Paul tells Timothy in I Timothy 4:7 – 8, “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
In I Timothy, Paul has told Timothy, whom he left to be in charge of the church at Ephesus, that there would be false teachers and deceivers in the church. Paul is exhorting Timothy to continue on in the good teaching he has received and to ‘devote himself to the public reading of Scripture preaching and to teaching ‘ [I Timothy 4:13].
Hence as an evangelist persevere in your study of Scripture to discern the false teachers, point them out to the brothers [I Tim 4:6] and keep preaching and teaching the Word. In this cycle you become trained in Godly living and a good minister of Jesus Christ [I Tim 4:6b].
Finally Paul closes the thought with this exhortation to Timothy in I Timothy 4:15 – 16: ‘Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
Thus to live in light of this warning, that there will be false teachers and deceivers in the body, and that your role as a minister of the Gospel is to study the Scriptures and live in light of them is your responsibility.
This exhortation comes with a promise: ‘for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you’. [I Tim 4:16]
Thus as an evangelist read the Scriptures and pray daily seeking to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ that you would be a fruitful preacher and teacher of the Word. You will be eternally blessed as well as your hearers.