Wanted: Evangelist

by J. Randal Matheny
The brothers and sisters in our town/1 decided to invite someone to work with them full-time in the Lord’s mission to reach the lost.
After considering Scriptural qualifications and local needs, here’s the list that was sent out when the church announced its need.
1. The evangelist has demonstrated that he possesses the gift of evangelism through his efforts until the present.
2. He has the ability to identify with all classes of people.
3. He is married to a Christian wife who is also active in her faith.
4. He knows how to take the initiative in his activities.
5. He lives within his means, without accumulating debts or other financial obligations.
6. He demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the Scriptures and doctrinal soundness in his teaching.
7. He cultivates good personal, moral and spiritual habits.
Of course, not all of these points have a Biblical basis. See no. 3, for example. Jesus was not married, nor was Paul.
But the list reflects a great priority recognized in the Joseense church: we have a mission to fulfill and we are serious about being God’s people in this city.
To be his people means to be proclaimers of the gospel.
We need more help, we need more training, we need more motivation in doing that.
Excuse me for saying so, but pulpit preachers are a dime a dozen.
And most paid servants serve the church rather than fulfill the Great Commission.
Our schools churn out eloquent Sunday-morning speakers, but precious few graduates come out of the colleges and institutes knowing how to evangelize during the week.
The Christian who has developed the gift of evangelism is a rare bird indeed./2
And this is exactly the great need, not only of the Joseense church, but of the worldwide church.
Lord permitting, in a follow-up article, we’ll suggest what we can do as a brotherhood to change some of our own bad habits and reflect the divine priority in reaching the lost in the world.
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1/ Sao Jose dos Campos, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2/ Read about two of these rare jewels, one from Tanzania and the other from Brazil: Neal Pollard, “Thoughts on Work from a Worker“; Randal Matheny, “Destined for Success.”


Our schools churn out eloquent Sunday-morning speakers, but precious few graduates come out of the colleges and institutes knowing how to evangelize during the week.

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