This week we’ve been studying evangelism.
We talked about the meaning of the word on Monday and then on Tuesday discussed the Message we take when we evangelize (the Gospel). And if we take the Gospel, that makes us…?
An “Evangelist” is from the Greek word “euangelistace,” which means “teller of good news.” That brings it all full-circle, doesn’t it?
The Gospel is the Good News, evangelism is the life of telling the Good News, and an evangelist is the one who lives the life of telling the Good News. In other words, EvangelISM is Good News, Delivered; an EvangelIST is a Good News, Deliverer.
And lest you think an “evangelist” is just the handsome guy who stands on the stage every Sunday and preaches for 20 minutes (or longer!), remember what Jesus said:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The Apostles were Jesus’ first evangelists. They taught the Gospel and delivered it to people. Those people then obeyed it and taught it to others, and so on. You are a Christian because someone evangelized to you, and it wasn’t necessarily a formal “pulpit preacher.” It could have been a friend, a spouse, even a child. We are all supposed to be deliverers of the Gospel; we are all supposed to be evangelists!