Summary: The vision and intentional evangelism of Liberty University.
A UNIVERSITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
“And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks” (Acts 19:8-10).
Liberty University was begun by Thomas Road Baptist Church. And just as Thomas Road is not a normal church, so Liberty University is not a normal university. By normal I mean “the way things are normally done.” Technically, every church should do what Thomas Road tries to do, i.e., do everything it can to reach the world. But many churches don’t have a world-vision, and sadly, neither do many Christian colleges/universities. Because Jesus commanded to “preach the gospel to every creature,” and He commanded, “make disciples,” both the church and University can do nothing less than attempt to reach the world for Christ, then change it.
Overview of five ways Liberty can
change the world.
1. By actual intentional evangelism by students.
2. By revival.
3. By equipped students who go out to plant, build and evangelize new churches like Thomas Road.
4. By mission outreach of its staff and faculty.
5. By conferences, training sessions, classes, books; and today, e-mail, fax and all media.
1. LIBERTY CAN TOUCH THE WORLD BY ACTUAL INTENTIONAL EVANGELISM BY ITS STUDENTS.
Thomas Road Baptist Church really began to focus on the world when we accepted saturation evangelism as a strategy for our local church. That became the marching order of Thomas Road. I define saturation evangelism, “using every available means to reach every available person, at every available time.” Therefore, I felt a mandate to use television, radio, the printing press, telephone, and advertisement to get the Gospel out to every person. First, in Lynchburg then Virginia; then to the United States and ultimately to the world. And if we’re going to help saturate the world, why not change the world?
I want to remind you of three things about evangelism done by Liberty students. First, you have done evangelism and soul-winning around the world. When I began to name the places where student teams have gone, it staggers my mind (this list was prepared by those who went to these places): Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the South China Sea, Hawaii, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Red China, Fiji, Samoa, India, Russia, the Holy Land, Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), Union of South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, France, Germany, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Ukraine, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Mexico, all the countries of Central America, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, plus the islands of the Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica, Nassau; and the list goes on and on.