I am an equipping evangelist. What does this mean? It basically means that my life and ministry rises and falls on the actualization of Ephesians 4:11-12.
So not only is equipping the saints for the work of evangelistic ministry my God-given responsibility within the Body of Christ, but hearing budding preachers herald the Gospel in the public square (under my leadership) is what really floats my boat!:)
This past Friday night young evangelist, Nathan Korten, broke the sound barrier by preaching open air for the very first time!
Left: Young evangelist, Nathan Korten, preaches the Gospel open air for the very first time!
As I thought about what I might say to “evangelistically encourage” all Christ-followers reading this posting right now, I realized (again) that God has already said it!
Paul encourages and exhorts young Timothy in the Lord as follows:
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Tim. 4:12-16)
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 ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure soundteaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim. 4:1-5)
So, on this momentous occasion, TCC salutes Nathan Korten…and all the other young preachers who are faithfully doing the work of an evangelist.
We thank God for you, good soldiers (2 Tim. 2:3)!