created videos would be the blog section. Make a blog on this website and post videos there? I read quite a few of the blog occasionally, it's nice to see people's thoughts outside the normal forum structure.
     
  15. dreadnought

    dreadnought Lip service isn't really service. Supporter

    +3,392
    United States
    United Methodist
    Celibate
    Amen. Arguing doesn't necessarily we mean we don't love each other.
     
  16. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    Amen to that. they will be watching our actions to see if there is any Christ in us.
    Hear from a friend a group of christian men were out having coffee and a debate started about some bible verses and their interpretation. it became heated and a lady at a nearby table said you should go and talk to this god you believe in. not good.
     
  17. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    ok thankyou :)
     
  18. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    i know, we are only human. hek i even argue with my wife at times and i love her more than anyone on this planet lol
     
  19. Phil 1:21

    Phil 1:21 Well-Known Member

    +4,323
    Christian
    Married
    It will be effective if God wants it to be effective. We don't always see the fruits of our witness.
     
  20. megabuff

    megabuff Newbie

    147
    +66
    Christian
    Married
    yes amen to that. that is something we should be mindful of.
     
Loading...