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One who proclaims good news, either by preaching or writing.  There were originally evangelists or preachers who, without being fixed to any church, preached wherever they were led by the Holy Spirit, like some missionaries in our own day, Eph 4:11.  Such was Philip, Ac 21:8.  Timothy also is exhorted to "do the work of an evangelist," because they were the writers of the four gospels, which bring to all men the glad tidings of eternal salvation.

2. Evangelist

a "publisher of glad tidings;" a missionary preacher of the gospel (Eph. 4:11). This title is applied to Philip (Acts 21:8), who appears to have gone from city to city preaching the word (8:4, 40). Judging from the case of Philip, evangelists had neither the authority of an apostle, nor the gift of prophecy, nor the responsibility of pastoral supervision over a portion of the flock. They were itinerant preachers, having it as their special function to carry the gospel to places where it was previously unknown. The writers of the four Gospels are known as the Evangelists.

3. Evangelist 

(publisher of glad tidings). In the New Testament the "evangelists" appear on the one hand after the "apostles" and "prophets;" on the other before the "pastors" and "teachers." They probably stood between the two.

  Ac 21:8; Eph 4:11

 The work of the evangelist is the proclamation of the glad tidings to those who have not known them, rather than the instruction and pastoral care of those who have believed and been baptized. It follows also that the name denotes a work rather than an order. Its use is nearly like our word missionary. The evangelist might or might not be a bishop-elder or a deacon. The apostles, so far as they evangelized,

  Ac 8:25; 14:7; 1Co 1:17

 might claim the title, though there were many evangelists who were not apostles. If the gospel were a written book, and the office of the evangelists was to read or distribute it, then the writers of such books were pre-eminently THE evangelists. In later liturgical language the word was applied to the reader of the gospel for the day.

4. Evangelist eôö-van´jel-ist: This is a form of the word ordinarily translated “gospel”
åšáããÝëéïí, euaggeñlion
), except that here it designates one who announces
that gospel to others (
åšáããåëéóôÞò, euaggelisteôñs, “a bringer of good
tidings”), literally, God Himself is an evangelist, for He “preached the gospel
beforehand unto Abraham” (Gal 3:8); Jesus Christ was an evangelist, for He also
“preached the gospel” (Lk 20:1); Paul was an evangelist as well as an apostle

(Rom 1:15); Philip the deacon was an evangelist (Acts 21:8); and Timothy, the
pastor (2 Tim 4:5); and indeed all the early disciples who, on being driven out of
Jerusalem, “went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4 the King James
Version).  But Eph 4:11 teaches that one particular order of the ministry, distinguished
from every other, is singled out by the Head of the church for this work in a
distinctive sense. All may possess the gift of an evangelist in a measure, and be
obligated to exercise its privilege and duty, but some are specially endued with it.
“He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and
some, pastors and teachers.”

It will be seen that as an order in the ministry, the evangelist precedes that of
the pastor and teacher, a fact which harmonizes with the character of the work
each is still recognized as doing. The evangelist has no fixed place of residence,
but moves about in different localities, preaching the gospel to those ignorant of
it before. As these are converted and united to Jesus Christ by faith, the work of
the pastor and teacher begins, to instruct them further in the things of Christ and
build them up in the faith.

At a later time, the name of “evangelist” was given the writers of the four
Gospels because they tell the story of the gospel and because the effect of their
promulgation at the beginning was very much like the work of the preaching
evangelist. In character, the Gospels bear something of the same relation to the
Epistles as evangelists bear to pastors and teachers.

EvANGELISM (Explaining, Gospel, Sharing)


How should the gospel be presented?

BIBLE READING: Matthew 13:1-23

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:8, niv)

The gospel message cannot be reduced to a simple formula. This parable should encourage spiritual “sowers”—those who teach, preach, and lead others. The farmer sowed good seed, but not all the seed sprouted, and even the plants that grew had varying yields. Don’t be discouraged if you do not always see results as you faithfully teach the Word. Belief cannot be forced to follow a mathematical formula (i.e., a 4:1 ratio of seeds planted to seeds sprouted). Rather, it is a miracle of God’s Holy Spirit as he uses your words to lead others to him.

The gospel message must be given to create some response. The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting worries, and some are receptive. How has God’s Word taken root in your life? What kind of soil are you?

BIBLE READING: John 4:1-26

KEY BIBLE VERSE: The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15, niv)

Sometimes results of evangelism take time and patience. The woman mistakenly believed that if she received the water Jesus offered, she would not have to return to the well each day. She was interested in Jesus’ message because she thought it could make her life easier. But if that were always the case, people would accept Christ’s message for the wrong reasons. Christ did not come to take away challenges, but to change us on the inside and to empower us to deal with problems from God’s perspective.

This woman did not immediately understand what Jesus was talking about. It takes time to accept something that changes the very foundations of your life. Jesus allowed the woman time to ask questions and put pieces together for herself. Sharing the gospel will not always have immediate results. When you ask people to let Jesus change their lives, give them time to weigh the matter.



How can Christians be involved in evangelism?

BIBLE READING: Matthew 9:35-38

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38, niv)

Christians should be personally responsible to pass on the gospel. Jesus needs workers who know how to deal with people’s problems. We can comfort others and show them the way to live because we have been helped with our problems by God and his laborers (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).

Jesus looked at the crowds following him and referred to them as a field ripe for harvest. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would show them how. Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to this need for workers. Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us. Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to him.

BIBLE READING: Matthew 28:16-20

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20, niv)

Jesus commanded his followers to carry out evangelism. God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the kingdom.

Evangelism is worldwide work. When someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction: they were under his authority; they were to make more disciples; they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ; Christ would be with them always. Whereas in previous missions Jesus had sent his disciples only to the Jews (Matthew 10:5-6), their mission from now on would be worldwide. Jesus is Lord of the earth, and he died for the sins of people from all nations.

Evangelism is for all Christians. We are to go—whether it is next door or to another country—and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord.” We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the Great Commission. As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.


And some, evangelists. Such as Philip (Ac 8:4-12; 21:8), Timothy [2Ti 4:2], Titus [Tit 2:1,15], etc. This office is to preach the gospel, and will be necessary as long as the church continues on earth. As this office did not require extraordinary gifts, it is permanent.

Do the work of an evangelist  That is: Preach Christ crucified for the sins of the whole world; for this, and this alone, is doing the work of an evangelist, or preacher of the glad tidings of peace and salvation by Christ.  An angel from God was first sent to do the work of an evangelist, and how did he do it? Behold, said he, I bring you good tidings of great joy; idou gar, euaggelizomai umin caran megalhn, htiv estai panti tw law. Behold, I evangelize unto you great joy, which shall be to all people; to you is born a Saviour.  Those who do not proclaim Christ as having tasted death for every man, and who do not implicitly show that every human soul may be saved, do not perform the work of evangelists; they, God help them! limit the Holy One of Israel.  Yet, as far as they preach the truth in sincerity, so far God acknowledges and blesses them and their labours; they do a part of the work, but not the whole.

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