Main Point: Evangelists plant seeds and water the seeds but only God causes the seeds togrow…being an evangelist is responding to what God is doing

Ephesians 4:11-12 ESV
“He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”

  • Evangelists REACH out in our community

Northside Vision: “To be a loving community that reaches, restores, and releases every person to expand God’s Kingdom”

  • Evangelists REACH the UNREACHED in our community and around the world

Responding to the work of the Spirit

  • Jesus is the only Evangelist

Acts 8: 26-31 ESV
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

Responding to people’s invitation

  • Philip responds to the work that God is doing in the Eunuch’s life

Acts 8:35-39 ESV
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.”

  • Evangelists don’t force agendas on people, they respond to God’s agenda, they respect people’s journey, and they obey the voice of God

God causes Spiritual Growth

1 Corinthians. 3:6-9 ESV
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

  • Evangelists don’t CREATE GROWTH, they respond to GROWTH
  • Evangelists don’t CREATE OPPORTUNITY, they respond to OPPORTUNITY

Look for opportunities to invite

  • Alpha is a ministry of invitation as we pray and ask God to show us people in our live where there may be an opportunity to invite
  • As a community, can we pause and pray for people in our life to invite to Alpha? We have 20 volunteers, a great video series, some snacks to share, space for questions, prayer for each person in Alpha by name, and good friends

Conclusion:

  • Pray for 3 people that don’t know Jesus
  • Invite them to Alpha or invite them to church
  • Respond to people’s invitations to know more about God.