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Making It Plain: “Evangelist” = One that proclaims the good news of Christ

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SIH TOTT ICONThe term “evangelist”  is used 3 times in the NT of the  KJV Bible…

All  three times it is used, it is translated from the Greek word, “euaggelistes”…
1. A close relative of this word is “euaggelion” which means  “the gospel (good news) of Christ”
2. Therefore “euaggelistes” means “one that declares, proclaims or hands over, the gospel of Christ”

The idea is this…
1. The gospel message (Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and the witnesses of His resurrection – 1 Cor 15:1-8 ) is the message that will secure salvation from the penalty, power, and presence of sin (Rom 1:16).
2. This same gospel message is to be proclaimed to the world, thereby giving the world access to this wonderful salvation through faith. (Mark 16:15)
3. An “evangelist” is one that fulfills this calling of the Lord to proclaim the gospel. This can be understood in two different ways:

a. In a general sense, anyone who shares the gospel with lost mankind can be described as an “evangelist”…
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an EVANGELIST, make full proof of thy ministry.”  (2 Timothy 4:5)
Here, Paul is speaking to Timothy, who held the office of Pastor, to proclaim the gospel to the lost as a part of the responsibilities of being a Pastor. Although Timothy did not hold the office of evangelist, he was encouraged to “do the work of an evangelist”.

b.  In a strict sense, there are men who are called specifically to the office of evangelist….
“And the next [day] we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the EVANGELIST, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.”  (Acts 21:8)

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”  (Ephesians 4:11-12)
In today’s time the “missionary” is the common title that we give to the men who are specifically called to this office.  They go into an area that does not have access to the gospel message and they go specifically to proclaim the gospel, win souls for Christ and help them to form local assemblies.

Please note…another type of “evangelist” that we see in existence today is a minister of the Word that speaks at various churches holding special meetings that reach out to the lost of the community.  Since this type of ministry is not found in the New Testament, there is some debate about whether these men actually hold the office of evangelist or whether they are evangelists in the general sense.


9 Comments

  1. My prayer is that we would ACTIVATE the ministry gifts in our heart and not allow them to lay dormant. I count it JOY to tell someone that Jesus loves them and His salvation is for all to receive. You don’t have to get “spiritually weird” about it, just listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when you are talking to someone will open the door to share your faith. Remember…Jesus is a gentleman and so we should be gentle when presenting His gift of salvation to others. Blessings!

  2. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes, let’s make it plain. Words well spoken. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I believe that while not all blood-bought, adopted children of the living God have the GIFT of evangelism, we are all called to do the work of an evangelist. We are all called to ‘preach the Gospel’ and to so live that others will see Christ in us and be drawn to Him.

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