YOU ARE AN EVANGELIST
SELECTED READING: 1 Corinthians 9:16
“For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am compelled to preach—and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself has commanded us to witness. Consider His authority in the following:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15)
“[He] said to them . . . that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.’” (Luke 24:46–47)
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’” (John 20:21)
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Some Christians believe that evangelism is a gift and the responsibility only of those with that gift. They appeal to Ephesians 4:11–12 for support: “He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
God does gift some for ministry as evangelists, but He calls all believers to be His witnesses and provides them with both the power to witness and a powerful message.
Thus, while God calls every believer to be a witness, He calls only a few witnesses to the vocational ministry of an evangelist. Just as each Christian, regardless of spiritual gift or ministry is to love others, so each believer is to evangelize whether or not his or her gift is that of evangelist.
So that makes you an evangelist. That means you have the responsibility to tell others that are in your domains about Christ . . . family, friends, or people you meet at social activities, work, neighborhood, school, etc. Your job is to share Christ with your world! You are an evangelist.
Make a list of the people in your life that need Christ or you are unsure of their spiritual condition. Jot them down on this page and start praying for them. God could use you to bring them to faith in Christ. After all, you are an evangelist.
PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR:
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray that our church would, as a whole, be busy inviting people to church and telling others about Jesus.
Pray that God would give you a heart for people far from God and use you to bring someone to Christ.