Do the work of an Evangelist

10 May
May 10, 2013

2 Timothy 4:5 (ESV)
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Paul is readying Timothy to be without him so he rapid fires commands at him here calling him to be serious, suffer, evangelize and fulfill his ministry. Some think that Timothy had the gift of an evangelist and they then exclude this as a command for all elders (or even believers as a whole). Others will go that distance and call everyone to this role of an evangelist.

We are obviously all called to make disciples in Matt 28, so I think there is a lot of room here to take this command and apply it broadly. Also Paul seems to imply that Timothy was a timid person (2 Tim 1:7). The timid are rarely thought of as those gifted as evangelists.

What do you think?

Should we all do the work of an evangelist? Why wouldn’t we?

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