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SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
Today we continue our series “Everyone Gets to Play” Where we have been exploring the five gifts described in Ephesians 4 as given by God to each one of us.
Today we are looking at the evangelistic gifting – I think of all the gifts this one has been most negatively stereotyped both outside of the church (think Ned Flanders in the Simpsons) and inside of it. This has huge missional implications!
My hope and prayer is that as we explore the beauty of this gift that we will afresh see it, nurture it and release it amongst us.
Evangelists are incredible recruiters - they have the capacity to get significant buy-in from their hearers. They are persuasive, infections people with appealing personalities.
They spread ideas persuasively - they have significant negotiation skills. They have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say and makes others want to agree with them! They are agents of conversion.
They tend to be great social connectors - the kind of people who can link the rest of us up with the world. They have a capacity to make connections with people in a way that demonstrates social and emotional intelligence - they know who goes with who and how to best invite.
In many ways, their function is genuinely priestly - they mediate between God and people and people and people.
They have an affinity for the gospel that makes them adept at seeing the gospel in individuals’s unique experience and circumstance.
They really are positive, good news people. The sharing of the good news is an inextricable party of their capacity to understand people and make connections.
They have a strong relational intelligence and ability to translate the gospel into prevailing culture in ways that make a lot of sense. They love to ask people to join in.
They are entrepreneurs, communicators, motivators, marketers, and enthusiastic story tellers.