Introduction: At work you have annual leave (vacation) and annual
review (evaluation). Which do you prefer? Which is most important?
Our world is filled with evaluations that start in the first five
minutes after we are born (Apgar score)! How does this work with
witnessing and evangelism? Should the approach and standards of the
world apply to evaluating the work of the church? The work of God?
What about your personal witnessing and evangelism, should that be
evaluated? Let’s jump right into our study of the Bible and see
what we can learn!

  1. The Nature of Evaluation

    1. Read 1 Timothy 3:1. Would you like to be promoted at
      work? Does the same kind of thinking apply to the
      church? (Paul writes positively about desiring promotion
      in the church.)

    2. Read 1 Timothy 3:2-3. Is this an evaluation? (Yes.)

      1. What kind of an evaluation is it? (Essentially, an
        evaluation of the person.)

    3. Read 1 Timothy 3:4-5. In some ways I find this an odd
      requirement. Are the two really the same? Is managing
      your family and your own money like managing a church and
      its money?

      1. Read 1 Samuel 8:1-5. Would Samuel have passed the
        test for overseer?

      2. If not, how do we explain that God chose Samuel to
        be one of the greatest overseers of Israel? (Perhaps
        the emphasis is on the word “children.” When they
        are young their behavior is a test of leadership.)

    4. Read 1 Timothy 3:6-7. Are these qualifications or
      evaluations? (They seem more like qualifications.)

    5. As you consider the verses we have just read, does
      anything strike you as being unusual for job evaluations?
      If you are evaluated at work, does your boss evaluate you
      on this type of criteria? (No! I am evaluated on how
      well I did my job. I am not asked about how well I did
      with my family.)

    6. Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-11. How does Paul evaluate
      himself? (He calls himself an “expert builder.”)

    7. Read 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. What kind of evaluation is
      done here? (Circumstances will test the quality of the
      work done by the teacher.)

    8. Why is there no mention for either the teacher or the
      overseer about a church committee to evaluate past

      1. Did you notice the two evaluation points in our
        texts so far:

        1. Spiritual qualifications for the job; and,

        2. Stress?

      2. Why is there no on-the-job evaluation?

  2. Holy Spirit Test

    1. Read Acts 15:4-5. Peter and Barnabas give a report of
      their activities to the leaders in Jerusalem. Does
      everyone at headquarters give them a good evaluation?
      (No. Some think they are not giving the correct message.)

    2. Read Acts 15:6-8. How does Peter answer the performance
      criticism? (He says that proof of the propriety of their
      preaching is the approval of the Holy Spirit.)

    3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:3-6. No matter how we serve the
      church, no matter the nature of our job, what insures our
      success? (The Holy Spirit!)

    4. What does this teach us about performance evaluation in
      witnessing and evangelism? Does this explain the absence
      of evaluation during the job? (This is not like the kind
      of evaluation we go through (or give) at work. The church
      selects Godly people, people who show that the Holy
      Spirit is at work in their lives and in the life of their
      family. The church then lets them go into ministry.)

      1. What, then, is the basis for evaluation of
        witnessing and evangelism? (Logically, the only
        question we are competent to ask is whether we see
        the power of the Holy Spirit in the work of the
        person? If we see that power, who are we to second
        guess how the Holy Spirit leads?)

    5. Read 1 John 4:1-3. Would you use this as the test for
      whether the Holy Spirit was at work in a person?

    6. Are you comfortable with the conclusion that the
      evaluation approved by the Bible is merely whether a
      person is Spirit-filled?

      1. Should we also be concerned about whether the Holy
        Spirit is manifested in the person’s work?

      2. Read Romans 12:6-8. What does this suggest about the
        Holy Spirit, our gospel work, and evaluation? (We
        should not look only at whether the person is
        Spirit-filled, but whether the person is working in
        the area in which they have gifts from the Holy
        Spirit. Just because a person is filled with the
        Holy Spirit, does not mean they are fitted for every
        kind of work. That is why we could have a Spirit-filled person, who did not manifest the power of the
        Holy Spirit in a particular type of work.)

  3. Historical Example

    1. Read Genesis 6:9. Is Noah a Spirit-filled guy? (Yes!)

    1. Read 2 Peter 2:5. What is Noah? (“A preacher of
      righteousness.” New Unger’s Bible Dictionary says,
      “Jehovah … allowed a respite of 120 years, during which
      time Noah sought to bring the people to repentance.”)

    2. Read Genesis 6:3. Who was Noah’s partner in preaching?
      (The Holy Spirit! “My Spirit will not contend with man
      forever.” The suggestion is that the Holy Spirit
      contended for 120 years through the work of preacher

    3. Read Genesis 6:13-14 and Genesis 7:11-13. How would you
      evaluate Noah’s witnessing and evangelism? How many
      people entered the ark? (Eight.)

      1. What does this suggest to us about evaluating the
        witnessing and evangelism of others? (Noah had a
        divine appointment. He was Spirit-filled. Any
        evaluation must center on whether God is in the

    4. Read Exodus 31:1-3. Is Bezalel a Holy Spirit filled
      fellow? (Yes!)

    5. Read Exodus 31:3-5. What is Bezalel’s Spirit-filled work?
      (He is a master craftsman.)

      1. What does this suggest about the work of the Holy
        Spirit in witnessing and evangelism? (It is not just
        preaching. The Holy Spirit gives us excellence in
        whatever gift we are given. Excellence gives us the
        opportunity to share our faith with great

      2. What does this suggest about evaluation? (Noah
        taught us that it is not about numbers, but Bezalel
        teaches us that the Holy Spirit gives “skill,
        ability and knowledge.” If our work is not
        excellent, then the Holy Spirit is not at work. The
        entire key to evaluation is to determine whether the
        Holy Spirit is in the work.)

    6. Friend, do you see that a proper evaluation of your
      gospel work is an evaluation of whether the Holy Spirit
      is in your life? The focus is on you, rather than on
      your “numbers.” But, the Holy Spirit is the author of
      excellence. If we are not excellent in what we do, it
      might mean we are not working in the area of our Spirit-gifts. It might mean we are lacking the Holy Spirit.
      Will you ask, today, that the Holy Spirit fill you, and
      show you the gifts that He has given you?

  1. Next week: A Perpetual Ministry.