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True Fellowship will Provide Motivation to Evangelism
Ephesians 4:11–12 — And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; Another gift that God gives to the church is the gift of evangelist(s), as we can see in the text above. There are those who believe that the purpose of the gifts mentioned in this text is to equip the saints, to do the works of service and to build up the body. By this understanding, the congregation sits back and those gifted to lead, teach and evangelize do all the work. We do not share this view of the passage! It seems more natural to understand that God has given these gifts to the church to equip the members to do works of service, in the doing of which they and the church will be built up in their faith. The work of the apostles and prophets was to supply us with the Scriptures (Ephesians 2:20), which they completed. The work of evangelists continues, however. It consists in announcing the Gospel, in establishing churches and, from our understanding of the text, in equipping the saints to serve the Lord in evangelism. Every true believer is to be active in spreading the faith, testifying to the Lord Jesus Christ and His salvation, and seeking to lead others to Him. But some individuals are particularly gifted to serve in that capacity in the church, and to help others in the church to do so more, and better. Do you know anyone in your fellowship who is specially gifted in announcing the Gospel? They seem to have a talent for getting alongside people and effortlessly turning the conversation to Jesus and the need for faith in Him. As you look around your fellowship and see those who have been brought to Christ, you can trace the salvation of many of them to the work of these individuals, whose ministry has been particularly used by God. Perhaps this is your gift? Are you using it as fully as you might? Are you not only declaring the Gospel yourself, but equipping those in the church to do so too? It is very exciting to be in a church where the people are equipped to evangelize, and the Lord opens the door to them for effective service so that several are reached and converted. There is a new zeal and urgency, a new earnestness in prayer and a new expectancy when the Gospel is proclaimed. And this will all stem from being together for true fellowship in a church where the Lord has provided the gift of an evangelist, and this gift is being fully used.

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