The Scripture says there are certain gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. I am a teacher and an evangelist—but I am an evangelist by obedience. I may have the gift also, but it is certainly obedience. The Great Commission says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
Just by being a Christian, I am an evangelist. Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me,” and He said, “Make disciples of all nations.” That means all Christians who obey Jesus Christ are evangelists. They are to make disciples of all nations. They are also to teach these disciples to obey everything that Jesus commanded. Just by obeying that, I am an evangelist and a teacher. If you are an obedient Christian, you are also called to be an evangelist and a teacher.
“I’m not gifted as an evangelist.” No, I suppose you aren’t—but you are commanded to be one. Not being gifted doesn’t mean you get to slide out from under the command; you have orders to make disciples of all nations.
I have written three books on this subject: Principles of War, Weapons and Tactics, and Taking Men Alive. These can help you learn how to evangelize. They have been in print for some years, but we have just released a new edition of Principles of War. It is available at ccmbooks.org and Amazon.
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