The Work Of An Evangelist

PERSONAL NOTE

I would like to express my gratitude to all who were continually praying for me during my recovery in the last month from the bike accident. I am able to move and have resumed work. My physiotherapy is proceeding effectively. May the good Lord bless you richly in all wisdom and understanding in the knowledge of Himself.

The last ten days were busy with the whole backlog of work left after my accident and therefore I was unable to write. I will try my level best under God's grace to write often from now onwards.

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THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

Eleven ordinary Hebrew men: a former tax collector, a social activist, and a few fishermen. With no structure and no resources other than their trust in the promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord tasked these first-century inhabitants of Palestine with the daunting task of evangelising the globe. What an incredible assignment – what an incredible responsibility.

However, every one of the eleven, with the addition of two more later, served their Master bravely, carrying out his order and devoting their lives and the lives of their families to spreading the gospel of Christ.

EACH MEMBER IS AN EVANGELIST

Moses was adamant about not doing it. He could not fathom becoming God's spokesperson prior to Pharoah. However, God "convinced" him to accept the position. 

He would provide whatever was required to complete the job at hand. Moses just needed to understand that Jehovah was not pleading with him to return and save the children of Israel. He was ordering him to go.

Similarly, we must recognise that the Lord does not just request that we assist him in rescuing others; he commanded it. If you have been cleansed of your sins, it is anticipated that you would assist the Savior in rescuing others. You are supposed to be an evangelist.

The term "evangelist" is an anglicised version of the Greek "euanglistes," which derives from the Greek words eu ("well") and aggelos ("messenger"). It is used to refer to someone who preaches the gospel, a gospel herald. 

Frequently, the word is employed in a limited meaning in the New Testament – similar to a gospel preacher, a minister.

Acts 21:8 -- On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

Ephesians 4:11 -- And he himself gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

2 Timothy 4:5 -- You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry.

In a broad sense, any individual, male or female, who spreads the gospel through different methods is an evangelist. And every Christian should be engaged in some manner in the evangelization of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

THE REWARD OF EVANGELISM

He knew he would die within twenty-four hours. How would you spend your last day? Jesus spent the time — priceless, priceless minutes — to wash his disciples' feet. Why would he do such a thing? To instil in them the understanding that "since I, the Lord and Teacher, have bathed your feet, you too need to wash one another's feet."

Christianity is a faith steeped in devotion and self-sacrifice – from our King to the most insignificant member. We serve as a result of his service to us. We are instructed to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as our adversaries. When we make service sacrifices, we assist others in discovering their God and their path home.

Perhaps the most paradoxical aspect of the service required by Christ's religion is that it is through service to others that we discover our greatest satisfaction. You will never be happier than when you assist another person in improving his position in life or, more significantly, his connection with the Creator.

That is why the most beneficial thing you can do is to help others via evangelism. By serving as a Christ-centered messenger, you will get the greatest reward – the pleasure of knowing that you assisted Jesus in locating a lost soul.

Christ assures those who serve in this manner of tremendous benefits. His acclaim and appreciation should inspire us to want to be his evangelists.

BECOMING AN EVANGELIST

You may be incapable of performing the duties of a preacher, teacher, elder, or deacon. However, in a broad sense, anybody may be an evangelist. This is how.

Make a Point of Doing Good

Cornelius listened intently as Peter related the storey of Jesus, the guy from Nazareth who went about doing good.

Acts 10:38 -- with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, that God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with him.

With Christ as our model, one of the most effective ways to begin becoming an evangelist is to go about your daily activities searching for worthwhile tasks.

Paul simply stated:

Galatians 6:9-10 -- "And let us not get weary in doing good: for in due season, if we do not faint, we shall reap. Thus, whenever we have the chance, let us do what is right toward all men, but particularly toward those who are members of the family of faith."

I work as a teacher in a school and for years the Boy Scouts are renowned for their daily "Good Deed." The young scouts are urged to "begin immediately with a daily Good Deed; nothing spectacular, but something he would not do otherwise."

What an amazing, practical application of this concept for the Christian evangelist, not only on a daily basis but at every opportunity, as Paul stated. There is no greater praise than having it stated of you, "He is always doing good."

Your primary weapon of evangelism is good acts. They unlatch the door. They demonstrate your concern. Follow Christ's example, and you will be well on your way to being an excellent evangelist.

COMMUNICATION

Are there friends or family members in your life who are in desperate need of salvation? Often, it is tough to speak with someone about their spiritual state. Here is a method that you may find useful.

Rather than attempting to "win an argument," just inform them that you have been praying for them. Or that you have been considering them — that you are concerned. They cannot help but try to reassure you that they are OKAY.

Perhaps at that time, you might organise a Bible study "just to be certain." Would it not be nice if they gave you time to convey the gospel to them? Or, if they guarantee they will read and evaluate your submission.

Perhaps it would be more beneficial to concentrate on expressing concern, requesting a fair hearing, and giving a chance for them to hear the gospel. You have accomplished your loving duty to deliver them the gospel of Christ, whether via the preacher, a pamphlet, an article, or a recording.

CONTRIBUTION

The Philippian Christians were overjoyed to assist Paul in carrying out the Lord's request. Paul said in response,

Philippians 1:3-6 -- "I thank my God in every remembrance of you, always with joy in every supplication, I make on your behalf, for your fellowship in the advancement of the gospel from the first day to the present; confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ."

By and large, the majority of us have rather little circles of influence. We have our families, those with whom we worship, our colleagues, our neighbours, and random acquaintances. However, there are a lot more people on the planet – about 7 plus billion.

We cannot visit every person on the planet personally. We are constrained by the demands of daily life, family responsibilities, and our physical location. We may, however, collaborate and assist others in expanding the kingdom's boundaries. We can reach much more people collectively than we can individually.

Numerous congregations assist missionaries in their efforts to preach the gospel to distant lands. These selfless individuals do not get the recognition and appreciation they deserve in this world (the Lord knows, though). 

They often make sacrifices in terms of comfort and convenience in order to bring the gospel to those far-flung places. And, much too often, their safety is jeopardised as well. Indeed, the missionary is a wonderful servant.

There is no greater service than assisting someone else in teaching the gospel. Thousands upon thousands of lives have been saved in this way by the united efforts of Christians – souls who were destined and would not have been redeemed had decent Christians not sponsored a mission activity.

You may not be able to make the sacrifice necessary to travel, but you may certainly follow the Philippians' example. Become an evangelist by supporting a godly missionary effort.

LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGEMENT

Encourage your local pastors, elders, and deacons. It may not seem so, yet it is true.

Consider your local minister/pastor/teacher and all who are in ministry tirelessly - hold them to a high standard. They are responsible for guiding the congregation's study of God's word. Whether the message encourages, reproves, or educates, it is a difficult task that needs expertise and commitment.

Preachers are required to pay visits to the ill, aged, and infirm. They sit at the bedside of people who are about to meet their Maker. They often endure criticism – some of it justified, some of it not. Frequently, they forego personal "family time" in order to further the church's objectives.

Your church leaders work in the same manner – out of love for the church of Christ. You may be an evangelist by encouraging people in your local church who have devoted their lives to the ministry of evangelization. Your collaboration – expressed through encouragement, good words, and genuine appreciation — means the world to us.

Matthew 28:19-20 -- "Therefore, go and make disciples of all countries, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to follow all things that I commanded you: and behold, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

The Lord has placed his trust in you. You are capable of doing so. Consider yourself an evangelist.

Blessings,

Godwin.

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