KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11 ” Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,pastors and teachers;”
The next ministerial gift or office to consider is the EVANGELIST. Every Christian is called to be an evangelist. We are all commissioned by the Lord to go to all the world and make. Disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19&20)
In spite of the fact that we are all to do the work of an evangelist, God through His special grace appoints certain individuals, either male or females to be evangelists.
The evangelist is a proclaimer of the gospel. This is the main reason for his or her calling. His message is about the love and forgiveness of God, and calls on men to accept His salvation.There are some evangelist who are revivalists for the body of Christ although their prime calling is to call men unto salvation
An evangelist is a gift from God. No one goes to a bible school to become an evangelist, yet through one’s dedication to God in prayer and holiness, the Holy Spirit may appoint an individual to become an evangelist. It is by divine appointment for God normally confirms this calling with certain unique gifts of the Holy Ghost. The power gifts, which comprises, gift of faith, gift of working of miracles and the gifts of healing are the gifts of the Spirit that is seen in the ministry of an evangelist. Other gifts like the word of knowledge and the gift of discerning of spirits can also manifest in an evangelist. Please note; the Holy Spirit may choose to manifest these gifts yet one’s dedication to God in prayer, fasting and holiness is very paramount in allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest these gifts. Miracle signs and wonders has a special role in publicizing the gospel. Evangelist T L Osborn could not convince the Indians to accept the gospel when he went there as a missionary because there was no miraculous signs to proof the authenticity of his message. He later encountered the resurrected Lord Jesus, through fasting and prayer and the miracles started. Multitudes now started going to his meetings.
The Lord may call you into the office of an evangelist,yet it would be up to you to wait on the Lord in prayer and fasting to activate the power in you. .
Heavenly Father may you stir up the hearts of your children, to arise in power of the Spirit with signs and wonders following as they share the message about the Love of God.
2 Timothy 4:5 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry”..Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.