The Evangelist is commissioned to announce/declare the Gospel/good tidings for the equipping of the saints according to Eph 4:11. The question arises, what is the good news? The good news is that no matter what has happened in the past we are still God’s children, and no matter what has happened, He loves us with an unending, unlimited, unconditional love, such that we may know that we are one with Christ and God.
According to 2 Tim 4 an evangelist is to be ready in and out of season to preach the Gospel/good news, to reprove/rebuke, and exhort with great patience and instruction. The misunderstanding that people have about the words ‘reprove’ and ‘rebuke’ is that this is not a loving exercise, but a harsh one and therefore cannot fit in with the good news, because the news should be all sweet, soft and gooey. However, the Evangelist is not to compromise the good news. So, what is the good news really all about?
The good news is really about the fact that through Jesus, who came to reveal who we are in God and God in humanity, and that there is nothing we as humanity have to, or can do to earn or deserve this insight of our oneness with God and Christ. We are all “saved” and the “price” was paid for all. There is no need for raising your hand, or to do something else in order to become acceptable to God. “It is finished” (John 19:30) and therefore we are made acceptable. Jesus came to set the captives free and we ALL are truly set free. However, there still will be times where an evangelist is challenged by false teachings and has to bring correction. This correction can be perceived to be hard, but it always needs to be brought in a loving way and without losing patience.