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Evangelists called by God

Eph. 4:11; Acts 13:1-5

Evangelists are faithful men and women who are gifts to the Church. The word ‘evangelist’ literally means ‘a messenger of the Gospel.’ Historically, the New Testament evangelist is identified with our modern missionary. By definition, their job was to carry the Gospel to the unevangelized lands.

Eusebius, a fourth century church historian, defined evangelists and described their ministry: ‘They performed the office of evangelist, being filled with the desire to preach Christ to those who had not yet heard the word of faith. …And when they had laid the foundations of the faith in foreign places, they appointed others as pastors… while they themselves went on again to other countries and nations.’

1. Called by God (Acts 13:1-2)

It is a singular call.

· It was not extended to every member of the church, but only to Paul and Barnabas.

· It was personally, individually discerned.

It is a definite call.

· Paul and Barnabas were to be set apart for ‘the work’ – a definite task.

· They were to leave their occupations and devote themselves to preaching the Gospel.

It is a sovereign call.

· The Holy Spirit said that He called Paul and Barnabas for this work.

· It is the Holy Spirit’s job to call qualified people to the work of world missions.

2. Commissioned by the Church (Acts 13:3)

It shows that the Church is God’s sending agency.

It demonstrates the Church’s confidence in the missionary candidate. The Holy Spirit calls a missionary, but it is the responsibility of the Church to confirm that call.

· The Church knows the candidate better than anyone else and can judge suitability.

· The same Spirit that calls evangelists into ministry also confirms that call to the Church (Acts 13:2).

It binds the Church and the missionary in a bond of common purpose.

· He is their representative, preaching the Gospel where the Church body cannot go.

· They remain behind to materially and spiritually support his/her ministry.

3. Carriers of the Gospel (Acts 13:4-5)

The missionary labours in the unevangelized regions (Acts 13:4).

The missionary’s primary responsibility is to preach (Acts 13:5).

· To present the Gospel to the lost and persuade them to believe in Christ for salvation.

· To instruct new converts in doctrine and principles of Christian living.

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

This ministry is to bring honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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