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15 Bible Verses about Ministers

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Ephesians 4:11-12

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints in the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of the Christ

2 Corinthians 11:15

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers 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 set upon a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on the lampstand, and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.

Conversion » Through the instrumentality of » Ministers

1 Thessalonians 1:9

For they themselves tell of us what an entrance we had unto you and in what manner ye were converted to God from idols to serve the living and true God

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which generate questions other than that the edification of God is by faith.

Faithfulness » Especially required in » Ministers

Light » Illustrative of » Ministers

John 5:35

He was a burning and a shining light, and ye were willing to rejoice for one hour in his light.

Love to man » Should be exhibited, toward » Ministers

Ministers » Divinely appointed

Ministers » Work of preaching » Examples of

1 Peter 4:6

Because for this cause was the gospel preached also to those that are dead, that they might be judged in flesh according to men, but live in spirit according to God.

Revelation 14:6

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel that he might evangelize those that dwell on the earth and every nation and kindred and tongue and people,

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

Ezekiel 24:18

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

1 Corinthians 4:11

Even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst and are ill clad and are buffeted and have no certain dwellingplace

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

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

2 Corinthians 7:12

So that, though I wrote unto you, I did it not only for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I desire and that I shall be found unto you such as ye desire not, lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, rumours, tumults,

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

Ministers » Support of » Unfaithful, general references to

Jeremiah 6:13

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them each one is given to greed; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one deals falsely.

Isaiah 56:10

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber.

Jeremiah 23:11

For both prophet and priest are feigned; even in my house I have found their wickedness, said the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14

Nun Thy prophets have preached vanity and foolishness unto thee; and they have not uncovered thine iniquity to turn away thy captivity but have preached unto thee vain prophecies and digressions.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

resentful that they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him the gospel of Jesus.

Acts 9:20

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

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

resentful that they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him the gospel of Jesus.

Acts 9:20

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

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Acts 6:6

these they set before the apostles, and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Deuteronomy 34:9

And Joshua, the son of Nun, was full of the Spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him; and the sons of Israel hearkened unto him and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

James 1:25

But whosoever has looked attentively into the perfect law of liberty and has persevered in it, not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, the same shall be blessed in their deed.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead, but go thou and declare the kingdom of God.

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » Required to preach the gospel

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead, but go thou and declare 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 saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

having a good testimony of good works, if she has brought up well her children, if she has exercised hospitality, if she has washed the feet of the saints, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has 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 said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

And I will raise up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my slave David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more nor be dismayed neither shall they be lacking, said the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Remuneration of » Shepherds

John 21:17

He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

And I will raise up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my slave David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more nor be dismayed neither shall they be lacking, said the LORD.

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation was not of error nor of uncleanness nor in guile,

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

And those that have faithful masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren, but rather serve them better, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. Teach and exhort this.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

And those that have faithful masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren, but rather serve them better, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. Teach and exhort this.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

But if the watchman should see the sword coming and not blow the shofar and the people not be warned, if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away because of his iniquity; but his blood I will 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 that I give thee. I ate it and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. read more.
Then he said unto me, Son of man, go and enter into the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a profound speech nor of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; not to many peoples of profound speech nor of hard language, whose words thou can not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not desire to hear; for they do not desire to hear me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As diamond harder than flint I have made thy forehead: do not fear them, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, and enter in among the captives, unto the sons of thy people, and thou shalt speak unto them, and tell them, Thus hath the Lord GOD said, They will not hear, nor forbear. And the Spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of great thunder of the blessed glory of the LORD leaving his place, and the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of great thunder. And the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. And I came unto the captives at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there disheartened among them seven days. And it came to pass at the end of the seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have placed thee as a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

to the one we are the savour of death unto death and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If the work of anyone abides which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

Matthew 24:47

Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

1 Corinthians 9:17-18

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, the stewardship of the gospel is committed unto me. What reward, then, shall I have? That preaching the gospel, I may make the gospel of the Christ without charge, that I abuse not my authority in the gospel.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

Not because we did not have authority, but to give you an example that you might imitate us.

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

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience in all things desiring to conduct ourselves well.

Ephesians 6:19

and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

1 Thessalonians 2:11

as ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father with his children,

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

1 Corinthians 2:1

And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with puffed up speech or wisdom to declare unto you the testimony of God.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night; ye that make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent

Ezekiel 3:17

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

Jeremiah 6:17

Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the shofar. But they said, We will not hearken.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:9

For what thanks can we render to God again for you for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes 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

Moreover, 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 the LORD.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? or who feeds a flock and does not eat of the milk of the flock? Do I say this only according to men? or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God take care for oxen? read more.
Or does he say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope, and that he that threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap material things from you?

Ministers » Should not be » Greedy of filthy lucre

Ministers » Are bound, to » Feed the church

John 21:15-17

So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He said unto him, Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my lambs. He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He said unto him, Yes, Lord thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

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

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

But now when Timothy came from you unto us and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you. Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our tribulation and need by your faith; for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. read more.
For what thanks can we render to God again for you for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God,

Ministers » Should preach » With boldness

Isaiah 58:1

Cry aloud, do not hold back; lift up thy voice like a shofar and preach to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sin.

Ezekiel 2:6

And thou, son of man, do not be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, for they are rebels; though thou find thyself among thorns and thy dwelling be with briers, do not be afraid of their words, nor fear before them, for they are a rebellious house.

Matthew 10:27-28

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light, and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye from the housetops. And fear not those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ministers » Should avoid giving unnecessary offence

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Be without offense, neither to the Jews nor to the Gentiles nor to the congregation of God; even as I please everyone in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Ministers » Should be » Disinterested

1 Thessalonians 2:6

nor did we seek glory of men neither of you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome unto you as the apostles of Christ.

Ministers » Should preach » Without charge, if possible

Ministers » Should be » Holy

Leviticus 21:6

They shall be holy unto their God and not profane the name of their God; for the offerings of the LORD made by fire and the bread of their God they do offer; therefore, they shall be holy.

Exodus 28:36

Thou shalt also make an open flower of pure gold and engrave upon it the engravings of a seal, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 13:10

Therefore I write these things being absent lest being present I should treat you with more severity, according to the power which the Lord has given me for edification, and not for destruction.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 13:10

Therefore I write these things being absent lest being present I should treat you with more severity, according to the power which the Lord has given me for edification, and not for destruction.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith and in word and in knowledge and in all diligence and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

1 Thessalonians 3:6

But now when Timothy came from you unto us and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you.

Ministers » Should preach » Christ crucified

Acts 8:35

Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him the gospel of Jesus.

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

1 Corinthians 3:7

So then neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters, but God that gives the increase.

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

2 Corinthians 1:14

as also ye have known in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 2:3

And I wrote this same unto you, lest when I came, I should have grief from those of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy 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

Again, do ye think that we excuse ourselves unto you? We speak before God in Christ, but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

Ministers » Should not be » Men-pleasers

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

that ye submit yourselves unto such and to each one that helps and labours.

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

Ministers » Should preach » Fully, and without reserve

Acts 20:20

and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you and have taught you publicly and from house to house,

Ministers » Should be » Patient

Ministers » Qualified by God

Isaiah 6:5-7

Then I said, Woe is me! for I am dead because 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, the LORD of the hosts. Then one of the seraphim flew unto me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched thy lips; and it shall take away thy guilt, and thy sin shall be cleansed.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God, who also has made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

But and if that evil slave shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming, and shall begin to smite his fellowslaves and even to eat and drink with the drunken, the lord of that slave shall come in a day when he does not look for him and in an hour that he is not aware of read more.
and shall cut him off and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:6-8

But if the watchman should see the sword coming and not blow the shofar and the people not be warned, if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away because of his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die for his sin; but I will require his blood at thine hand.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

If thou put these things before the brethren, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, unto which thou hast attained.

Philippians 1:17

but the others out of charity, knowing that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel.

Ministers » Should be » Devoted

Philippians 1:20-21

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

Ministers » Should be » Prayerful

Ministers » When unfaithful » Described

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber. And these anxious dogs are insatiable, and even the shepherds did not know enough to understand: they all look to their own ways, each one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, or much more excellent.

Titus 1:10-11

For there are many insubordinate and vain talkers and deceivers of souls, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths it is expedient to stop, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest 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 I commit unto thee, son Timothy, so that according to past prophecies regarding thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare;

Ministers » Should be » Strict in ruling their own families

1 Timothy 3:12

Let the deacons be the husbands of only one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Ministers » Should be » Apt to teach

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Help them

Philippians 4:3

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women who laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also and with my other fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Romans 16:9

Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

They treat also the destruction 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 despises you despises me, and he that despises me despises him that sent me.

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

Matthew 23:3

therefore, whatever they bid you to observe, observe it and do it, but do not act according to their works, for they say and do not do it.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Forgive thy people, O LORD, and do not give thine heritage to reproach that the Gentiles should rule over her: why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee when ye go into the tabernacle of the testimony, lest ye die; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations;

Ministers » Should not be » Entangled by cares

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead, but go thou and declare 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 cause Aaron, thy brother, to come unto thee with his sons, from among the sons of Israel, that they may be my priests, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Hebrews 5:4

And no one takes this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

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 witness is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Ministers » Should preach » With consistency

2 Corinthians 1:18-19

But God is faithful that our word toward you has not been yes and no. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, has not been yes and no, but in him was yes.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Exhort

Ministers » Should preach » Everywhere

Ministers » Sent by the holy ghost

Acts 13:4

So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed unto Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Ministers » Should preach » With good will and love

Philippians 1:15-17

Some indeed preach the Christ even out of envy and strife, but others also out of good will. Some preach the Christ out of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add tribulation to my bonds, but the others out of charity, knowing that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For in the same manner that the sufferings of the Christ abound in us, so also our consolation abounds by Christ. And if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and saving health, which is effected in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and saving health.

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

even as I please everyone in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of 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 though I preach the gospel, I have no reason to glory, for it is an obligation laid upon me; for woe is me, if I do not preach the gospel!

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 of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

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 vessels that the excellency of the virtue may be of God, and not of us.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » The eleven apostles

Matthew 28:16-19

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. read more.
Go ye therefore and teach 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

Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and companion in labour and fellowsoldier, but your messenger and he that ministered to my needs.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

Ministers » Should preach » With faithfulness

Ezekiel 3:17-18

Son of man, I have placed thee as a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die and thou dost not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, that he might live, the same wicked man shall die for his iniquity; but his blood I will require at thine hand.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

Then he said unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Ministers » Should preach » With heedfulness

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Ministers » Call of, examples of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:19

So he departed from there and found Elisha, the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon 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

pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers 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

But the hireling, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches 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 forth their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Simeon

Acts 13:1

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

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Titus

Ministers » Are bound, to » Convince gainsayers

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Philip

Pillars » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 1:18

For, behold, I have made thee this day as a defenced city and as an iron pillar and as a wall of brass upon all the earth against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land.

Galatians 2:9

and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision.

Intercessory prayer » Should be offered up for » Ministers

Philippians 1:19

For I know that this shall become my saving health through your prayer and the nourishment 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 sons of Israel, to rebellious Gentiles that have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have rebelled against me, even unto this very day. And to sons that have hard faces and strong hearts do I send thee; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus hath the Lord GOD said. And they will not hear nor forbear (for they are a rebellious house), but they shall know that there has been a prophet among them. read more.
And thou, son of man, do not be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, for they are rebels; though thou find thyself among thorns and thy dwelling be with briers, do not be afraid of their words, nor fear before them, for they are a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, but they will not hear nor forbear, for they are rebels.

Ezekiel 3:4-9

Then he said unto me, Son of man, go and enter into the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a profound speech nor of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; not to many peoples of profound speech nor of hard language, whose words thou can not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. read more.
But the house of Israel will not desire to hear; for they do not desire to hear me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As diamond harder than flint I have made thy forehead: do not fear them, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.

Mark 12:4-8

And again he sent unto them another slave, and casting stones at him, they wounded him in the head and sent him away shamefully handled. And again he sent another, and him they killed and many others, beating some and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. read more.
But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the place shall be ours. And taking hold of him, they killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

Remember, and forget not, how thou hast provoked the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

Deuteronomy 31:27

For I know thy rebellion and thy stiff neck; behold, while I am yet alive with you today, ye are rebels against the LORD, and how much more after my death?

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

Now go, write this vision before them on a tablet and note it in a book that it may remain unto the last day, for ever, unto all ages. That this is a rebellious people, lying sons, sons that did not desire to hear the law of the LORD:

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

Therefore, do not be rebels against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land, for they are our bread; their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

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

Salvation » Ministers » Should be clothed in

Psalm 132:16

I will also clothe her priests with saving health, and her merciful ones shall shout aloud for joy.

2 Chronicles 6:41

Now, therefore, arise, O LORD God, to inhabit thy resting place, thou and the ark of thy strength; let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation and let thy merciful ones rejoice in goodness.

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

2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in those that are saved and in those that perish;

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

1 Corinthians 9:22

To the weak I became as weak, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to everyone, that I might by all means save some.

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die and thou dost not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, that he might live, the same wicked man shall die for his iniquity; but his blood I will require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness nor from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

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

2 Timothy 2:10

Therefore, I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the saving health 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

she followed Paul and us and cried out, saying, These men are the slaves of the most high God, who announce unto us the way of deliverance.

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

giving knowledge of saving health unto his people for the remission of their sins

Shepherds » Illustrative » Ministers » Of the gospel

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more nor be dismayed neither shall they be lacking, said the LORD.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

It is expedient, therefore, that the bishop be blameless, the husband of only one wife, vigilant, temperate, of worldly affections mortified, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, not hurtful, not greedy of dishonest gain, but gentle, not contentious, not covetous;

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

Now when the synagogue was dismissed, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to remain in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and charity which is in Christ Jesus. Keep the good deposit committed unto thee by the Holy Spirit which dwells in us.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people; thou shalt know and examine their way.

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Afflictions Of Ministers

Ezekiel 24:18

So 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 cause Aaron, thy brother, to come unto thee with his sons, from among the sons of Israel, that they may be my priests, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Unfaithful Ministers

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber.