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Christians Are Evangelists


Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He then leaves the sought and saved in the world to continue that work. Christians are not all evangelists vocationally, but we are all evangelists in the 1 Peter 3:15 sense. A desire for the salvation of others is both a mark and the duty of every believer.

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Christians are those who believe the gospel. Whether it is by a parent in the home, a minister in the church, or a friend in private conversation, we must be evangelized to be saved by Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, according to the four Gospels of the New Testament, the Christian faith is designed to be shared with others. The evangel is evangelistic! A true Christian church is not only evangelical, in that it holds to the Biblical gospel, but it is evangelistic—it zealously spreads and shares that gospel. This means that to be a Christian is to be called as an evangelist.

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All Christians are called to evangelism. Jesus the Evangelist is our model. If we want to experience the power of God in our gospel witness, we must follow biblical principles of evangelism; we must present the true gospel in clear, scriptural terms; and we must follow Jesus’ example in the practice of evangelizing actual people. Let us seek God’s blessing for the salvation of many by preparing ourselves to be faithful witnesses to the gospel of God’s grace.

—Richard D. Phillips, Jesus the Evangelist (Reformation Trust Publishing, 2007), 1, 4.



Posted 2008·04·02 by David Kjos
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#1 || 08·04·02··08:51 || donsands

Good words. Yet, there are "Evangelists" as leaders in the Church as well. Jesus gave gifts of pastor/teachers & some evangelists, some prophets, some apostles.

I surely love to share Christ, live Christ, and love Christ, but I'm not much of an evangelist. I am more to encourage the saints of the Lord in the Word and grace.

Unbelievers are another story for me. I know there were times when I used to go door to door each week in my local church's neighborhood, and would speak the truth in love with people, that I would have "food you know not of". But I never saw one person come to church, nor to Christ.

I believe God gifts His Church, and we surely all need to share the Gospel, however, won't a genuine evangelist see people saved: People such as: George Whitefield, Moody, Billy Graham, Hudson taylor, etc, these were all very effective for the Lord.


#2 || 08·04·02··09:19 || David

Certainly, some are more gifted in evangelism than others. But I wouldn't be too quick to judge the effort by the visible measure of success. Most of those who hear the Gospel will not believe it, so we must expect more "failure" than success. Also, you may never see the fruit of your witness to someone. There are many people who preached the Gospel to me who don't know of the contribution they made to my conversion.


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