BIBLE READING: ACTS 8:4-40; MATTHEW 9:35-38
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we all come to the Unity of the Faith and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the Measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV).
In the letter to the Church at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul listed five offices that are referred to as the Five-Fold Ministry: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. We will look briefly today at who the evangelist is and the responsibilities of his office.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15). Even though every believer is called to preach the Gospel, not every believer is called into the Office of the Evangelist. There are certain Spiritual gifts that back the Office of the Evangelist especially the Gift of the Working of Miracles and the Gifts of Healings (see Acts 8:6-7).
An evangelist carries a great burden for those who are not a part of the Kingdom of God yet and an anointing to preach the Gospel to them that comes with great conviction and draws them to the Lord. They will often have signs and wonders following them to confirm their message (see Mk. 16:20).
A prime example of an evangelist in the New Testament is Philip. He was one of the Seven Deacons chosen to serve the widows in Acts 6 and he is the only one specifically called an evangelist ” On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him (Acts 21:8). In Acts 8, He obeyed the Holy Spirit and brought the Ethiopian eunuch to a believing Knowledge of Christ.
Evangelists make converts while Apostles make disciples. The foremost desire of an evangelist is to see people come into the Kingdom after which he leaves the discipling of his converts to others. They love teaching others how to win people to Christ and never feel like they are actually doing enough to accomplish their Divine Task. They are grieved to see believers’ indifference regarding the lost. The evangelist has an anointing to impart God’s Broken Heart to the Body of Christ. Evangelists are absolutely crucial for numerical growth in the local church and the Kingdom of God.
Lord, I pray that more evangelists be released into the mission fields and that many more believers would carry out the Great Commission in Jesus’ Name. Amen.