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15 Bible Verses about Ministers

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Ephesians 4:11-12

And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah

2 Corinthians 11:15

So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!

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Candlestick » Illustrative of » Ministers

Matthew 5:14-16

"You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden. People don't light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven."

Conversion » Through the instrumentality of » Ministers

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

and occupying themselves with myths and endless genealogies. These things promote controversies rather than God's ongoing purpose, which involves faith.

Faithfulness » Especially required in » Ministers

Light » Illustrative of » Ministers

John 5:35

That man John was a lamp that burns and brightly shines, and for a while you were willing 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

Indeed, this is why the gospel was proclaimed even to those who have died, so that they could be judged in their mortal flesh like all humans and live in the spiritual realm like God.

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

2 Corinthians 12:7

To keep me from becoming conceited because of the exceptional nature of these revelations, a thorn was given to me and placed in my body. It was Satan's messenger to keep on tormenting me so that I would not become conceited.

Ezekiel 24:18

So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died that evening. The next morning, I did as I had been commanded.

2 Corinthians 11:23

Are they the Messiah's servants? I am insane to talk like this, but I am a far better one! I have been involved in far greater efforts, far more imprisonments, countless beatings, and have faced death more than once.

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 wasn't because of the man who did the wrong or because of the man who was hurt. Instead, I wrote to you so that your devotion to us might be made perfectly clear to you before God.

2 Corinthians 12:20

I am afraid that I may come and somehow find you not as I want to find you, and that you may find me not as you want to find me. Perhaps there will be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly conduct.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

Ministers » Support of » Unfaithful, general references to

Micah 3:11

Her leaders judge for the money, her priests teach only when they're paid, and her prophets prophesy for cash. Even so, don't they all rely on the LORD as they ask, "The LORD is among us, is he not? Nothing bad can possibly happen to us!'

Jeremiah 6:13

"Indeed, from the least important to the most important, they're all greedy for dishonest gain. From prophet to priest, they all act deceitfully.

Isaiah 56:10

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge. They are all dumb dogs they cannot bark. They keep on dreaming and lying around, and they're lovers of sleep!

Jeremiah 23:11

Indeed, both priest and prophet are ungodly. Even in my house I find evil," declares the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14

Your prophets look on your behalf; they see false and deceptive visions. They did not expose your sins in order to restore what had been captured. Instead, they crafted oracles for you that are false and misleading.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

They were greatly disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people and announcing that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip began to speak, and, starting from this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.

Acts 9:20

He immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "This is the Son of God."

Acts 10:36

He has sent his word to the descendants of Israel and brought them the good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah. This man is the Lord of everyone.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

They were greatly disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people and announcing that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip began to speak, and, starting from this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.

Acts 9:20

He immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "This is the Son of God."

Acts 10:36

He has sent his word to the descendants of Israel and brought them the good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah. This man is the Lord of everyone.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Acts 6:6

They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Deuteronomy 34:9

Now Nun's son Joshua was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had placed his hands on him, so Israelis listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

James 1:25

But the one who looks at the perfect law of freedom and remains committed to it thereby demonstrating that he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of what that law requires will be blessed in what he does.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Matthew 10:27

What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops.

Luke 9:60

But he told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim 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 darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops.

Luke 9:60

But he told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim 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 must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out grain," and, "A worker deserves his pay."

1 Corinthians 9:14

In the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who proclaim the gospel should make their living from the gospel.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out grain," and, "A worker deserves his pay."

1 Corinthians 9:14

In the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who proclaim the gospel should make their living from the gospel.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

She must be well known for her good actions as a woman who has raised children, welcomed strangers, washed the saints' feet, helped the suffering, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.

More verses: 1 Peter 4:9

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

John 21:17

Jesus told him, "Take care of my sheep." He asked him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was deeply hurt that he had asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" So he told him, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!"

Ezekiel 34:23

""Then I'll install one shepherd for them my servant David and he will feed them, will be there for them, and will serve as their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

I'll raise up shepherds over them, and they'll shepherd them. My flock will no longer be afraid or terrified, and none will be missing," declares the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Remuneration of » Shepherds

John 21:17

Jesus told him, "Take care of my sheep." He asked him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was deeply hurt that he had asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" So he told him, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!"

Ezekiel 34:23

""Then I'll install one shepherd for them my servant David and he will feed them, will be there for them, and will serve as their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

I'll raise up shepherds over them, and they'll shepherd them. My flock will no longer be afraid or terrified, and none will be missing," declares the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:5

As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our appeal to you does not spring from deceit, impure motives, or trickery.

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

Moreover, those who have believing masters should be respectful to them, because they are fellow believers. In fact, they must serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers and dear to them. These are the things you must teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

Moreover, those who have believing masters should be respectful to them, because they are fellow believers. In fact, they must serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers and dear to them. These are the things you must teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

If that sentinel notices that violence is approaching, but does not sound an alarm, then because the nation does not take warning and the sword arrives and destroys their lives because of their guilt, I'll seek retribution for their shed blood from the one who was acting as sentinel.'"

Ezekiel 3:1-17

Then he told me, "Son of Man, eat! Eat what you see this scroll and then go talk to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll. Then he told me, "Son of Man, fill your stomach and digest this scroll that I'm giving you." So I ate it, and it was like sweet honey in my mouth. read more.
Then he told me, "Son of Man, go to the house of Israel and tell them what I have to say to them, because you're not going to a people whose speech you cannot understand or whose language is difficult to speak. Instead, you're going to the house of Israel. This isn't a large group of people whose speech is unintelligible to you or whose language is difficult for you to comprehend. Frankly, if I had sent you to that kind of people, they would certainly have listened to you! But the house of Israel won't listen to you, since they weren't willing to listen to me. That's because the entire house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted. So pay attention! I'm going to make you just as obstinate and unyielding as they are. I'm making you harder than flint like diamond! So you are not to fear them or be intimidated by how they look at you, since they're a rebellious group." Next, he told me, "Son of Man, take to heart every word that I'm telling you. Listen carefully, then go immediately to the exiles; that is, to your people's descendants, and tell them, "This is what the Lord GOD says"' whether they listen or not." Then the Spirit lifted me up and I heard a great earthquake behind me and the glory of the LORD arose from his place, accompanied by the sound of the wings of the living creatures gently touching each other and with the sound of the wheels emanating from the front, accompanied by a great earthquake. Then the Spirit lifted me up and carried me away. I went bitterly with an angry attitude as the hand of the LORD rested on me. I came to the exiles at Tel-abib by the Chebar River and sat down among them for seven days, appalled. At the end of the seven days, this message from the LORD came to me: "Son of Man," he said, "I've appointed you to be a watchman over the house of Israel. Therefore when you hear a message that comes from me, you are to warn them for me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a living fragrance. Who is qualified for this?

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If what a person has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.

Matthew 24:47

I tell all of you with certainty, he will put him in charge of all his property.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I preach voluntarily, I get a reward, but if I am unwilling to do it, I am still entrusted with that obligation. What, then, is my reward? It is to be able to preach the gospel free of charge, and so I never resort to demanding my rights when I'm preaching the gospel.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

It is not as though we did not have that right, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.

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

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

Ephesians 6:19

Pray also for me, so that, when I begin to speak, the right words will come to me. Then I will boldly make known the secret of the gospel,

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

1 Thessalonians 2:11

You know very well that we treated each of you the way a father treats his children.

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

1 Corinthians 2:1

When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come and tell you about God's secret with rhetorical language or wisdom.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

"Upon your walls, Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen; all day and all night they won't remain silent. You who make mention of the LORD, take no rest,

Ezekiel 3:17

"Son of Man," he said, "I've appointed you to be a watchman over the house of Israel. Therefore when you hear a message that comes from me, you are to warn them for me.

Jeremiah 6:17

I appointed watchmen over you. Listen for the sound of the trumpet. But they said, "We won't listen!'

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

1 Thessalonians 3:9

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we have in God's presence 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

Hezekiah also directed the people who lived in Jerusalem to give what was due to the priests and descendants of Levi, so they could be strengthened in the LORD's Law.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of its grapes? Or who takes care of a flock and does not drink any of its milk? I am not saying this on human authority, am I? The Law says the same thing, doesn't it? For in the Law of Moses it is written, "You must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." God is not only concerned about oxen, is he? read more.
Isn't he really speaking for our benefit? Yes, this was written for our benefit, because the one who plows should plow in hope, and the one who threshes should thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap material benefits from you?

Ministers » Should not be » Greedy of filthy lucre

Ministers » Are bound, to » Feed the church

John 21:15-17

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" Peter told him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my lambs." Then he asked him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter told him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus told him, "Take care of my sheep." He asked him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was deeply hurt that he had asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" So he told him, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!"

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

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

But Timothy has just now returned from visiting you and has told us the good news about your faith and love. He also told us that you always have fond memories of us and want to see us, just as we want to see you. That's why, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we have been encouraged about you by your faith. For now we can go on living, as long as you continue to stand firm in the Lord. read more.
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we have in God's presence because of you?

Ministers » Should preach » With boldness

Isaiah 58:1

"Shout aloud! Don't hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Declare to my people their rebellions, and to the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 2:6

"Now as for you, Son of Man, never be afraid of them or of anything they have to say, because being with them will be like settling down to live among briers, thorn bushes, and scorpions! Don't be afraid of anything they have to say, and don't be awed by their appearance, since they are a rebellious group.

Matthew 10:27-28

What I tell you in darkness you must speak in the daylight, and what is whispered in your ear you must shout from the housetops. Stop being afraid of those who kill the body but can't kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.

Ministers » Should avoid giving unnecessary offence

2 Corinthians 6:3

We do not put an obstacle in anyone's way. Otherwise, fault may be found with our ministry.

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Don't become a stumbling block to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I myself try to please everybody in every way. I don't look out for my own benefit, but rather for the benefit of many people, so that they might 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. They are not to defile the name of their God, because they're the ones who bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire the food of their God so they are to be holy.

Exodus 28:36

"You are to make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave on it "Holy to the LORD,' like the engravings of a signet.

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 13:10

For this reason I am writing this while I am away from you: When I come I do not want to be severe in using the authority the Lord gave me to build you up and not to tear you down.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 13:10

For this reason I am writing this while I am away from you: When I come I do not want to be severe in using the authority the Lord gave me to build you up and not to tear you down.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

Indeed, the more your faith, speech, knowledge, enthusiasm, and love for us increase, the more we want you to be rich in this work of kindness.

1 Thessalonians 3:6

But Timothy has just now returned from visiting you and has told us the good news about your faith and love. He also told us that you always have fond memories of us and want to see us, just as we want to see you.

Ministers » Should preach » Christ crucified

Acts 8:35

Then Philip began to speak, and, starting from this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.

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

1 Corinthians 3:7

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is significant, but God, who keeps everything growing, is the one who matters.

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

2 Corinthians 1:14

just as you have already understood us partially, so that on the Day of our Lord Jesus we can be your reason to boast, even as you are ours.

2 Corinthians 2:3

This is the very reason I wrote you, so that when I did come I might not be made sad by those who should have made me happy. For I had confidence that all of you would share the joy that I have.

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

Have you been thinking all along that we are trying to defend ourselves before you? We are speaking before God in the authority of the Messiah, and everything, dear friends, is meant to build you up.

Ministers » Should not be » Men-pleasers

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

to submit yourselves to people like these and to anyone else who shares their labor and hard work.

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

Galatians 4:14

Even though my condition put you to the test, you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, or as if I were the Messiah Jesus.

Ministers » Should preach » Fully, and without reserve

Acts 20:20

I never shrank from telling you anything that would help you nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.

Acts 5:20

"Go, stand in the Temple, and keep on telling the people the whole message about this life they can have."

Ministers » Should be » Patient

Ministers » Qualified by God

Isaiah 6:5-7

"How terrible it will be for me!" I cried, "because I am ruined! I'm a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips! And my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, carrying a burning coal in his hand that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth and said, "Look! Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sins atoned for."

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God, who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

"But if that wicked servant says to himself, "My master has been delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow servants and eat and drink with the drunks, that servant's master will come on a day when he doesn't expect him and at an hour that he doesn't know. read more.
Then his master will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Ezekiel 33:6-8

If that sentinel notices that violence is approaching, but does not sound an alarm, then because the nation does not take warning and the sword arrives and destroys their lives because of their guilt, I'll seek retribution for their shed blood from the one who was acting as sentinel.'" "Now as for you, Son of Man, I've established you as a sentinel for the house of Israel. So whenever you hear a message from me, you are to warn the people from me. If I should say to a certain wicked person, "You wicked man, you're certainly about to die,' but you don't warn him to turn from his wicked behavior, he'll die in his guilt, but I'll seek retribution for his bloodshed from you.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

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

Philippians 1:17

The former proclaim the Messiah because they are selfishly ambitious and insincere, thinking that they will stir up trouble for me during my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Philippians 1:20-21

I rejoice because I eagerly expect and hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of, because through my boldness the Messiah will be exalted through me, now as always, whether I live or die. For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain.

Ministers » Should be » Prayerful

Ministers » When unfaithful » Described

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge. They are all dumb dogs they cannot bark. They keep on dreaming and lying around, and they're lovers of sleep! Meanwhile, the dogs have a mighty appetite they can never get enough. And as for them, they are the shepherds who lack understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, each and every one. ""Come!' they say, "let's have some wine, and let's fill ourselves with strong drink! Then, tomorrow will be like today, or even much better!'"

Titus 1:10-11

For there are many people who are rebellious, especially those who are converts from Judaism. They speak utter nonsense and deceive people. They must be silenced, because they are the kind of people who ruin whole families by teaching what they should not teach in order to make money in a shameful way.

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 child, I am instructing you in keeping with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may continue to fight the good fight

Ministers » Should be » Strict in ruling their own families

1 Timothy 3:12

Ministers must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.

Ministers » Should be » Apt to teach

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Help them

Philippians 4:3

Yes, I also ask you, my true partner, to help these women. They have worked hard with me to advance the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Romans 16:9

Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in the Messiah, and my dear friend Stachys.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

They treated my people's wound superficially, telling them, "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 person who listens to you listens to me, and the person who rejects you rejects me. The person 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 people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he's the messenger of the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.

Matthew 23:3

so do whatever they tell you and follow it, but stop doing what they do, because they don't do what they say.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

As they serve between the porch and the altar, let the priests and ministers of the LORD weep and pray: "Spare your people, LORD, and do not make your heritage a disgrace so that nations ridicule them. Why should they say among the people, "Where is their God?"'"

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

"You and your sons with you are not to drink wine that is, any intoxicating drink when you enter the Tent of Meeting. That way, you won't die. This is to be a perpetual 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 proclaim 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

"You are to bring your brother Aaron, along with his sons, from among the Israelis so they can serve as priests for me: that is, Aaron and his sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Hebrews 5:4

No one takes this honor upon himself but he is called to it by God, just as Aaron was.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Seek gain

Micah 3:11

Her leaders judge for the money, her priests teach only when they're paid, and her prophets prophesy for cash. Even so, don't they all rely on the LORD as they ask, "The LORD is among us, is he not? Nothing bad can possibly happen to 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

That statement is true. For this reason, refute them sharply so that they may become healthy in the faith

Ministers » Should preach » With consistency

2 Corinthians 1:18-19

As certainly as God is faithful, we haven't talked to you with mixed messages like that. For God's Son, Jesus the Messiah, who was preached among you by us by me, Silvanus, and Timothy was not "Yes" and "No." But with him it is always "Yes."

Ministers » Are bound, to » Exhort

Ministers » Should preach » Everywhere

Ministers » Sent by the holy ghost

Acts 13:4

After they had been sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus.

Ministers » Should preach » With good will and love

Philippians 1:15-17

Some are preaching the Messiah because of jealousy and dissension, while others do so because of their good will. The latter are motivated by love, because they know that I have been appointed to defend the gospel. The former proclaim the Messiah because they are selfishly ambitious and insincere, thinking that they will stir up trouble for me during my imprisonment.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

who comforts us in all our suffering, so that we may be able to comfort others in all their suffering, as we ourselves are being comforted by God. For as the Messiah's sufferings overflow into us, so also our comfort overflows through the Messiah. If we suffer, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are suffering.

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

just as I myself try to please everybody in every way. I don't look out for my own benefit, but rather for the benefit of many people, so that they might 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

No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow 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 about, for this obligation has been entrusted to me. How terrible it would be for me if I didn't preach the gospel!

Ministers » Specially protected by God

2 Corinthians 1:10

He has rescued us from a terrible death, and he will continue to rescue us. Yes, he is the one on whom we have set our hope, and he will rescue 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

But we have this treasure in clay jars to show that its extraordinary power comes from God and not from us.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » The eleven apostles

Matthew 28:16-19

The eleven disciples went into Galilee to the hillside to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him, though some had doubts. Then Jesus approached them and told them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. read more.
Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:25

Meanwhile, I thought it best to send Epaphroditus my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need back to you.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But you know his proven worth how like a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

Ministers » Should preach » With faithfulness

Ezekiel 3:17-18

"Son of Man," he said, "I've appointed you to be a watchman over the house of Israel. Therefore when you hear a message that comes from me, you are to warn them for me. "So when I say to a wicked person, "You're about to die,' if you don't warn or instruct that wicked person that his behavior is wicked so he can live, that wicked person will die in his sin, but I'll hold you responsible for his death.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

Then he told his disciples, "The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask 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 your life and your teaching. Persevere in these things, because if you do so, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

With God as my witness, as well as the Messiah Jesus and the chosen angels, I solemnly call on you to carry out these instructions without prejudice, doing nothing on the basis of partiality.

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:19

Elijah left there and located Shaphat's son Elisha, who was plowing, along with a total of twelve pairs of oxen. (He was plowing with the twelfth pair.) As Elijah passed by, he tossed his cloak at Elisha.

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

So ask 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 worker, who isn't the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, deserts the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf snatches them 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

So they drew lots for them, and when the lot fell on Matthias, he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Simeon

Acts 13:1

Now Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius from Cyrene, Manaen, who grew up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Titus

Ministers » Are bound, to » Convince gainsayers

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Philip

Pillars » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 1:18

"As for me, today I'm making you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall 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

So when James, Cephas, and John (who were reputed to be leaders) recognized the grace that had been given me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Ministers

Philippians 1:19

I know that this will result in my deliverance through your prayers and the help that comes from the Spirit of Jesus the Messiah.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Sent to those guilty of

Ezekiel 2:3-7

"Son of Man, I'm sending you to that rebellious people, the Israelis, who have rebelled against me the same way their ancestors did. And they're still rebels to this very day! They're stubborn and strong willed. I'm sending you to them to tell them what the LORD says. Whether this rebellious group listens to you or not, at least they'll realize that a prophet had appeared in their midst! read more.
"Now as for you, Son of Man, never be afraid of them or of anything they have to say, because being with them will be like settling down to live among briers, thorn bushes, and scorpions! Don't be afraid of anything they have to say, and don't be awed by their appearance, since they are a rebellious group. You are to tell them whatever I have to say to them, whether they listen or not, since they are rebellious."

Ezekiel 3:4-9

Then he told me, "Son of Man, go to the house of Israel and tell them what I have to say to them, because you're not going to a people whose speech you cannot understand or whose language is difficult to speak. Instead, you're going to the house of Israel. This isn't a large group of people whose speech is unintelligible to you or whose language is difficult for you to comprehend. Frankly, if I had sent you to that kind of people, they would certainly have listened to you! read more.
But the house of Israel won't listen to you, since they weren't willing to listen to me. That's because the entire house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted. So pay attention! I'm going to make you just as obstinate and unyielding as they are. I'm making you harder than flint like diamond! So you are not to fear them or be intimidated by how they look at you, since they're a rebellious group."

Mark 12:4-8

Again, the man sent another servant to them. They beat the servant over the head and treated him shamefully. Then the man sent another, and that one they killed. So it was with many other servants. Some of these they beat, and others they killed. He still had one more person to send, a son whom he loved. Finally, he sent him to them, saying, "They will respect my son.' read more.
But those farmers told one another, "This is the heir. Come on, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!' So they grabbed him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

"Remember and don't ever forget how you provoked the LORD your God in the desert. From the day that you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place you have been rebelling against the LORD.

Deuteronomy 31:27

because indeed I know your rebellion and stubbornness. Note that even while I'm still alive, you've been rebelling against the LORD how much more so after my death!

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

"Go now, and write it down on a tablet in their presence, inscribing it in a book, so that for times to come it may be an everlasting witness. For they are a rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to hear the LORD's instruction.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

However, don't rebel against the LORD or be afraid of the people who live in the land, because we'll gobble them right up. Their defenses will collapse, because the LORD is with us. You are not to be afraid of them."

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

"Son of Man, you are to listen to what I tell you. You are never to be rebellious like they are: a rebellious group. Now, open your mouth and eat what I'm giving you""

Salvation » Ministers » Should be clothed in

Psalm 132:16

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

2 Chronicles 6:41

"And now may the LORD God arise, to your place of rest, you, and the ark of your power! Let your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and cause your godly ones to find their joy in what is good.

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

2 Corinthians 2:15

To God we are the aroma of the Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.

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 by all possible means I might save some of them.

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

"So when I say to a wicked person, "You're about to die,' if you don't warn or instruct that wicked person that his behavior is wicked so he can live, that wicked person will die in his sin, but I'll hold you responsible for his death. If you warn the wicked person, and he doesn't repent of his wickedness or of his wicked behavior, he'll die in his sin, but you will have saved your own life.

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

2 Timothy 2:10

For that reason, I endure everything for the sake of those who have been chosen so that they, too, may receive the salvation that is in the Messiah Jesus, along with eternal glory.

Salvation » Ministers » Should labor to lead others to

Salvation » Ministers » Show the way of

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

and to give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins.

Shepherds » Illustrative » Ministers » Of the gospel

Jeremiah 23:4

I'll raise up shepherds over them, and they'll shepherd them. My flock will no longer be afraid or terrified, and none will be missing," declares the LORD.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, hospitable to strangers, and teachable. He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but instead be gentle. He must not be argumentative or love money.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who kept talking to them and urging them to continue in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

For now we can go on living, as long as you continue to stand firm in the Lord.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hold on to the pattern of healthy teachings that you have heard from me, along with the faith and love that are in the Messiah Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us, protect the good treasure that has been entrusted to you.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

"I've made you an assayer of my people, as well as a fortress. You know how to test their way."

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Ezekiel 24:18

So I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died that evening. The next morning, I did as I had been commanded.

Ministers, Description Of

Exodus 28:1

"You are to bring your brother Aaron, along with his sons, from among the Israelis so they can serve as priests for me: that is, Aaron and his sons Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Unfaithful Ministers

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge. They are all dumb dogs they cannot bark. They keep on dreaming and lying around, and they're lovers of sleep!

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