Peter and John’s presence in Samaria and the Spirit’s indwelling of the believing Samaritans (Acts 8:17) confirmed Phillip’s ministry there. As an Evangelist, Phillip had preached the gospel, and, when the Samaritans believed it and received the Spirit, they were welcomed into the Church. Where there had previously been division and animosity between Jews and Samaritans, there now existed the spiritual bond of love (Colossians 3:14). Phillip’s trailblazing efforts laid the foundation for his hearers to receive the Holy Spirit by faith. The Evangelist’s pre-work unto salvation is what those called Evangelists have done ever since.
Phillip’s ministry as an Evangelist continues in Acts 8 as he is led by an angel to go the desert road to Gaza. On the road he meets an Ethiopian eunuch—a court official to the queen of Ethiopia. Phillip opens the man’s understanding of the Word of God, and the eunuch is saved. Phillip baptizes the man, and the Holy Spirit snatches Phillip away (Acts 8:39). “Phillip later appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea” (verse 40). Everywhere he went, Phillip shared the gospel. That’s what Evangelists do.

Timothy was told to do the pre-salvation preaching that is the “work of an Evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5). This same preaching of the good news is the general call to the disciples in the Great Commission and to all of us to the end of the age (Matthew 28:16–20). In Jude 1:3, all saints are to contend earnestly for the faith delivered to them, and, in verse 23 we are to “save others by snatching them from the fire.”

The office of an Evangelist will be needed until the church reaches the maturity of Christ Himself (Ephesians 4:13). Good news is meant to be shared. And we have the best news of all—Jesus died and rose again and saves all who will call on Him (Romans 10:9–13).