- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:11
No. All believers are responsible to "do the work of an evangelist" (2 Timothy 4:5) by speaking to individuals as the believers did in Acts 11:19, 20. Some have a knack for this, although they may not be effective public speakers. The risen Lord provides evangelists (Ephesians 4:11) for the work of the gospel. Since God oversees the operation of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:6), we can be certain He employs only those He has enabled for this important work.
Testimonies of conversion are one means of declaring the gospel (Acts 22). Some who may not be effective "preachers" can effectively tell how they were saved.
The priesthood of all believers does not imply that all the males should take their turn "preaching." On the other hand, fairness should be a part of all assembly decisions (1 Timothy 5:21), including selecting speakers for gospel meetings. Wise elders look for potential in a speaker and give opportunity for the Spirit of God to develop that ability by its use. At the same time, they will be careful not to discourage a less capable brother ("a smoking flax shall He not quench," Isaiah 42:3).