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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, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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Ezekiel 24:18

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

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Exodus 28:1

And take unto you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

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Isaiah 56:10-12

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

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2 Corinthians 11:15

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; 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 heaven.

Conversion » Through the instrumentality of » Ministers

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith that is in me.

1 Thessalonians 1:9

For they themselves show of us what manner of welcome we had unto you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

false Doctrines » Should be avoided by » Ministers

1 Timothy 1:4

Neither give heed to myths and endless genealogies, which cause questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Faithfulness » Especially required in » Ministers

Light » Illustrative of » Ministers

John 5:35

He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Love to man » Should be exhibited, toward » Ministers

Ministers » Divinely appointed

Colossians 1:23

If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature who is under heaven; of which I Paul am made a minister;

Ministers » Work of preaching » Examples of

1 Peter 4:6

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

Revelation 14:6

And I saw another angel fly in midheaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people,

Ministers » Support of » Afflictions of

2 Corinthians 12:7

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Ezekiel 24:18

So I spoke unto the people in the morning: and at evening 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 naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

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

2 Corinthians 7:12

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

2 Corinthians 11:28

Besides those things that are outside, that which comes upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

2 Corinthians 12:20

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

Galatians 4:11

I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:10

Ministers » Support of » Unfaithful, general references to

Micah 3:11

Her heads judge for reward, and her priests teach for hire, and her prophets divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? no evil can come upon us.

Jeremiah 6:13

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest everyone deals falsely.

Isaiah 56:10

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

Jeremiah 23:11

For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, says the LORD.

Lamentations 2:14

Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you: and they have not uncovered your iniquity, to turn away your captivity; but have given you false oracles and causes of banishment.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Christ the theme of

Acts 4:2

Being grieved 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 Jesus.

Acts 9:20

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

Ministers » Hospitality to » Message of

Acts 4:2

Being grieved 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 Jesus.

Acts 9:20

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

Ministers » Hospitality to » Ordination of

Acts 6:6

Whom 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 children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Ministers » Hospitality to » Promises to

Ministers » Work of preaching » Encouraged

Matthew 10:27

What I tell you in darkness, that speak in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach upon the housetops.

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but you go and preach 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, that speak in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach upon the housetops.

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but you go and preach the kingdom of God.

More verses: Luke 9:2 Acts 5:20

Ministers » Remuneration of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.

1 Corinthians 9:14

Even so has the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Ministers » Support of » In the Christian church

1 Timothy 5:18

For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.

1 Corinthians 9:14

Even so has the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Ministers » Hospitality to » The duty of

1 Timothy 5:10

Well reported of for good works; if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, 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, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Do you love me? And he said unto him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

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

Jeremiah 23:4

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, says 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, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Do you love me? And he said unto him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.

Ezekiel 34:23

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

Jeremiah 23:4

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

More verses: 1 Peter 5:2

Ministers » Should preach » Without deceitfulness

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

1 Thessalonians 2:3

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

Ministers » Work of preaching » As teachers of the word

1 Timothy 6:2

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are believers and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Teachers

1 Timothy 6:2

And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are believers and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

Ministers » Remuneration of » Responsibility of

Ezekiel 33:6

But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blows not the trumpet, and the people are not warned; if the sword comes, and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Ezekiel 3:1-17

Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this scroll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that scroll. And he said unto me, Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. read more.
And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of foreign speech and of a hard language, whose words you can not understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have hearkened unto you. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto you; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. Like adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead: fear them not, 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 you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears. And go, get you to them of the captivity, unto the children of your people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus says the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they refuse. Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a loud rumbling, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a noise of a loud rumbling. So 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. Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

2 Corinthians 2:16

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

Ministers » When faithful » Are rewarded

1 Corinthians 3:14

If any man's work abide 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, a stewardship of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my right in the gospel.

Ministers » Charges to » Honour due to

Ministers » Should be » Ensamples to the flock

2 Thessalonians 3:9

Not because we have not that right, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.

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

2 Corinthians 1:11

You also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons, thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Hebrews 13:18

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Ephesians 6:19

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

Romans 15:30

Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

Ministers » Should be » Affectionate to their people

1 Thessalonians 2:8

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us.

Philippians 1:7

Even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; since as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my grace.

1 Thessalonians 2:11

As you know how we exhorted and encouraged and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

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

1 Corinthians 2:4

And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2:1

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

Ministers » Work of preaching » Spiritual watchmen

Isaiah 62:6

I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.

Ezekiel 3:17

Son of man, I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore 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 trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

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

1 Corinthians 1:4

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

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 due to the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.

1 Corinthians 9:7-11

Who goes to warfare any time at his own expense? who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? or who feeds a flock, and eats not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or says not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God care for oxen? read more.
Or says he 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 your material things?

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, do you love me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, Lord; you know that I love you. He said unto him, Feed my lambs. He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? He said unto him, Yea, Lord; you know that I love you. He said unto him, Feed my sheep. He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Do you love me? And he said unto him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. 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 love, and that you have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were encouraged over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if you 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, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 2:6

And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Matthew 10:27-28

What I tell you in darkness, that speak in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach upon the housetops. And fear not them 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

2 Corinthians 6:3

Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed:

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Ministers » Should be » Disinterested

2 Corinthians 12:14

Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

1 Thessalonians 2:6

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

Ministers » Should preach » Without charge, if possible

1 Corinthians 9:18

What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my right in the gospel.

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

And you shall make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

Ministers » Authority of, is for edification

2 Corinthians 13:10

Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord has given me to edification, and not to destruction.

Ministers » Have authority from God

2 Corinthians 13:10

Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord has given me to edification, and not to destruction.

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Love them

2 Corinthians 8:7

Therefore, as you abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you 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 love, and that you 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 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 you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you 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 sorrow from them 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

2 Corinthians 4:8

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

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

Ministers » Are bound, to » Build up the church

2 Corinthians 12:19

Again, do you 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

Galatians 1:10

For do I now seek the favor of men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Ministers » Should be » Gentle

Ministers » Their people are bound, to » Obey them

1 Corinthians 16:16

That you submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that works with us, and labors.

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

Galatians 4:14

And my trial which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

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 said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphim 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, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.

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 covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Shall be punished

Matthew 24:48-51

But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, read more.
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:6-8

But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blows not the trumpet, and the people are not warned; if the sword comes, and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.

Ministers » Charges to » Good

1 Timothy 4:6

If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, which you have attained.

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

Philippians 1:4

Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

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, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his own quarter. Come you, they say, I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

Titus 1:10-11

For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who ruin whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain.

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

Ministers » Should be » Studious and meditative

1 Timothy 4:15

Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your progress may appear to all.

Ministers » Are bound, to » War a good warfare

1 Timothy 1:18

This charge I commit unto you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which were made concerning you, that you 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 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 entreat you also, true yokefellow, help those women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other of my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.

Romans 16:9

Greet Urbanus our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

Ministers » When unfaithful » Delude men

Jeremiah 6:14

They have healed also the hurt 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

Malachi 2:7

For the priest's lips should preserve knowledge, and they should seek the law from his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 23:3

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not according to their works: for they say, and do not.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Pray for their people

Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Ministers » Should be » Sober, just, and temperate

Leviticus 10:9

Do not drink wine nor strong drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations:

Ministers » Should not be » Entangled by cares

Luke 9:60

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but you go and preach 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 take unto you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

Hebrews 5:4

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

Ministers » When unfaithful » Seek gain

Micah 3:11

Her heads judge for reward, and her priests teach for hire, and her prophets divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? no evil can come upon us.

Ministers » Should preach » With constancy

Acts 6:4

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

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 as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silas and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

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 Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ out of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

Ministers » Should preach » With zeal

1 Thessalonians 2:8

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us.

Ministers » Are bound, to » Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:4-6

Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

Ministers » Should seek the salvation of their flock

1 Corinthians 10:33

Even as I please all men 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

1 Corinthians 9:27

But I roughly treat my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

Ministers » Woe to those who do not preach the gospel

1 Corinthians 9:16

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Ministers » Specially protected by God

2 Corinthians 1:10

Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

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

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

Ministers » Should preach » Not setting forth themselves

Ministers » When faithful » Glory in their people

2 Corinthians 7:4

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly 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

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ministers » Described as » Ministers of Christ

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ministers » Compared to earthen vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power 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 a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped 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 you 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 thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Timothy

Philippians 2:22

But you 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 made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.

Ministers » Described as » Defenders of the faith

Philippians 1:7

Even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; since as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my grace.

Ministers » Necessity for

Matthew 9:37-38

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

Ministers » Should preach » With heedfulness

1 Timothy 4:16

Take heed unto yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you.

Ministers » Should be » Impartial

1 Timothy 5:21

I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you 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

1 Peter 4:11

If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man ministers, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Ministers » Pray for the increase of

Matthew 9:38

Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers 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 he that is a hireling, and not the 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

Acts 20:19

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Ministers » Separated unto the gospel

Ministers » Faithful--exemplified » Matthias

Acts 1:26

And they cast 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 church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as 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 you this day a fenced city, and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land.

Galatians 2:9

And 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

2 Corinthians 1:11

You also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons, thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Philippians 1:19

For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Sent to those guilty of

Ezekiel 2:3-7

And he said unto me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stubborn. I do send you unto them; and you shall say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they refuse, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them. read more.
And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they refuse: for they are most rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:4-9

And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of foreign speech and of a hard language, whose words you can not understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have hearkened unto you. read more.
But the house of Israel will not hearken unto you; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. Like adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.

Mark 12:4-8

And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and 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 respect my son. read more.
But those tenants said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Remind » Past

Deuteronomy 9:7

Remember, and forget not, how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that you did depart out of the land of Egypt, until you came unto this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.

Deuteronomy 31:27

For I know your rebellion, and your stubbornness: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should testify against

Isaiah 30:8-9

Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come, forever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Should warn against

Numbers 14:9

Only rebel not against the LORD, neither fear you the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Rebellion against God » Ministers » Cautioned against

Ezekiel 2:8

But you, son of man, hear what I say unto you; Be not you rebellious like that rebellious house: open your mouth, and eat what I give you.

Salvation » Ministers » Should be clothed in

Psalm 132:16

I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

2 Chronicles 6:41

Now therefore arise, O LORD God, to your resting place, you, and the ark of your strength: let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints 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 fragrance of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

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

1 Corinthians 9:22

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

Salvation » Ministers » Should exhort to

Ezekiel 3:18-19

When I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turns not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

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

2 Timothy 2:10

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the 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

The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, who show unto us the way of salvation.

Salvation » Ministers » Give the knowledge of

Luke 1:77

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by 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, says the LORD.

Sobriety » Required in » Ministers

1 Timothy 3:2-3

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of money; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should pray for, in their people

2 Thessalonians 2:17

Encourage your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Should exhort to

Acts 13:43

Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Encouraged by, in their people

1 Thessalonians 3:8

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

Steadfastness » Ministers » Exhorted to

2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hold fast the pattern of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto you keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

Steadfastness » Ministers » Rejoiced by, in their people

Colossians 2:5

For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

Towers » Illustrative of » Ministers

Jeremiah 6:27

I have set you for a tester and a fortress among my people, that you may know and test their way.