Purpose of this Session
Like other ministries the evangelist is essential for the growth, upbuilding and training of the Body of Christ.
The primary examples of the Evangelist in the New Testament are Christ Himself, and Philip who is specifically referred to as an Evangelist.
Three main words are used to describe this ministry:
1. Euaggelizo – “To announce good news or glad tidings”
Speaks of the ministry of the Evangelist
Matt 11:5; Acts 13:32; Romans 10:15; Eph 3:8
2. Euaggelion – “the gospel or a good message”
Speaks of the message of the Evangelist,
especially the good news of the saving grace of God through Christ.
Mat 24:14; Acts 20:24; Rom 1:16; Eph 1:13
3. Euaggelistes – “the preacher or messenger of Good News”
Speaks of the messenger (the evangelist) who brings the good news.
Acts 21:8; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Tim 4:5
Jesus Christ – THE Evangelist
Luke’s gospel uses the word ‘euaggelizo” ten times. He summarizes for us the ministry of the evangelist in Luke 4:18-19.
““The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”” (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV)
The Christ like evangelist will:
i. Preach the gospel.
ii. Heal the brokenhearted
iii. Proclaim liberty to captives
iv. Proclaim recovery of sight to the blind
v. Preach the acceptable year of the Lord (the time of salvation)
Jesus says that to preach the gospel of the Kingdom was the very reason He was sent (Luke 4:43) and His ministry exemplified the heart and the anointing of the evangelist (Luke 7:22; 8:1).