And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
[Ephesians 4:10-13 NKJV]
To be an evangelist means to preach the gospel, indeed the root of the expression is two words ‘good’ and ‘tidings’, the latter being why angels are named angels — they bring God’s message. The suggestion is that we must all be preachers, and 2nd Timothy appears to confirm this notion… But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. [2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV]
To whom is this verse referring? If we look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 4:1-2 we read that Paul says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
I must admit a degree of confusion in my understanding here. It appears that some are to be evangelists, i.e. preachers, and yet there is an expectation that all become evangelists. After puzzling over this for some time, I prayed last night and asked the Lord to unravel this knot in my understanding. This morning came this 'Seed of The Kingdom' from Ellel Ministries, written by Liz Griffin.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
That all of the ministries we have (whether five-fold, seven-fold, seen or unseen) are gifts from God, is readily understood, but what is perhaps less so is that 'preaching'; being evangelistic, is a gift that comes with growing into God's purpose. We are preaching His word, His message, by who we are in Him. But to some, He makes it their prime expression of Him.
A HOLY OCCUPATION: Oswald Chambers on Prayer
Prayer to us is not practical, it is stupid, and until we see that prayer is stupid, that is, stupid from the ordinary natural common sense point-of-view, we will never pray.
“It is absurd to think that God is going to alter things in answer to prayer.”
But that is what Jesus says He will do. It sounds stupid, but it is stupidity based on His redemption. The reason that our prayers are not answered is that we are not stupid enough to believe what Jesus says.
[from ‘So Send I You’]
Listen to this meditation by clicking on download file below:
“Sweet Peace, The Gift of God’s Love” — George Beverly Shea
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
[Ephesians 2:19-20 NKJV]