“And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 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?” Acts 8:34-36

Let’s talk about a man named Phillip, an evangelist in the early Christian church who had a profound impact on the spread of the gospel and the growth of the church. As recorded in the book of Acts, Phillip was a faithful servant of God who used his gifts and talents to share the good news of Jesus with those around him. The question I pose to you today is: Could God be calling you to do something similar?

Phillip was appointed as one of the seven deacons by the apostles when they faced opposition from some members of the Jewish community. These seven men were tasked with overseeing the distribution of food to widows and freeing up the apostles to focus on prayer and preaching. Could God be calling you to do something similar today? To use your gifts and talents to serve those in need and create space for the gospel to be proclaimed?

One of the most remarkable accounts of Phillip’s ministry is recorded in Acts 8:26-40 when he encountered an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading from the book of Isaiah. Phillip explained to him the significance of the passage and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus. The eunuch was baptized and went on his way rejoicing, and it is believed that he became one of the first African converts to Christianity. Could God be calling you to do something similar today? To share the gospel with those who are seeking and to break down cultural barriers to bring the good news to all people?

Phillip’s ministry serves as an example of what it means to be a faithful evangelist. He was bold in his proclamation of the gospel and was willing to go wherever the Spirit led him, even if it meant challenging traditional norms. Through his efforts, many came to faith in Jesus and the church grew and flourished. Could God be calling you to do something similar today? To be a faithful servant of God, boldly sharing the gospel with those around you and seeing the growth of the church as a result?

My brothers and sisters, I challenge you today to consider if God is calling you to be an evangelist today. Use your gifts and talents to serve others and share the good news of Jesus with those around you. If you feel called, I encourage you to reach out to Deaconess Noemi Guerra at noemi@txlcms.org for more information on how you can become an Evangelist in the Texas District.

By Deaconess Noemi Guerra
Districtwide Evangelist Development Leader