The Spiritual Gift of Evangelism Defined
to be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel
Servant #1: He was a Senior Pastor with gift of evangelism. Almost everything done in church was through grid of outreach. Bible classes primarily focused on how to witness. He wanted the worship service and small groups to be geared to seekers. He expected that everyone should have as much passion toward reaching the lost as he did. When they didn’t, he worked even harder at motivating people toward outreach.
Servant #2: She worked with youth, in nursing homes, and in her community all with the hopes of having opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those who didn’t know Him. She was always sensitive to the fact that there might be unbelievers in her midst.
Wherever they are, people with the gift of evangelism seem to have their spiritual radar up, eager to tell people about Jesus.
Lesson to be learned:
People tend to have more passion and invest more time into areas for which they are gifted. We need to guard against projecting our gifts onto others who are not gifted like we are, expecting them to react the same way we do, to have the same passion and time commitment we do, to make it as much of a priority, or to do so with as much ease.
Yet, those who are not so gifted must guard against using their lack of gifting as an excuse to neglect their responsibilities as believers.
Though not everyone has the spiritual gift of evangelism, all believers are responsible and privileged to share Jesus with others. Timothy did not appear to have the gift of evangelism but the Apostle Paul told him to nonetheless “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5).
The same could be said for almost all of the gifts. For example … We are all to encourage one another, yet we do not all have the gift of exhortation. We are all to be kind and compassionate toward those in need, yet we do not all have the gift of mercy.
You might not be gifted in these ways but you are still to “do the work of an evangelist” … an encourager, a mercy-giver, etc. You just won’t tend to be as impassioned or spend as much time doing this kind of ministry as people who have those gifts. You might find a greater level of difficulty doing it. Sometimes you will simply need to step outside of your comfort zone through the power of the Lord.
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