“The role of the evangelist is critical to the building up of the Body of Christ. And, regardless of what some may claim in our day, the need for evangelists will never end until Christ returns. The apostle, the prophet, the pastor, and the teacher all have differing callings, but every role is ordained of God and is critical to the building up of the church. As is clear from the life of Paul, an apostle is intended by God to have far-seeing vision both for the church and for a lost world. By contrast, those whom God calls to pastor and teach His flock must focus chiefly on those who are already among the redeemed. If the entire leadership of the Body is made up only of those genuinely called by God to be pastors (or elders) and teachers, the church’s vision to reach the lost will be far more circumscribed than God intends.
As Abraham called his servant Eliezer to go out and find a bride for his son, Isaac, so we evangelists are called to search out a Bride for Christ among those who are now far away from God’s Kingdom. Searching out gems for Jesus among multitudes of lost, contentious, unpromising, and even depraved souls is hard work, but it is work that is ordained by God! Consider again Jesus’ words in John 15:16, ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…’”
Copyright ©2008 Christopher N. White (Based on a message given on Friday, March 17, 2006 to the First National Congress of Evangelists in Bogotá, Colombia)
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