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15 Bible Verses about Ministers

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Ephesians 4:11-12

and he has given some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints; with a view to the work of the ministry, with a view to the edifying of the body of Christ;

2 Corinthians 11:15

It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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Candlestick » Illustrative of » Ministers

Matthew 5:14-16

Ye are the light of the world: a city situated on the top of a mountain cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, and it shines for all who are in the house. Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.

Conversion » Through the instrumentality of » Ministers

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

nor to turn their minds to fables and interminable genealogies, which bring questionings rather than further God's dispensation, which is in faith.

Faithfulness » Especially required in » Ministers

Light » Illustrative of » Ministers

John 5:35

He was the burning and shining lamp, and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Love to man » Should be exhibited, toward » Ministers

Ministers » Divinely appointed

Ministers » Work of preaching » Examples of

1 Peter 4:6

For to this end were the glad tidings preached to the dead also, that they might be judged, as regards men, after the flesh, but live, as regards God, after the Spirit.

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

Ezekiel 24:18

And I spoke unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died. And I did in the morning as I was commanded.

2 Corinthians 11:23

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as being beside myself) I above measure so; in labours exceedingly abundant, in stripes to excess, in prisons exceedingly abundant, in deaths oft.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

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

2 Corinthians 7:12

So then, if also I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of him that injured, nor for the sake of him that was injured, but for the sake of our diligent zeal for you being manifested to you before God.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I fear lest perhaps coming I find you not such as I wish, and that I be found by you such as ye do not wish: lest there might be strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, evil speakings, whisperings, puffings up, disturbances;

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

Ministers » Support of » Unfaithful, general references to

Micah 3:11

The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet do they lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us.

Jeremiah 6:13

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely.

Isaiah 56:10

His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber:

Jeremiah 23:11

For both prophet and priest are profane: even in my house have I found their wickedness, saith Jehovah.

Lamentations 2:14

Thy prophets have seen vanity and folly for thee; and they have not revealed thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee burdens of falsehood and causes of expulsion.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

being distressed on account of their teaching the people and preaching by Jesus the resurrection from among the dead;

Acts 8:35

And Philip, opening his mouth and beginning from that scripture, announced the glad tidings of Jesus to him.

Acts 9:20

And straightway in the synagogues he preached Jesus that he is the Son of God.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

being distressed on account of their teaching the people and preaching by Jesus the resurrection from among the dead;

Acts 8:35

And Philip, opening his mouth and beginning from that scripture, announced the glad tidings of Jesus to him.

Acts 9:20

And straightway in the synagogues he preached Jesus that he is the Son of God.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Acts 6:6

whom they set before the apostles; and, having prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Deuteronomy 34:9

And Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as Jehovah had commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Luke 9:60

But Jesus said to him, Suffer the dead to bury their own dead, but do thou go and announce the kingdom of God.

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » Required to preach the gospel

Luke 9:60

But Jesus said to him, Suffer the dead to bury their own dead, but do thou go and announce 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, Thou shalt not muzzle an ox that treadeth out corn, and, The workman is worthy of his hire.

1 Corinthians 9:14

So also the Lord has ordained to those that announce the glad tidings to live of the glad tidings.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

for the scripture says, Thou shalt not muzzle an ox that treadeth out corn, and, The workman is worthy of his hire.

1 Corinthians 9:14

So also the Lord has ordained to those that announce the glad tidings to live of the glad tidings.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

borne witness to in good works, if she have brought up children, if she have exercised hospitality, if she have washed saints' feet, if she have imparted relief to the distressed, if she have diligently followed every good work.

More verses: 1 Peter 4:9

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

John 21:17

He says to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, art thou attached to me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Art thou attached to me? and said to him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David: he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will raise up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, saith Jehovah.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Remuneration of » Shepherds

John 21:17

He says to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, art thou attached to me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Art thou attached to me? and said to him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David: he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will raise up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, saith Jehovah.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For we have not at any time been among you with flattering discourse, even as ye know, nor with a pretext for covetousness, God is witness;

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren; but let them the rather serve them with subjection, because they are faithful and beloved, who profit by the good and ready service rendered. These things teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren; but let them the rather serve them with subjection, because they are faithful and beloved, who profit by the good and ready service rendered. These things teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

But if the watchman see the sword coming, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned, if the sword come and take a person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Ezekiel 3:1-17

And he said unto me, Son of man, eat what thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll which I give thee. And I ate, and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. read more.
And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of strange language, and of difficult speech, but to the house of Israel; not to many peoples of strange language and of difficult speech, whose words thou canst not understand: had I sent thee to them, would they not hearken unto thee? But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for none of them will hearken unto me. For all the house of Israel are hard of forehead and stiff of heart. Behold, I have made thy face hard against their faces, and thy forehead hard against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at them, for they are a rebellious house. And he said unto me, Son of man, all my words which I shall speak unto thee, receive in thy heart, and hear with thine ears; and go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear. And the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the sound of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of Jehovah from his place! And the sound of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, And the sound of the wheels beside them, And the sound of a great rushing. And the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit, and the hand of Jehovah was strong upon me. And I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river Chebar, and I sat where they sat; and I sat there astonied among them seven days. And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have appointed thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, and thou shalt hear the word from my mouth, and give them warning from me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

to the one an odour from death unto death, but to the others an odour from life unto life; and who is sufficient for these things?

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of any one which he has built upon the foundation shall abide, he shall receive a reward.

Matthew 24:47

Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all his substance.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with an administration. What is the reward then that I have? That in announcing the glad tidings I make the glad tidings costless to others, so as not to have made use, as belonging to me, of my right in announcing the glad tidings.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us.

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

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us: for we persuade ourselves that we have a good conscience, in all things desirous to walk rightly.

Ephesians 6:19

and for me in order that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the glad tidings,

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

1 Thessalonians 2:8

Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.

1 Thessalonians 2:11

as ye know how, as a father his own children, we used to exhort each one of you, and comfort and testify,

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

1 Corinthians 2:1

And I, when I came to you, brethren, came not in excellency of word, or wisdom, announcing to you the testimony of God.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, Jerusalem; all the day and all the night they shall never hold their peace: ye that put Jehovah in remembrance, keep not silence,

Ezekiel 3:17

Son of man, I have appointed thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, and thou shalt hear the word from my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Jeremiah 6:17

Also I have set watchmen over you: Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:9

For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy wherewith we rejoice on account of you before our God,

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

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Support them

2 Chronicles 31:4

And he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of Jehovah.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who ever carries on war at his own charges? who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? or who herds a flock and does not eat of the milk of the flock? Do I speak these things as a man, or does not the law also say these things? For in the law of Moses it is written, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that is treading out corn. Is God occupied about the oxen, read more.
or does he say it altogether for our sakes? For for our sakes it has been written, that the plougher should plough in hope, and he that treads out corn, in hope of partaking of it. If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

Ministers » Should not be » Greedy of filthy lucre

Ministers » Are bound, to » Feed the church

John 21:15-17

When therefore they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He says to him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. He says to him, Feed my lambs. He says to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He says to him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. He says to him, Shepherd my sheep. He says to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, art thou attached to me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Art thou attached to me? and said to him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

But Timotheus having just come to us from you, and brought to us the glad tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have always good remembrance of us, desiring much to see us, even as we also you; for this reason we have been comforted in you, brethren, in all our distress and tribulation, through your faith, because now we live if ye stand firm in the Lord. read more.
For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy wherewith we rejoice on account of you before our God,

Ministers » Should preach » With boldness

Isaiah 58:1

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and declare unto my people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 2:6

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, and be not afraid of their words; for briars and thorns are with thee, and thou dwellest among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, and be not dismayed at their faces; for they are a rebellious house.

Matthew 10:27-28

What I say to you in darkness speak in the light, and what ye hear in the ear preach upon the houses. And be not afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; but fear rather him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ministers » Should avoid giving unnecessary offence

2 Corinthians 6:3

giving no manner of offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed;

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Give no occasion to stumbling, whether to Jews, or Greeks, or the assembly of God. Even as I also please all in all things; not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, that they may be saved.

Ministers » Should be » Disinterested

1 Thessalonians 2:6

nor seeking glory from men, neither from you nor from others, when we might have been a charge as Christ's apostles;

Ministers » Should preach » Without charge, if possible

1 Corinthians 9:18

What is the reward then that I have? That in announcing the glad tidings I make the glad tidings costless to others, so as not to have made use, as belonging to me, of my right in announcing the glad tidings.

Ministers » Should be » Holy

Leviticus 21:6

They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God; for they present Jehovah's offerings by fire, the bread of their God; therefore shall they be holy.

Exodus 28:36

And thou shalt make a thin plate of pure gold, and engrave on it, as the engravings of a seal, Holiness to Jehovah!

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 10:8

For and if I should boast even somewhat more abundantly of our authority, which the Lord has given to us for building up and not for your overthrowing, I shall not be put to shame;

2 Corinthians 13:10

On this account I write these things being absent, that being present I may not use severity according to the authority which the Lord has given me for building up, and not for overthrowing.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 10:8

For and if I should boast even somewhat more abundantly of our authority, which the Lord has given to us for building up and not for your overthrowing, I shall not be put to shame;

2 Corinthians 13:10

On this account I write these things being absent, that being present I may not use severity according to the authority which the Lord has given me for building up, and not for overthrowing.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

but even as ye abound in every way, in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in love from you to us, that ye may abound in this grace also.

1 Thessalonians 3:6

But Timotheus having just come to us from you, and brought to us the glad tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have always good remembrance of us, desiring much to see us, even as we also you;

Ministers » Should preach » Christ crucified

Acts 8:35

And Philip, opening his mouth and beginning from that scripture, announced the glad tidings of Jesus to him.

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

1 Corinthians 3:7

So that neither the planter is anything, nor the waterer; but God the giver of the increase.

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

2 Corinthians 1:14

even as also ye have recognised us in part, that we are your boast, even as ye are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 2:3

And I have written this very letter to you, that coming I may not have grief from those from whom I ought to have joy; trusting in you all that my joy is that of you all.

Ministers » Should not be » Easily dispirited

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

Ministers » Are bound, to » Build up the church

2 Corinthians 12:19

Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.

Ministers » Should not be » Men-pleasers

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

that ye should also be subject to such, and to every one joined in the work and labouring.

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

Galatians 4:14

and my temptation, which was in my flesh, ye did not slight nor reject with contempt; but ye received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.

Ministers » Should preach » Fully, and without reserve

Acts 20:20

how I held back nothing of what is profitable, so as not to announce it to you, and to teach you publicly and in every house,

Ministers » Should be » Patient

Ministers » Qualified by God

Isaiah 6:5-7

And I said, Woe unto me! for I am undone; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. And one of the seraphim flew unto me, and he had in his hand a glowing coal, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar; and he made it touch my mouth, and said, Behold, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin expiated.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency is of God; who has also made us competent, as ministers of the new covenant; not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit quickens.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

But if that evil bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come, and begin to beat his fellow-bondmen, and eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of, read more.
and shall cut him in two and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:6-8

But if the watchman see the sword coming, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned, if the sword come and take a person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So thou, son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; and thou shalt hear the word from my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, Wicked man, thou shalt certainly die; and thou speakest not to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

Laying these things before the brethren, thou wilt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished with the words of the faith and of the good teaching which thou hast fully followed up.

Philippians 1:17

but those out of contention, announce the Christ, not purely, supposing to arouse tribulation for my bonds.

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Philippians 1:20-21

according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but in all boldness, as always, now also Christ shall be magnified in my body whether by life or by death. For for me to live is Christ, and to die gain;

Ministers » Should be » Prayerful

Ministers » When unfaithful » Described

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber: and the dogs are greedy, they know not to be satisfied, and these are shepherds that know not how to discern: they all turn to their own way, every one for his gain, even to the last of them: Come, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

Titus 1:10-11

For there are many and disorderly vain speakers and deceivers of people's minds, specially those of the circumcision, who must have their mouths stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which ought not to be taught for the sake of base gain.

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

Ministers » Should be » Studious and meditative

Ministers » Are bound, to » War a good warfare

1 Timothy 1:18

This charge, my child Timotheus, I commit to thee, according to the prophecies as to thee preceding, in order that thou mightest war by them the good warfare,

Ministers » Should be » Strict in ruling their own families

1 Timothy 3:12

Let the ministers be husbands of one wife, conducting their children and their own houses well:

Ministers » Should be » Apt to teach

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Help them

Philippians 4:3

yea, I ask thee also, true yokefellow, assist them, who have contended along with me in the glad tidings, with Clement also, and my other fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Romans 16:9

Salute Urbanus, our fellow-workman in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

And they have healed the breach of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace! when there is no peace.

Ministers » Should be » Pure

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

Luke 10:16

He that hears you hears me; and he that rejects you rejects me; and he that rejects me rejects him that sent me.

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

Matthew 23:3

all things therefore, whatever they may tell you, do and keep. But do not after their works, for they say and do not,

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare, O Jehovah, thy people, and give not thine inheritance to reproach, that they should be a byword of the nations. Wherefore should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

Thou shalt not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, and thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tent of meeting, lest ye die it is an everlasting statute throughout your generations,

Ministers » Should not be » Entangled by cares

Luke 9:60

But Jesus said to him, Suffer the dead to bury their own dead, but do thou go and announce 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

And thou shalt take thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may serve me as priest Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Seek gain

Micah 3:11

The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet do they lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall 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 which cause rebuke them severely, that they may be sound in the faith,

Ministers » Should preach » With consistency

2 Corinthians 1:18-19

Now God is faithful, that our word to you is not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, he who has been preached by us among you (by me and Silvanus and Timotheus), did not become yea and nay, but yea is in him.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Exhort

Ministers » Should preach » Everywhere

Ministers » Sent by the holy ghost

Acts 13:4

They therefore, having been sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and thence sailed away to Cyprus.

Ministers » Should preach » With good will and love

Philippians 1:15-17

Some indeed also for envy and strife, but some also for good will, preach the Christ. These indeed out of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the glad tidings; but those out of contention, announce the Christ, not purely, supposing to arouse tribulation for my bonds.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

1 Thessalonians 2:8

Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

who encourages us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to encourage those who are in any tribulation whatever, through the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged of God. Because, even as the sufferings of the Christ abound towards us, so through the Christ does our encouragement also abound. But whether we are in tribulation, it is for your encouragement and salvation, wrought in the endurance of the same sufferings which we also suffer,

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

Even as I also please all in all things; not seeking my own profit, but that of the many, 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

Ministers » Woe to those who do not preach the gospel

1 Corinthians 9:16

For if I announce the glad tidings, I have nothing to boast of; for a necessity is laid upon me; for it is woe to me if I should not announce the glad tidings.

Ministers » Specially protected by God

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 boldness towards you, great my exulting in respect of you; I am filled with encouragement; I overabound in joy under 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

Ministers » Described as » Ministers of Christ

Ministers » Compared to earthen vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » The eleven apostles

Matthew 28:16-19

But the eleven disciples went into Galilee to the mountain which Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they did homage to him: but some doubted. And Jesus coming up spoke to them, saying, All power has been given me in heaven and upon earth. read more.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit;

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:25

but I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-workman and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need,

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child a father, he has served with me in the work of the glad tidings.

Ministers » Should preach » With faithfulness

Ezekiel 3:17-18

Son of man, I have appointed thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, and thou shalt hear the word from my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt certainly die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, that he may live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

Then saith he to his disciples, The harvest is great and the workmen are few; supplicate therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth workmen unto his harvest.

Ministers » Should preach » With heedfulness

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

I testify before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou keep these things without prejudice, doing nothing by favour.

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:19

And he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was ploughing with twelve yokes before him, and he with the twelfth; and Elijah went over to him, and cast 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

Ministers » Pray for the increase of

Matthew 9:38

supplicate therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth workmen unto 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

but he who serves for wages, and who is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf seizes them and scatters the sheep.

Ministers » Should preach » Repentance and faith

Ministers » Are bound, to » Warn affectionately

Ministers » Should be » Humble

Ministers » Separated unto the gospel

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Matthias

Acts 1:26

And they gave lots on them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Simeon

Acts 13:1

Now there were in Antioch, in the assembly which was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, and Manaen, foster-brother of 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

And I, behold, I appoint thee this day as a strong city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls, against the whole land; against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land.

Galatians 2:9

and recognising the grace given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were conspicuous as being pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the nations, and they to the circumcision;

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Ministers

Philippians 1:19

for I know that this shall turn out for me to salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ;

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Sent to those guilty of

Ezekiel 2:3-7

And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me unto this very day; and these children are impudent and hard-hearted: I am sending thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah. And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear for they are a rebellious house yet shall they know that there hath been a prophet among them. read more.
And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, and be not afraid of their words; for briars and thorns are with thee, and thou dwellest among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, and be not dismayed at their faces; for they are a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear; for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:4-9

And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of strange language, and of difficult speech, but to the house of Israel; not to many peoples of strange language and of difficult speech, whose words thou canst not understand: had I sent thee to them, would they not hearken unto thee? read more.
But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for none of them will hearken unto me. For all the house of Israel are hard of forehead and stiff of heart. Behold, I have made thy face hard against their faces, and thy forehead hard against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at them, for they are a rebellious house.

Mark 12:4-8

And again he sent to them another bondman; and at him they threw stones, and struck him on the head, and sent him away with insult. And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. Having yet therefore one beloved son, he sent also him to them the last, saying, They will have respect for my son. read more.
But those husbandmen said to one another, This is the heir: come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours. And they took him and killed him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

Remember, forget not, how thou provokedst Jehovah thy God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came to this place, ye have been rebellious against Jehovah.

Deuteronomy 31:27

for I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck. Lo, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against Jehovah; and how much more after my death!

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and record it in a book, that it may be for the time to come, as a witness for ever, that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Jehovah;

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

only rebel not against Jehovah; and fear not the people of the land; for they shall be our food. Their defence is departed from them, and Jehovah is with us: fear them not.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

And thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Salvation » Ministers » Should be clothed in

Psalm 132:16

And I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

2 Chronicles 6:41

And now, arise, Jehovah Elohim, into thy resting-place, thou and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, Jehovah Elohim, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in thy goodness.

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

2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are a sweet odour of Christ to God, in the saved and in those that perish:

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

1 Corinthians 9:22

I became to the weak, as weak, in order that I might gain the weak. To all I have become all things, in order that at all events I might save some.

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt certainly die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, that he may live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand. But if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

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

2 Timothy 2:10

For this cause I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Salvation » Ministers » Should labor to lead others to

Romans 11:14

if by any means I shall provoke to jealousy them which are my flesh, and shall save some from among them.

Salvation » Ministers » Show the way of

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

to give knowledge of deliverance to his people by the remission of their sins

Shepherds » Illustrative » Ministers » Of the gospel

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will raise up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, saith Jehovah.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach; not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money,

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

And the congregation of the synagogue having broken up, many of the Jews and of the worshipping proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

because now we live if ye stand firm in the Lord.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Have an outline of sound words, which words thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Keep, by the Holy Spirit which dwells in us, the good deposit entrusted.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

I have set thee among my people as an assayer, a fortress, that thou mayest know and try their way.

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Ezekiel 24:18

And I spoke unto the people in the morning; and at even my wife died. And I did in the morning as I was commanded.

Ministers, Description Of

Exodus 28:1

And thou shalt take thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may serve me as priest Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Unfaithful Ministers

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber: