The Ministry Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (5)
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 4:5 – But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Bible Passage: Acts 8:1-16
THE third ministry gift is evangelism. Evangelists are carriers and publishers of the good news and glad tidings of the gospel. They carry the news far and wide, near and far, night and day to the outermost part of the earth. We shall now take a deeper look at this ministry; Eph.4: 11; Acts 21:8; Acts 8:4, 40.
All believers are duty bound to carry and publish the good news of the gospel not just by word of mouth, but also by every available medium and at every opportunity. We should always remember who we are and whose we are. So, we should all do the work of an evangelist. Though the assignment is for all believers, however, some are specially endowed with this ministry gift and are specifically called. God usually works in extraordinary ways through them in winning souls. God Himself is an evangelist. Jesus Christ, Paul, Timothy and the writers of the four synoptic gospels are good examples. Phillip had the ministry gift of an evangelist. Gal.3: 8; Lk.20: 1; Rom.1: 15; 2 Tim.4: 5; Acts 8:4.
Phillip was one of the seven deacons chosen by the church at Jerusalem. His life can be safely used to design an eternal template for the conduct of an evangelist. The apostles heard about his work and sent Peter and John to help him. Phillip preached with power. He was the first to preach to the Gentiles in Samaria. The eunuch of Ethiopia was converted on the way to Gaza through him and he preached also in Azotus through all the cities to Caesarea. He had a good understanding of the word. He accommodated Apostle Paul about 19 years later at Caesarea. His ministry was confirmed with signs and wonders. Acts 6:2-5; Acts 8:5-12, 26-39, 40; Acts 21:8.
The evangelist is an itinerant preacher, who does not have the apostolic calling or authority. Ideally, the evangelist needs support to teach and nurture the new souls won. Sometimes, the new souls are asked to simply look for a local church. This might not be good enough. Tender plants need the right diet and care. They should be followed up. You can help in Jesus’ name.