The Gift of Evangelism
I. The Gift of Evangelism
The word "evangleist" occurs only three times: (1) On Pauls trip back to Jerusalem, "we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist." (Acts 21:8) (2) "And he gave some...evangelists" (Ephesians 4:11) (3) Paul urges Timothy to "do the work of an evangelist." (2 Timothy 4:5)
A. Special ability to communicate the Gospel
in relevant terms to unbelievers. (Acts 8:26-38; John
II. The Work of Evangelism (2 Timothy 4:5)
1. More than a non-verbal influence. No one is saved by observing a quiet, godly life. (It does however, prepare hearts to receive the Word.)
2. Explanation must be given to show an unbeliever how to become rightly related to God. (Acts 16:28-32)
3. Evangleism demands speaking only of Jesus Christ. ( I Timothy 1:4; Titus 3:9)
B. Proclaim the Good News
Note: The word "gospel" comes from two Greek words, "well," or "good," and "announcment," i.e. the gospel is a "good announcment," or "good news."
C. Proclaim the Good News Effectively
1. When Peter preached at Pentecost, hearers "were pricked in their hearts..." resulting in conversion, and baptistm of 3,000 souls (Acts 14:1)
2. On their missionary journey to Iconium, Paul spoke in the synagogue "so that a great multitude of both Jew and Greeks believed." (Acts 14:1)
Note: This happened repeatedly on Paul's missionary journeys found in the book of Acts.
3. The gift of evangelism so effectively confronts
people that they eventually must decide for or against Christ.
D. Discipleship Follows Evangelism
1. Evangelistic ability desires to see continuous growth in each convert. ( I Timoth 4:6, 11, 16; Matthew 28:18-20 "teaching them to observer...."
Note: Babes in Christ should not be left to sink or swim. A church training program needs to guide new converts in understanding their faith, growing in grace, and launching out in witness.
III. How Widespread is the Gift of Evangelism?
Note: Campus Crusade estimates it takes 1,000 layment and 6 pastors one year to win one person to Christ. Since the gospel is to go to every person, the Lord must have given the gift to large numbers of believers.
A. The gift is not restricted to the pastor, or professional.
1. Phiip is the only one in the Bible called
an evangelist. (Acts 21:8)
B. City wide evangelism reaches the masses, but misses the multitudes.
1. The Early Church evangelized in the open
air, on highways, in houses, by rivers, in jails, etc. (Luke
14:23; Acts 5:42)
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