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15 Bible Verses about Ministers

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Ephesians 4:11-12

And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

2 Corinthians 11:15

So it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny will be according to their works.

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Matthew 5:14-16

"You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Conversion » Through the instrumentality of » Ministers

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God’s plan, which operates by faith.

Faithfulness » Especially required in » Ministers

Light » Illustrative of » Ministers

John 5:35

Johnwas a burning and shining lamp, and for a time you were willing to enjoy his light.

Love to man » Should be exhibited, toward » Ministers

Ministers » Divinely appointed

Ministers » Work of preaching » Examples of

1 Peter 4:6

For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly realm, they might live by God in the spiritual realm.

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

Ezekiel 24:18

I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

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

2 Corinthians 7:12

So even though I wrote to you, it was not because of the one who did wrong, or because of the one who was wronged, but in order that your diligence for us might be made plain to you in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I fear that perhaps when I come I will not find you to be what I want, and I may not be found by you to be what you want;[a] there may be quarreling,(A) jealousy,(B) outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions,(C) slander,(D) gossip, arrogance, and disorder.(E)

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

Ministers » Support of » Unfaithful, general references to

Jeremiah 6:13

For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone is making profit dishonestly.
From prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.

Isaiah 56:10

Israel’s watchmen are blind, all of them,
they know nothing;
all of them are mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they dream, lie down,
and love to sleep.

Jeremiah 23:11

because both prophet and priest are ungodly,
even in My house I have found their evil.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Lamentations 2:14

?NunYour prophets saw visions for you
that were empty and deceptive;
they did not reveal your guilt
and so restore your fortunes.
They saw oracles for you
that were empty and misleading.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example.

Acts 8:35

So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.

Acts 9:20

Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example.

Acts 8:35

So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.

Acts 9:20

Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Deuteronomy 34:9

Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

James 1:25

But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Luke 9:60

But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » Required to preach the gospel

Luke 9:60

But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of 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:Do not muzzle an ox
while it is treading out the grain, and,
the worker is worthy of his wages.

1 Corinthians 9:14

In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says:Do not muzzle an ox
while it is treading out the grain, and,
the worker is worthy of his wages.

1 Corinthians 9:14

In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints’ feet, helped the afflicted, and 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 asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.

Ezekiel 34:23

I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing.” This is the Lord’s declaration.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Remuneration of » Shepherds

John 21:17

He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.

Ezekiel 34:23

I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing.” This is the Lord’s declaration.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation didn’t come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

Those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved.

False Doctrine and Human Greed

Teach and encourage these things.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

Those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved.

False Doctrine and Human Greed

Teach and encourage these things.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

However, if the watchman sees the sword coming but doesn’t blow the trumpet, so that the people aren’t warned, and the sword comes and takes away their lives, then they have been taken away because of their iniquity, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.

Ezekiel 3:1-17

He said to me: "Son of man, eat what you find [here]. Eat this scroll, then go and speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll. "Son of man," he said to me, "eat and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you." So I ate [it], and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. read more.
Then He said to me: "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak 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. [You are] not [being sent] to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. No doubt, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is hardheaded and hardhearted. Look, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. I have made your forehead like a diamond, harder than flint. Don't be afraid of them or discouraged by [the look on] their faces, even though they are a rebellious house." Next He said to me: "Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take [them] to heart. Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord God says, whether they listen or refuse [to listen]." The Spirit then lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me-praise the glory of the Lord in His place!- with the sound of the living creatures' wings brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a great rumbling sound. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I left in bitterness and in an angry spirit, and the Lord's hand was on me powerfully. I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were living by the Chebar Canal, and I sat there stunned for seven days. Now at the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward.

Matthew 24:47

I assure you: He will put him in charge of all his possessions.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge, and not make full use of my authority in the gospel.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us.

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

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.

Ephesians 6:19

Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

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

1 Corinthians 2:1

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

Jerusalem,
I have appointed watchmen on your walls;
they will never be silent, day or night.
There is no rest for you,
who remind the Lord.

Ezekiel 3:17

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.

Jeremiah 6:17

I appointed watchmen over you
and said: Listen for the sound of the ram’s horn.
But they protested, “We won’t listen!”

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

1 Thessalonians 3:9

How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you,

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

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Support them

2 Chronicles 31:4

He told the people who lived in Jerusalem to give a contribution for the priests and Levites so that they could devote their energy to the law of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink the milk from the flock? Am I saying this from a human perspective? Doesn't the law also say the same thing? For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain. Is God really concerned with oxen? read more.
Or isn't He really saying it for us? Yes, this is written for us, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should do so in hope of sharing the crop. If we have sown spiritual things for 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

When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love , the first 2 times by Jesus (vv. 15-16 ); and phileo , the last time by Jesus (v. 17 ) and all 3 times by Peter (vv. 15-17 ). Peter's threefold confession of love for Jesus corresponds to his earlier threefold denial of Jesus; Jn 18:15-18 , 25-27 . Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Feed My lambs," He told him. A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him. He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

But now Timothy has come to us from you and brought us good news about your faith and love, and that you always have good memories of us, wanting to see us, as we also want to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we were encouraged about you through your faith. For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord. read more.
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience because of you before our God,

Ministers » Should preach » With boldness

Isaiah 58:1

“Cry out loudly, don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Tell My people their transgression
and the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 2:6

“But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words, though briers and thorns are beside you and you live among scorpions. Don’t be afraid of their words or be discouraged by the look on their faces, for they are a rebellious house.

Matthew 10:27-28

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops. Don't fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ministers » Should avoid giving unnecessary offence

2 Corinthians 6:3

We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

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

Ministers » Should be » Disinterested

Ministers » Should preach » Without charge, if possible

Ministers » Should be » Holy

Leviticus 21:6

They are to be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they present the fire offerings to Yahweh, the food of their God, and they must be holy.

Exodus 28:36

“You are to make a pure gold medallion and engrave it, like the engraving of a seal:HOLY TO THE LORD.

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 13:10

This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 13:10

This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

Now as you excel in everything—faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us—excel also in this grace.

1 Thessalonians 3:6

But now Timothy has come to us from you and brought us good news about your faith and love and reported that you always have good memories of us, wanting to see us, as we also want to see you.

Ministers » Should preach » Christ crucified

Acts 8:35

So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.

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 only God who gives the growth.

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

2 Corinthians 1:14

as you have partially understood us—that we are your reason for pride, as you are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 2:3

I wrote this very thing so that when I came I wouldn’t have pain from those who ought to give me joy, because I am confident about all of you that my joy will also be yours.

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

You have thought all along that we were defending ourselves to you.[a] No, in the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, and everything, dear friends, is for building you up.(A)

Ministers » Should not be » Men-pleasers

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them.

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

Galatians 4:14

You did not despise or reject me though my physical condition was a trial for you. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself.

Ministers » Should preach » Fully, and without reserve

Acts 20:20

and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public 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 live among a people of unclean lips, [and] because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts. Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth [with it] and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, and your sin is atoned for.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God. He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

But if that wicked slave says in his heart, 'My master is delayed,' and starts to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, that slave's master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. read more.
He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:6-8

However, if the watchman sees the sword coming but doesn't blow the trumpet, so that the people aren't warned, and the sword comes and takes away their lives, then they have been taken away because of their iniquity, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. "As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. If I say to the wicked: Wicked one, you will surely die, but you do not speak out to warn him about his way, that wicked person will die for his iniquity, yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed.

Philippians 1:17

the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause me anxiety in my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Philippians 1:20-21

My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

Ministers » Should be » Prayerful

Ministers » When unfaithful » Described

Isaiah 56:10-12

Israel's watchmen are blind, all of them, they know nothing; all of them are mute dogs, they cannot bark; they dream, lie down, and love to sleep. These dogs have fierce appetites; they never have enough. And they are shepherds who have no discernment; all of them turn to their own way, every last one for his own gain. "Come, let me get [some] wine, let's guzzle [some] beer; and tomorrow will be like today, only far better!"

Titus 1:10-11

For there are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those from Judaism. It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for dishonest gain what they should not.

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

Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage in battle,

Ministers » Should be » Strict in ruling their own families

1 Timothy 3:12

Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

Ministers » Should be » Apt to teach

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Help them

Philippians 4:3

Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life.

Romans 16:9

Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

They have treated My people’s brokenness superficially,
claiming, “Peace, peace,”
when there is no peace.

Ministers » Should be » Pure

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

Luke 10:16

Whoever listens to you listens to Me. Whoever rejects you rejects Me. And whoever 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 guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts.

Matthew 23:3

Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers,
weep between the portico and the altar.
Let them say:
“Have pity on Your people, Lord,
and do not make Your inheritance a disgrace,
an object of scorn among the nations.
Why should it be said among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

“You and your sons are not to drink wine or beer when you enter the tent of meeting, or else you will die; this is a permanent statute throughout your generations.

Ministers » Should not be » Entangled by cares

Luke 9:60

But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of 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

“Have your brother Aaron, with his sons, come to you from the Israelites to serve Me as priest—Aaron, his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

Hebrews 5:4

No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Seek gain

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. So, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith

Ministers » Should preach » With consistency

2 Corinthians 1:18-19

As God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes and no." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me and Silvanus and Timothy-did not become "Yes and no"; on the contrary, "Yes" has come about in Him.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Exhort

Ministers » Should preach » Everywhere

Ministers » Sent by the holy ghost

Acts 13:4

Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they came 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, preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. These do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause [me] trouble in my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so our comfort overflows through Christ. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in the endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer.

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of 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

Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Ministers » Woe to those who do not preach the gospel

Ministers » Specially protected by God

2 Corinthians 1:10

He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again

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

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

Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » The eleven apostles

Matthew 28:16-19

The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. read more.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:25

But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus—my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father.

Ministers » Should preach » With faithfulness

Ezekiel 3:17-18

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-you don't speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

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

Ministers » Should preach » With heedfulness

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:19

Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat as he was plowing. Twelve teams of oxen were in front of him, and he was with the twelfth team. Elijah walked by him and threw his mantle over 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

Therefore, pray to 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

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them.

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

Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was numbered with the 11 apostles.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Simeon

Acts 13:1

In the church that was at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, a close friend 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

Today, I am the One who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the population.

Galatians 2:9

When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Ministers

Philippians 1:19

because I know this will lead to my deliverance through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Sent to those guilty of

Ezekiel 2:3-7

He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites [and] to the rebellious nations who have rebelled against Me. The Israelites and their ancestors have transgressed against Me to this day. The children are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you must say to them: This is what the Lord God says. Whether they listen or refuse [to listen]-for they are a rebellious house-they will know that a prophet has been among them. read more.
"But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words, though briers and thorns are beside you and you live among scorpions. Don't be afraid of their words or be discouraged by [the look on] their faces, for they are a rebellious house. But speak My words to them whether they listen or refuse [to listen], for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:4-9

Then He said to me: "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak 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. [You are] not [being sent] to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. No doubt, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. read more.
But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is hardheaded and hardhearted. Look, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. I have made your forehead like a diamond, harder than flint. Don't be afraid of them or discouraged by [the look on] their faces, even though they are a rebellious house."

Mark 12:4-8

Again he sent another slave to them, and they hit him on the head and treated him shamefully. Then he sent another, and they killed that one. [He] also [sent] many others; they beat some and they killed some. "He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' read more.
"But those tenant farmers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!' So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

“Remember and do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God in the wilderness. You have been rebelling against the Lord from the day you left the land of Egypt until you reached this place.

Deuteronomy 31:27

For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you are rebelling against the Lord now, while I am still alive, how much more will you rebel after I am dead!

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it on a scroll; it will be for the future, forever and ever. They are a rebellious people, deceptive children, children who do not obey the Lord's instruction.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

Only don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!”

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

“And you, son of man, listen to what I tell 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

I will clothe its priests with salvation,
and its godly people will shout for joy.

2 Chronicles 6:41

Now therefore:Arise, Lord God, come to Your resting place,
You and Your powerful ark.
May Your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
and may Your godly people rejoice in goodness.

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

2 Corinthians 2:15

For to God we are the fragrance of Christ 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, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some.

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-you don't speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

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

2 Timothy 2:10

This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

Salvation » Ministers » Should labor to lead others to

Salvation » Ministers » Show the way of

Acts 16:17

As she followed Paul and us she cried out, “These men, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation, are the slaves of the Most High God.”

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

to give His people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins.

Shepherds » Illustrative » Ministers » Of the gospel

Jeremiah 23:4

I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing.” This is the Lord’s declaration.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy-

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

After the synagogue had been dismissed, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and persuading them to continue in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

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

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

I have appointed you to be an assayer among My people—
a refiner
so you may know and assay their way of life.

Topics on Ministers

Afflictions Of Ministers

26;24;18

I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.

Blamelessness, Church Ministers

54;3;2

An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,

Christian Ministers

47;3;6

He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

Holiness Of Ministers

56;1;8

but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled,

Ministers, Description Of

2;28;1

“Have your brother Aaron, with his sons, come to you from the Israelites to serve Me as priest—Aaron, his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

Ministers, Should Be

23;52;11

Leave, leave, go out from there!
Do not touch anything unclean;
go out from her, purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord.

Ministers, Should Not Be

60;5;3

not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Ministers, Way They Should Teach

44;8;5

Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them.

Titles And Names Of Ministers

49;4;11

And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,

Unfaithful Ministers

23;56;10-12

Israel’s watchmen are blind, all of them,
they know nothing;
all of them are mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they dream, lie down,
and love to sleep.

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