LESSON TWENTY Sunday, 17th January 2016
THE MINISTRY OF THE EVANGELIST
MEMORY VERSE: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make fulf proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 8:4-13
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies and that were lame, were healed
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest, saying This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and wondered beholding the miracles and signs which were done
INTRODUCTION: The Greek word “euangelistes” translated evangelist means one who announces or spreads the good news of God’s kingdom. Evangelislists are mobile ministers (Acts 21 :8). They carry the gospel to places where it was not known before (Acts 8:4,40).
1. SOME ARE CALLED AND GIFTED TO BE EVANGELISTS
2. PHILIP – THE PATTERN OF AN EVANGELIST
SOME ARE CALLED AND GIFTED TO BE EVANGELISTS
The assignment of preaching the gospel is for all believers (Mark 16:15). All believers must do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5). In fact, many of the apostles work as evangelists (Acts 8:4) but some are specially endowed with the ministry gift and are called to be evangelists. God Himself is an evangelist. Jesus Christ, Paul, Timothy and the writers of the four synoptic gospels are also examples. Phillips had the ministry gift of an evangelist.
PHILIP – THE PATTERN OF AN EVANGELIST
Phillip was one of the seven deacons chosen by the church at Jerusalem (Acts 6:2-5). His life is an example of someone called to be an evangelist. The apostles heard of his work and sent Peter and John to come and help him (Acts 8:5-14). Phillips moved from place to place preaching with power. He was the first to preach to the Gentiles in Samaria. The eunuch of Ethiopia was converted on the way to Gaza through him (Acts 8:26-39) and he preached also in Azotus through all the cities to Caesarea (Acts 8:40). He had a good understanding of the word (Acts 8:35). He accommodated Apostle Paul about nineteen years later at Caesarea (Acts 21 :8). His ministry was confirmed with signs and wonders (Acts 8: 13).
The evangelist is an itinerant preacher who does not have the apostolic calling or authority.
1. The preaching of the gospel is not reserved for the evangelist alone. Explain.
2. Phillip, the evangelist could be called the forerunner of Paul the apostle. Explain.
Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit
o MONDAY: Acts 6:3 – God is still in need of the faithful ones who are full of the Holy Spirit to appoint over His business.
o TUESDAY: Isaiah 2:2·4 – The ministry of proclaiming the peace of God coming upon the nations is the duty of the evangelist.
o WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 52:7 – God has blessed the feet of everyone who goes about preaching the good news. Join them.
o THURSDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:16 – The believer who does not preach the gospel will have a case to answer with God on the day of judgement.
o FRIDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:18 – The gospel is not means for personal enrichment in material things or else the grace of the benefits of preaching becomes abused.
o SATURDAY: Galatians 1:8·9 – There is no other gospel of salvation other than the truth preached in Christ Jesus.
o SUNDAY: Hebrews 4:2 – The gospel of Christ is profitable to everyone who receives it by faith.