(see yesterday’s blog…) We cannot use ministry for selfish gains. According to 1 Timothy 6:6, “… godliness with contentment is great gain.” Remember, when you start longing for material things they begin to possess you.
When you are striving for possessions, you will be tempted to use ministry as a means to get them. If you are an evangelist and move in the power gifts, the temptation will be greater because the opportunities will be more frequent to benefit personally from your ministry.
A large part of the ministry of the evangelist is to the unsaved. Their passion is to bring people to Christ. D.L. Moody once prayed, “Lord, give me the ability to lead someone to You every day for the rest of my life.” One night he was crawling into bed and realized that he had not led anyone to the Lord that day. He immediately got out of bed, went out into the street, and found someone, leading them to the Lord. That is a pure evangelist.
Fivefold evangelists have a supernatural ability of knowing where an individual stands spiritually, and starting from that point, they begin to preach Jesus to him or her ((Acts 8:35). I love this about a fivefold evangelist. They can start anywhere, talking about anything, and end up talking to the individual about Christ.
In Acts 8:35, an Ethiopian eunuch was reading from a passage in Isaiah, and asked Philip to explain the scripture to him. Verse 35 says, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this scripture preached Jesus to him.” Philip is a prime example of an evangelist because he has the ability to start anywhere and preach Jesus.
Fivefold evangelists have a God-given supernatural ability to bring the conviction of Christ (conviction of sin) to people, both individually and in large crowds, to the point where they feel compelled to come to Christ (Acts 8:37). After Philip finished sharing with the Ethiopian eunuch, the eunuch wanted to get saved immediately. “Here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?”
A teacher can teach for an hour on the need for people to give their hearts to Jesus, explaining the atonement and the resurrection of the Chirst. He will ask for those who want to get saved, and there will a small and measured response. But an evangelist can preach to the same crowd a much shorter message and say something like, “You need to get saved tonight.” Quite often there is a large response and people will be eager to get saved. It is supernatural – not trained or learned. It is a gift from God. Its origin is Jesus, and it is meant to bring people to Christ.