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The Office of the Evangelist - Lesson 01

by Dr. Nina Gardner



A Picture of the Evangelist

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A Picture of the Evangelist

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

All apostles are evangelists, but not all evangelists are apostles. We are not all evangelists, but we must all evangelize.

What is evangelism? It is preaching the gospel to everyone. We are all called to "Go ye" (Mark 16:15-18).

Ephesians 4:11-13 "And he gave some …evangelists…For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"

Evangelists are a vital tool for preparing the bride of Christ for His return. Luke 14:15-24 shows us that we will all do the work of an evangelist.

A Picture of the Evangelist

An evangelist’s heartbeat is the salvation of souls. Their overall message is "Repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand".

They are called to the church as a gift; but they are called to the world as a threat, so they need to function and have a support through a local church body.

Their message is always Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Though they are part of the church, they are all about building the kingdom of God.

Evangelists are often gifted with musical or singing abilities, prophecy, or healing and deliverance to enable them to reach the lost.

Evangelists are most often out of the box and radical for Christ. They are not your go-to for gathering and organizing events. They prefer to get a bus and go out to get the people.

All evangelists must walk in faith for what they do. They must hear what God has said so they can go where He is working.

They are most often full of life and zeal – their energy level is high – and they love to be out and about. They get stir crazy to stay in a building or in one place too long.

They often love to travel and can be extremely sociable people. They seem to know how to talk to people with much tactfulness. So, they are often talkative and detailed.

Many evangelists excel in being a giver or a server. They may be able to do mechanics, carpentry, or most anything required of them in their travels.

They can be writers, but their books would be short because they need to be on the move. Most do not spend a lot of time reading – especially long books because their focus is on what is happening right now.

They are internally equipped with an interest in people and never meet a stranger, and any place is a good place to preach or pray.

They are often night owls, so arising early in the morning may be challenging for them.

They often have an effervescent joy and much zeal because they see many salvations. In fact, when people get saved, their souls are energized because that’s what they thrive on.

If they have the proper care from their church, support in the outreach, their travels, finances, and a place to come to get ministered to, they can build a church effortlessly.

They are also equipped in persuasion. This gift enables an evangelist to lead people to Christ when people would normally turn away. They are also persuasive in getting people to attend church when they feel so uncomfortable and awkward.

Evangelists are very persuasive in a pulpit when giving an altar call, but they are more apt to go into the audience and meet them there.

Evangelists absolutely do not believe in waiting for tomorrow. They believe they will lose the soul if they wait, so they will seek them out and compel them to Christ.

They are the proclaimers and the compellers. They will not only proclaim the gospel, but are passionate about compelling them to come in.

Evangelists are often very compassionate to the underprivileged, so they tend to cry when hearing the stories or seeing the situations of the people.

They will pray hard, but it is typically to be for the lost or the babes in Christ.

Evangelists can reach the young and old, rich or poor. They know no boundaries of social status, ethnics, male or female, denominational or not, etc.

They realize that many souls are lost but they will focus only for the one they are talking to at the moment.

If they hear about a person dying without knowing Christ, they will waste no time in getting to them. They are the “in the moment” people.

When an evangelist is disabled, elderly, or for some other reason not able to go out to minister, they will still find a way to evangelize. They will talk to their neighbors and their families.

They will send Bibles and/or money in missions work, and support only ministries that have the same heartbeat of evangelism.

Even in old age, they are big on giving out tracts or the mini-Bibles containing only the book of John.

They are often unorthodox in where they go such as racetracks, gay bars, or drug addict houses – and typically go at odd times or on a whim.

Many people may hear the voice of God to “go ye” but very few will be so radical as an evangelist.

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