READ: Fulfill Your Ministry- Part 4 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay




Anchor text:
2 Timothy 4:5
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


INTRODUCTION

It is demanded that we stay focused on that which we have been called to do, and not be found wading into every matter. Some are doing all but the very work of the ministry they have received. But we all shall be judged!


DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST

The third instruction of Paul to Timothy the servant of God, which also applies to us is, “do the work of an evangelist”.

I have heard some believers say, “Well, I am not an evangelist by calling, so my assignment is not really to go out and preach.”

This statement is clearly unfounded in the scriptures. The command, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”, does not exempt any of the ministry gifts (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) neither it does not exclude any child of God.

The Lord commanded everyone who believes in Him as Lord to preach the gospel. This is primarily the work of every child of God—who might also be called into any of the ministry gifts in due time.


AN EVANGELIST

What then is the work of an evangelist? First, we must know who an evangelist is. The word ‘evangelist’ is the Greek word ‘euaggelistes’ (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace’), and it means a bringer of good tidings; it is the name given to the New Testament heralds of salvation through Christ who are not necessarily apostles.

An evangelist is a preacher of the gospel of Christ. The good tidings/news an evangelist brings is Christ. The gospel of Christ is the good news of/about Jesus. So, anyone who preaches the gospel of Christ is doing the work of an evangelist, whether he is ordained as one or not.

The function or duty of an evangelist, which is the preaching of the gospel of Christ, is what makes an evangelist, and not because he bears the title. If you are not preaching the gospel of Christ, even if you were ordained as an evangelist, you are not one yet.

What makes an evangelist is that he carries out the function of the office, which is the preaching of the gospel of Christ. In fact, what makes any minister of God is that he preaches the gospel of Christ (His death and resurrection).


A COMMENTARY

Adam Clarke Bible Commentary says, “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. Behold, I evangelize unto you great joy, which shall be to all people; to you is born a Savior.

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 labors; they do a part of the work, but not the whole.”


IT'S ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS

So it is clear what "do the work of an evangelist" is. It is not going about heaping condemnation on the heads of men, but bringing the good news of Christ's death and resurrection from the dead, which has paved the way for every man to be saved if they believe. This is the work of an evangelist, and generally, every child of God is to take this up. All the instructions Paul gave to Timothy are applicable to us today, and they are the pathway to fulfilling our ministry.

We must watch in all things—that is be alert, sober, attentive, cool, calm and collected in spirit, and discreet. We must not be entangled with everything, as a good soldier of Christ endures hardship and focuses on that which he has been commanded to do.

We must be swift in telling men what Jesus has done for them, and how they can receive the gift of eternal life through faith in Him. We must be careful not to dissuade men from accepting the gospel we preach through condemnation; for God is not in the business of condemnation but of reconciliation, and that is what He has sent us to do—to reconcile men to Him through the gospel of Christ.

The grace of the Lord be with your spirit. Amen.

Say this…
I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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