Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
This week’s spiritual gift is evangelism. The definition of evangelism is to be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel (Greek Word: euaggelistes - preacher of gospel; eu=well, angelos=message - messenger of good). The gift of evangelism is the gift of faith-sharing and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those we meet.
Consider the following:
Today’s scripture identifies several spiritual gifts, one being evangelism. Experts indicate that evangelism is primarily a one-to-one or small group experience, grounded in building relationships with others and inviting them to make a decision for Christ. Gifted evangelists do not force their faith on others, but offer relationship with God as a gift, and are ready to tell the story of God and Christ in their own lives.
Some ministries’ main focus is evangelism. For example, prison ministry should have a focus of evangelism. As D. T. Niles wrote, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread,” and as scripture reads, “I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance” (Luke 15:7). Individuals who have been put behind bars wrongly or justly, need to hear the Good News from a good heart. As Jesus did not come to condemn the world and neither shall we. Similar to prison ministry, church growth should be approached with the same attitude. When the church focuses on church growth, it enables the church to effectively continue to evangelize the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved and unchurched. Thus, churches must teach how to appropriately evangelize because God’s reputation is on the line.
Evangelism is a spiritual gift because some people have more of an ability to offer relationship with Christ than others. However, know that it is all of our responsibilities to model Christ in our interactions. As Romans 10:15 (NLT) reads, And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”