An evangelist is a preacher of the gospel. He calls all men to repentance and proclaims the message of salvation through Christ. He also builds up the church.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
An evangelist is a man whose foremost goal is to preach the gospel of Christ.
He preaches the Word “in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). As we read of the apostles: “Every day in the temple and at home they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42).
An evangelist is a soldier of Christ
Paul admonished Timothy: “Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:3, 4).
Evangelists are fishers of men
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mathew 4:19
Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon,Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
Evangelists are stewards.
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:1, 2).
Evangelists have been entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
An evangelist must know the Scriptures and use them properly
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
Evangelists have responsibilities both to the world and to the church.
Christ commanded his followers to preach the gospel to the whole world and to teach disciples to observe all that He has commanded. Paul and his fellow evangelists obeyed both aspects of this charge: “When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith” (Acts 14:21, 22).
Evangelists must go with the gospel.
Jesus set the example: “He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23)Once when the people wanted to prevent him from leaving He replied: “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose” (Luke 4:43).
Evangelists preach to all men.
The gospel must be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, regardless of race, gender, nation etc. (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10). “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).
Evangelists call men to repentance.
An evangelist must expose the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). John the Baptist reproved King Herod for having married his brother’s wife and for all the evil he had done (Luke 3:19).
Jesus said: “The world … hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). He warned that our reception would be no better (Matthew 10:22-25).