Offices of the Holy Spirit 4
The Evangelist

by Pastor John Hamel


“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, pastors and teachers;” (Ephesians 4:11)


We will now briefly study the office of the Evangelist.  The greatest Gift God has given to the lost people of the world is the New Birth. (John 3:16,17)  He normally gives it to them through the office of the Evangelist.  Lay people can and should tell others about Jesus.  However, the Evangelist is used mightily of God to lead people to Christ en masse.


The Greek word for Evangelist is “euaggelistes.”  It means, “One who brings the Good News.  A bringer of good tidings.”


Evangelists do not have a message for the Born Again Church.  Teachers have a message for the Born Again Church.  Evangelists proclaim redemption to the lost people of the world.  Teachers explain the benefits of redemption to the saved people within the Church.


Philip is the consummate New Testament Evangelist.  In Acts chapter twenty-one and verse 8, he is called an Evangelist.  You can read that in your own time later.  Right now we’ll look at Philip in Evangelistic action. 


“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.” (Acts 8:5-7)


Notice that Philip “went down” (verse 5) to Samaria.  Evangelists travel a lot.  This is because you can only reap souls in one place for so long.  Once the majority of the lost people in an area accept Christ, the Evangelist must move on to another area.


Notice also that Philip “preached Christ.” (verse 5)  This is what all Evangelists are to do.  They preach simple messages about Christ the Savior, Deliverer, Healer and soon coming King.  They never change their message.  They stick with the virgin birth, sinless life, miracle Ministry, vicarious death, burial, resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus.  This is the heart and soul of the Evangelist’s Ministry.  He or she will preach Christ non-stop and expect souls to be saved.


Miracles, signs, wonders, deliverances and healings occur in the Evangelist’s Ministry. (Verses 6, 13)  Philip operated in the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles and Gifts of Healings.  There is no better way to draw attention to Jesus than through healings and miracles.  This is why healings and miracles are called “The dinner bell to Salvation.”


One of the world’s most recognized and beloved “Evangelists” is not an Evangelist at all.  He does not have the signs and wonders that go with the Evangelist’s office.  Miracles must accompany this office.  The blessed Brother and Mentor I refer to is an Exhorter and a powerful one at that. (Romans 12:8)  He has led multiple millions to Jesus in the past 60 years, but leading souls to Jesus is not the only qualification of an Evangelist’s office. 


Miracles and healings must occur to be a New Testament Evangelist after the order of Philip.  Philip started out as a Deacon and was promoted to the consummate Evangelist through faithfulness. (Psalm 75:6,7)


The New Testament Evangelist is humble and dependent upon the other Ministry offices.  Above all the other offices, the Evangelist needs to recognize the difference between boldness and arrogance.  Standing also in the office of the Evangelist, I am qualified to say this.  Miracles and healings following the Evangelist tend to cause people to “worship” them in place of Jesus. 


Evangelists are wrong to receive the praise of man.  All praise belongs to Jesus.  Miracles and healings do not confirm the Evangelist.  Miracles and healings confirm God’s Word properly preached and believed! 


There is nothing more sickening, if I may, than an Evangelist who is supposed to be operating in humility and mercy operating in braggadocio.


“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” (Proverbs 25:27)


Here Solomon reminds us that eating too much honey has a sickening effect on the human body. In the same thought he reminds us that human pride is equally as sickening to all who are in it's presence. Obnoxious, self-gratifying behavior and greed could ultimately cost any Minister their anointing, call and even their life. (Proverbs 13:3; 16:18)  Evangelists in particular, because of their miraculous Ministries, need to beware.


“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)


Evangelists must always remain sensitive when preaching for Pastors or other Ministry leaders.  They must always remember that they are guests wherever they are and that they must behave with dignity.  I once had an Evangelist hold services for me over a one-week period.  I was shocked by his lack of dignity and respect for my position as the Pastor.  For the entire week my wife and I tolerated bragging, pride and insensitivity to the needs of others. 


When this man and his family left my home, it looked like a pigpen.  Not once did they make any effort to clean up after themselves.  It was a week of signs and wonders indeed.  Signs of a slob which left us wondering if this man was even going to make it in Ministry.  One thing was for sure, we would not invite him back.


My wife and I have spent over twenty-five years pastoring churches, experiencing firsthand what Pastors suffer and endure for the sake of their sheep.  We have nothing but respect and admiration for the Pastor of even the smallest Church.  This should be the heart’s attitude of all Evangelists.  


Possibly, the best way for an Evangelist to learn how to work with a Pastor is to become one for two or three years. That will knock the brag out of anyone!


If you are called as an Evangelist, it will start off as a smoldering but will ultimately burn like a fire in your bones. (Jeremiah 20:9)  If that's you, start preparing a sermon inventory now.  You're going to be needing it. This website is designed to help you to do just that.  Go to our tuition-free JHM Online Bible Training Centre. Click on "Soulwinning & Evangelism" at the Curriculum Guide listing. There you will find enough evangelistic preaching material to last you until Jesus comes!


Remember, Jesus was the consummate Evangelist.  He never sold out to pride, pretense, position, prejudice or politics. 


The true, modern day Evangelist is sold out only to the most important job in the world - preaching salvation in Christ with excellence.


Start praying for the lost to be saved through your ministry now. (Matthew 9:35-37)  


Doors will then begin to open for you. (Colossians 4:3)


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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