Evangelism ‘vs’ The Ministry of the Evangelist
What is Evangelism?
The ministry of the Body of Christ is to make sure every sinner we have contact with gets to hear the Gospel. Whether they are friends, family or strangers. God’s church needs to stop saying evangelism is not my ministry. If you have been born again, and become His disciple, then you have the power of an endless life in you, and the ministry of Reconciliation.
If you are His disciple, then you have received THE ministry of Reconciliation. You are God’s ambassador, and He will cry out to every sinner through you. It’s time for the Church to wake up to what our purpose as a God’s Church is. It’s not God’s will for anyone to wind up in Hell.
Jesus did NOT come to condemn anyone. He came to save as many as will turn to Him. It is His will that all may be saved. And He wants you and I to reach the lost at any cost.
Evangelism is all about getting the Gospel to a sinner
- Whether that’s sneaking outside in the middle of the night with camouflage gear on and slipping a Gospel track into our neighbors letterbox
- Handing out tracks as we go about our day
- Sharing with friends or neighbors
- Preaching on the streets
- Handing out tracks on the Streets
- Going door knocking
- Supporting missionaries or saints who are willing to evangelize full or part time.
Unless you give sinners the Gospel, either spoken or written, then you haven’t evangelized. Doing good works like helping someone by mowing their lawns or providing a meal, are all good things to do, but unless you get the gospel to them, then you haven’t evangelized.
We are followers of Jesus. He was the servant of all. Ask yourself this, how many times did He mow a lawn or do the dishes after having a meal with someone? His whole life and ministry was to proclaim the good news. That sinners can be saved, and saints can be sanctified to do the works that He prepared for us before the foundation of the world.
I find it interesting that all twelve disciples had different ministries. But only one was called an evangelist (Philip).
Yet 11 of the 12 Apostles were martyred for preaching the Gospel outside of their churches. And John was thrown into prison for the rest of his life on the island of Patmos for doing the same. While there he wrote the book of Revelation.
The Key Function of the Church
The key function of the Church as a whole, is to reach the lost before they die in their sin. Everything thing else we can do on earth, we can also do in heaven. Like praise and worship etc. Which is why everything we do on earth should revolve around evangelism. Even the work of sanctification is to empower us to reach the lost and glorify God, and secure our rewards in the millennial Kingdom.
The Ministry of the Evangelist
The Ministry of the Evangelist is not going out on the streets to evangelize, which they will do, but it’s a ministry within the Church to equip the saints to evangelize.
When it comes to the question of evangelism, most believers think, ‘it’s not my ministry’. The reason for this is the common thinking is that ‘I am not an Evangelist, therefore I don’t need to evangelize, thats the ministry for Evangelists. It’s important for us to understand that going out and doing evangelism doesn’t make us evangelists. It makes us saints doing the work of ministry. It’s what all disciples have been commissioned to do.
The first thing we need to do after salvation is answer Jesus call to every believer to become His disciple. He said to His followers, unless you love the Lord your God so much, that in comparison to how much you love Him, it appears that you hate everything & everyone else , or YOU CANNOT be My disciple (my paraphrase of Luke 14: 26-27)
The ministry of the evangelist is within the Church. It’s part of the five fold ministry to equip the saints to evangelize. While the five fold ministers have different ministries, they should all still be involved in evangelism with the rest of the saints. It’s only when we see the Five Fold Ministry operating in unity that we will see the Church mature. If one or more of the Five Fold Ministry is not actively in operation within the Church, we will all be dysfunctional.
Ephesians 4:11-16 NASB
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,  for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;  but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,  from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.