According to the Bible in Ephesians 4:11-12, God has given spiritual gifts to people in order to make them apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and the reason He does it is to prepare them for the work of the Christian service.
Now this means that an evangelist can never function if he does not possess the gifts that will align with his job as an evangelist.
That is why I am writing this religious discourse to reveal to you the gifts of evangelism and how to use them effectively.
So without any further ado, let’ get started with this article right away.
The 6 gifts of an evangelist.
An evangelist must possess the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, power of healing and working miracles, and above all else the gift to preach the word of God. According to the Bible, these gifts are given by the Holy Spirit that works in evangelism and is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
So therefore the 6 gifts of an evangelist are:
- Power of healing.
- Power of working miracles.
- Preaching the word of God.
It is the gift of wisdom that will enable an evangelist to study and understand the word of God which he will preach to others.
According to the Bible in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, the gospel message is considered as nonsense to the unbelievers who are lost in sin while the believer who are saved accepts it as the power and wisdom of God which leads to salvation.
Now, it is very important to understand that there are two kinds of wisdom, one is the worldly wisdom which foolishness to God as Paul observes in verse 20 of the above Bible verse while the wisdom of God is the ability to know God who will teach you how to understand His word.
In John 12:49 and several other Bible passages, Jesus Himself revealed that all He was trying to tell human beings was what He was hearing from the Father. And this simply means that Jesus Himself was being taught by the Father.
And this is the reason why everyone who is willing to be an evangelist and follow the steps of Christ must possess the wisdom that comes from the Father.
The dictionary defines knowledge as facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
And when applying this to the work of evangelism, you will get the understanding that an evangelist must aim to practice the word of God he is preaching to others so he could be able to gather the experiences he will use as an analysis when preaching to others.
The worst part of being an evangelist is that, if you are not able to practice what you preach and gain knowledge, you will ever be able to win souls for Christ.
For example, I was preaching in a market square about love and sharing one day, and after preaching an old man asked me to give him the Bible I was using to preach. And as inspired by the Holy Spirit, I gave the Bible to him and when I got home I understood that action as the theoretical part of what I was trying to preach.
And the best part was that the old man and others who were listening to my preaching will accept it because they have witnessed me practicing it.
According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance of things you hope for and the evidence of things you have t seen.
And in verses 16 of the above Bible verse it goes on to say that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”.
It is a fact that even though you are witnessing for Jesus, you will never get to see him eye-to-eye in this life time. And for that reason, you must have faith that He truly exists before you even try to convince other people.
Another point is that the scripture points out in Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing the word of God which are preached by an evangelist, therefore, one of your duties as an evangelist is to help people have faith in God, and you can never do that unless you have already come in contact with and possess faith.
4. Power of healing.
I personally believe that most of the people who became the followers of Jesus and the early apostles were those who were healed of one infirmity or another.
Now there is the fear that if someone cures you of a particular ailment you must stay close to them else a worst ailment might come. Thus, it was necessary for those who were healed of their diseases by Jesus and his early disciples to become their followers in order to avoid the same or another illness.
5. Power of working miracles.
Jesus did so many miracles while He was on Earth, and one of his greatest miracle was raising Lazarus from death after he died and was buried for 4 days. (John 11:1-44)
Some people might think that it is never possible to perform any miracle as a human being, but these kinds forget that Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
So as an evangelist, you must have the gift of performing miracles so as to prove that you truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. Preaching the word of God.
The main gift of an evangelist is to preach the word of God because it is through it that so many people will turn from their sinful ways and come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now after you are able to make people believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you must also use the word of God to keep them growing in their spiritual life until they become matured and grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How to use the gifts of evangelism.
The gift of evangelism should be used to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and make so many people to become His disciples. This is according to what Jesus Himself commanded in Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
After making people to believe in Jesus and become His followers, another great task is to use the gift of evangelism to help them discover how to grow and become grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, there are people who are still feeding from the milk of the word of God, while solid food is reserved for those who have grown to the point of putting the words of God into practice.
And for this reason, you must not leave people while they are still new in the ways of Christ, but rather utilize the gifts of evangelism to help them reach that point they will require solid food.
In Mathew 28:19-20, Jesus commanded his disciples to teach people how too observe His commandments after they have successfully made them His disciples.