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Clarifying Some Misunderstood Things About Evangelists

Outline by Brian A. Yeager

I. Introduction:

A. Preachers of the Gospel of Christ are also called evangelists (Acts 21:8).

1. Evangelists have a work [“occupation” (Strong’s # 2041)] to do (II Timothy 4:1-5).

a. An evangelist is worthy of wages (I Corinthians 9:6-14).

b. He does NOT work for money though (I Corinthians 4:11-12 and Philippians 4:10-18).

2. In short, more than a “job”, the work of an evangelist is to give his life to learning, teaching, and living the Gospel (I Timothy 4:12-16).

B. Recently, I have heard..

1. “Aren’t we all evangelists?” - NO (Ephesians 4:11).

2. “Can an evangelist really get involved in controlling things?” - To some degree – YES (I Timothy 1:3-7).

3. Thus, I find it necessary to Scripturally clarify some things...


II. Body: Know Them Which Labor Among You (I Thessalonians 5:12-13).

A. As we enter our study, we have to be careful to discern that there is a difference between an evangelist, Apostle, etc. (again; Ephesians 4:11).

1. Some Apostles were also evangelists or elders (II Timothy 1:11 and I Peter 1:1; I Peter 5:1).

2. That makes it hard sometimes to discern what Scriptures are about evangelist, and which are not. Be careful (II Timothy 2:14-18).

B. Evangelists have authority when it comes to teaching, setting things in order, etc. (Titus 1:5 and Titus 2:15).

1. However, evangelists do not just have free reign or high prestige that some want (I Corinthians 3:4-11 and I Corinthians 4:1-6).

2. Apostles were ambassadors for Christ (Ephesians 6:20), evangelists teach what they taught (I Corinthians 4:17 and II Timothy 2:2).

3. When “setting things in order” evangelists have no place to decide for congregations what is most expedient for the local saints...

a. A congregation can be told to take up a collection for truly needy saints (I Corinthians 16:1-2).

b. Yet, they have the choice locally in who to give those funds to (I Corinthians 16:3-4).

C. Evangelists may live in a certain location (again; Acts 21:8), but we are not limited to one location (Philippians 2:19-25 and I Thessalonians 3:1-2).

1. Evangelists may communicate with brethren and congregations even when not physically present (II Corinthians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:1, I Thessalonians 1:1, and II Thessalonians 1:1).

2. I am currently active in communicating with members of churches of Christ on six continents in this world (i.e. Perth, Australia ], India, Talca Chile, France, Africa, Idaho {USA], and many more). *Not saying these are faithful brethren (Matthew 7:15-20)!

3. A congregation can send an evangelist elsewhere for certain terms to do the work of an evangelist (Acts 13:1-3 and Acts 15:1-31) and come back to report (Acts 14:24-27). * It should be noted that an evangelist does have say in where he goes (I Corinthians 16:12).

D. An evangelist has taken on a work that puts his soul at greater jeopardy than others (James 3:1)

1. A faithful evangelist cares more for your soul than his own (cf. Romans 9:1-3).

2. It is too often a one-way love (II Corinthians 12:15).

3. Therefore, remember, the faithful evangelist isn’t doing “it” for himself (II Corinthians 4:15; cf. II Timothy 2:10).

III. Conclusion: Maybe with some of these clarifications on the work of an evangelist, you can help those who have faithfully chosen that life and appreciate the depth of such work (I Corinthians 16:15-18).


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