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Ephesians 4:11-12

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

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Ezekiel 24:18

So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.

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Exodus 28:1

"Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me--Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

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Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;

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2 Corinthians 11:15

Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

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Matthew 5:14-16

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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Acts 26:18

to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'

1 Thessalonians 1:9

For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.

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John 5:35

"He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

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1 Thessalonians 5:13

and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

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Colossians 1:23

if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Examples of

1 Peter 4:6

For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.

Mark 16:20

And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.] [And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.]

Revelation 14:6

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

2 Corinthians 12:7

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself!

Ezekiel 24:18

So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded.

1 Corinthians 4:11

To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Care for the church

Acts 20:31

"Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.

2 Corinthians 7:12

So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the offender nor for the sake of the one offended, but that your earnestness on our behalf might be made known to you in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 11:28

Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;

Galatians 4:11

I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

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Micah 3:11

Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."

Jeremiah 6:13

"For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely.

Isaiah 56:10

His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;

Jeremiah 23:11

"For both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14

Your prophets have seen for you False and foolish visions; And they have not exposed your iniquity So as to restore you from captivity, But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

Acts 9:20

and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

Acts 9:20

and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Acts 6:6

And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

Deuteronomy 34:9

Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

James 1:25

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Matthew 10:27

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

Luke 9:60

But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » Required to preach the gospel

Matthew 10:27

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

Luke 9:60

But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

1 Corinthians 9:14

So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

1 Corinthians 9:14

So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.

More verses: 1 Peter 4:9

Ministers » Work of preaching » As shepherds to feed the flock

John 21:17

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You " Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep.

Jeremiah 23:4

"I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Remuneration of » Shepherds

John 21:17

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You " Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep.

Jeremiah 23:4

"I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness--

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved Teach and preach these principles.

2 Timothy 2:25

with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved Teach and preach these principles.

2 Timothy 2:25

with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.'

Ezekiel 3:1-17

Then He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you " Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. read more.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. "For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. "Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. "Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house." Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely. "Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'" Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, "Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His place." And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me. Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river Chebar at Tel-abib, and I sat there seven days where they were living, causing consternation among them. At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life And who is adequate for these things?

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.

Matthew 24:47

"Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Philippians 2:29

Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard;

1 Thessalonians 5:13

and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Pray for them

2 Corinthians 1:11

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

Ephesians 6:19

and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

Romans 15:30

Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me,

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

1 Thessalonians 2:8

Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Philippians 1:7

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

1 Thessalonians 2:11

just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

Ministers » Should preach » Not with enticing words of man's wisdom

1 Corinthians 2:4

and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

1 Corinthians 2:1

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;

Ezekiel 3:17

"Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.

Jeremiah 6:17

"And I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.'

Ministers » When faithful » Thank God for his gifts to their people

1 Corinthians 1:4

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Thessalonians 3:9

For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Hold them in reputation

Philippians 2:29

Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard;

1 Thessalonians 5:13

and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Support them

2 Chronicles 31:4

Also he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the law of the LORD.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock? I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING " God is not concerned about oxen, is He? read more.
Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?

Ministers » Should not be » Greedy of filthy lucre

Ministers » Are bound, to » Feed the church

John 21:15-17

So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You " He said to him, "Tend My lambs." He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You " Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep.

Ministers » When faithful » Rejoice in the faith and holiness of their people

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. read more.
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

Ministers » Should preach » With boldness

Isaiah 58:1

"Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 2:6

"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.

Matthew 10:27-28

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ministers » Should avoid giving unnecessary offence

2 Corinthians 6:3

giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

Ministers » Should be » Disinterested

2 Corinthians 12:14

Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

1 Thessalonians 2:6

nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.

Ministers » Should preach » Without charge, if possible

1 Corinthians 9:18

What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Ministers » Should be » Holy

Leviticus 21:6

'They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire to the LORD, the food of their God; so they shall be holy.

Exodus 28:36

"You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, 'Holy to the LORD.'

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 13:10

For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 13:10

For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.

1 Thessalonians 3:6

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you,

Ministers » Should preach » Christ crucified

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

Ministers » Labors of, vain, without God's blessing

1 Corinthians 3:7

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Give them joy

2 Corinthians 1:14

just as you also partially did understand us, that we are your reason to be proud as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 2:3

This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all.

Ministers » Should not be » Easily dispirited

2 Corinthians 4:8

we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Follow their holy example

Ministers » Are bound, to » Build up the church

2 Corinthians 12:19

All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.

Ministers » Should not be » Men-pleasers

Galatians 1:10

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Regard them as God's messengers

Galatians 4:14

and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself.

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ministers » Should preach » Fully, and without reserve

Acts 20:20

how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

Ministers » Should be » Patient

Ministers » Qualified by God

Isaiah 6:5-7

Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven."

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

"But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, read more.
and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:6-8

'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.' "Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.

Philippians 1:17

the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Philippians 1:20-21

according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Ministers » Should be » Prayerful

Ministers » When unfaithful » Described

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber; And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one. "Come," they say, "let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; And tomorrow will be like today, only more so."

Titus 1:10-11

For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Preach the gospel to all

Ministers » Should be » Studious and meditative

1 Timothy 4:15

Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

Ministers » Are bound, to » War a good warfare

1 Timothy 1:18

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,

Ministers » Should be » Strict in ruling their own families

1 Timothy 3:12

Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

Ministers » Should be » Apt to teach

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Help them

Philippians 4:3

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Romans 16:9

Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

"They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.

Ministers » Should be » Pure

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Not to despise them

Luke 10:16

"The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Attend to their instructions

Malachi 2:7

"For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 23:3

therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'"

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

"Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die--it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations--

Ministers » Should not be » Entangled by cares

Luke 9:60

But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."

Ministers » Should not be » Contentious

Ministers » Should be » Blameless

Ministers » Should be » Hospitable

Ministers » Given to wine

Ministers » Called by God

Exodus 28:1

"Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me--Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Hebrews 5:4

And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Seek gain

Micah 3:11

Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."

Ministers » Should preach » With constancy

Ministers » Should be » Willing

Ministers » Are bound, to » Strengthen the faith of their people

Ministers » Are bound, to » Rebuke

Titus 1:13

This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,

Ministers » Should preach » With consistency

2 Corinthians 1:18-19

But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us--by me and Silvanus and Timothy--was not yes and no, but is yes in Him.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Exhort

Ministers » Should preach » Everywhere

Mark 16:20

And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.] [And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.]

Ministers » Sent by the holy ghost

Acts 13:4

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Ministers » Should preach » With good will and love

Philippians 1:15-17

Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

1 Thessalonians 2:8

Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

Ministers » Entrusted with the gospel

Ministers » Should preach » With plainness of speech

Ministers » Described as » Ambassadors for Christ

Ministers » Should be » Self-denying

1 Corinthians 9:27

but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Ministers » Woe to those who do not preach the gospel

1 Corinthians 9:16

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.

Ministers » Specially protected by God

2 Corinthians 1:10

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

Ministers » When faithful » Commend themselves to the consciences of men

Ministers » When faithful » Approve themselves as the ministers of God

Ministers » Should preach » Not setting forth themselves

Ministers » When faithful » Glory in their people

2 Corinthians 7:4

Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.

Ministers » Should not be » Crafty

Ministers » Described as » The servants of Christ's people

Ministers » Described as » Stewards of the mysteries of God

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ministers » Described as » Ministers of Christ

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ministers » Compared to earthen vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » The eleven apostles

Matthew 28:16-19

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. read more.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:25

But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.

Ministers » Should preach » With faithfulness

Ezekiel 3:17-18

"Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. "When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Philippians 1:7

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

Ministers » Should preach » With heedfulness

1 Timothy 4:16

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.

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:19

So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Endure hardness

Ministers » Are bound, to » Watch for souls

Ministers » Are bound, to » Teach

Ministers » Should be » Strong in grace

Ministers » Should be » Watchful

Ministers » Should make full proof of their ministry

Ministers » Commissioned by Christ

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Imitate their faith

Ministers » Should preach » According to the oracles of God

1 Peter 4:11

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Ministers » Pray for the increase of

Matthew 9:38

"Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

Ministers » Excellency of

Ministers » Should not be » Lords over God's heritage

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Paul

Ministers » When unfaithful » Deal treacherously with their people

John 10:12

"He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

Ministers » Should preach » Repentance and faith

Ministers » Are bound, to » Warn affectionately

Acts 20:31

"Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.

Ministers » Should be » Humble

Ministers » Separated unto the gospel

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Matthias

Acts 1:26

And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Simeon

Acts 13:1

Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Titus

Ministers » Are bound, to » Convince gainsayers

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Philip

Pillars » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 1:18

"Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.

Galatians 2:9

and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Ministers

2 Corinthians 1:11

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

Philippians 1:19

for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Sent to those guilty of

Ezekiel 2:3-7

Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. "I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' "As for them, whether they listen or not--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them. read more.
"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. "But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:4-9

Then He said to me, "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. "For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; read more.
yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate. "Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. "Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house."

Mark 12:4-8

"Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. "And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. "He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' read more.
"But those vine-growers said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!' "They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

"Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.

Deuteronomy 31:27

"For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD; how much more, then, after my death?

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

Now go, write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may serve in the time to come As a witness forever. For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who refuse to listen To the instruction of the LORD;

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

"Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them."

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

"Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you."

Salvation » Ministers » Should be clothed in

Psalm 132:16

"Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.

2 Chronicles 6:41

"Now therefore arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might; let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation and let Your godly ones rejoice in what is good.

Salvation » Ministers » Are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in those who obtain

2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

Salvation » Ministers » Should use self-denial to lead others to

1 Corinthians 9:22

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

"When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. "Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.

Salvation » Ministers » Should endure suffering that the elect may obtain

2 Timothy 2:10

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.

Salvation » Ministers » Should labor to lead others to

Salvation » Ministers » Show the way of

Acts 16:17

Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,

Shepherds » Illustrative » Ministers » Of the gospel

Jeremiah 23:4

"I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

2 Thessalonians 2:17

comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Colossians 2:5

For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

"I have made you an assayer and a tester among My people, That you may know and assay their way."

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