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Friday, October 2, 2020

It's Okay Not to Be an Evangelist


Evangelism involves spreading the Gospel by personal witness. It is most effective when the witness is mature in the Faith and the message is succinctly and graciously delivered.

Some Christians seem to be called to the work of evangelism. It is not the work of every Christian if we consider Ephesians 4:10-11. "He who descended is the very One who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all thigs. And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists... to equip the saints for works of ministry and to build up the body of Christ."

Some Christians are called to this work. Dr. Billy Graham was one of them. His life demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his God-given calling. He said: "My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which I believe comes through knowing Christ."

The New Testament refers to Philip as an evangelist in Acts 21:8 and Paul told Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist” in 2 Timothy 4:5.

We should not assume that every Christian is to do the work of evangelism. It is a ministry that requires unique appointment by the Holy Spirit.

That said, every Christian is to mature in the Faith so that they may always "be ready to give to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear..." (1 Peter 3:15) Some call this witnessing. The opportunity to witness will present itself to every Christian at some time in their life.

That is why discipleship involves learning, discipline, obedience, discernment and courage.

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