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Ministers


1. Called by God. Ex 28:1; Heb 5:4.

2. Qualified by God. Isa 6:5-7; 2Co 3:5,6.

3. Commissioned by Christ. Mt 28:19.

4. Sent by the Holy Spirit. Ac 13:2,4.

5. Have authority from God. 2Co 10:8; 13:10.

6. Authority of, is for edification. 2Co 10:8; 13:10.

7. Separated to the gospel. Ro 1:1.

8. Entrusted with the gospel. 1Th 2:4.

9. Described as

a. Ambassadors for Christ. 2Co 5:20.

b. Ministers of Christ. 1Co 4:1.

c. Stewards of the mysteries of God. 1Co 4:1.

d. Defenders of the faith. Php 1:7.

e. The servants of Christ’s people. 2Co 4:5.

10. Specially protected by God. 2Co 1:10.

11. Necessity for. Mt 9:37,38; Ro 10:14.

12. Excellency of. Ro 10:15.

13. Labours of, vain, without God’s blessing. 1Co 3:7; 15:10.

14. Compared to earthen vessels. 2Co 4:7.

15. Should be

a. Pure. Isa 52:11; 1Ti 3:9.

b. Holy. Ex 28:36; Le 21:6; Tit 1:8.

c. Humble. Ac 20:19.

d. Patient. 2Co 6:4; 2Ti 2:24.

e. Blameless. 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:7.

f. Willing. Isa 6:8; 1Pe 5:2.

g. Disinterested. 2Co 12:14; 1Th 2:6.

h. Impartial. 1Ti 5:21.

i. Gentle. 1Th 2:7; 2Ti 2:24.

j. Devoted. Ac 20:24; Php 1:20,21.

k. Strong in grace. 2Ti 2:1.

l. Self-denying. 1Co 9:27.

m. Sober, just, and temperate. Le 10:9; Tit 1:8.

n. Hospitable. 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:8.

o. Apt to teach. 1Ti 3:2; 2Ti 2:24.

p. Studious and meditative. 1Ti 4:13,15.

q. Watchful. 2Ti 4:5.

r. Prayerful. Eph 3:14; Php 1:4.

s. Strict in ruling their own families. 1Ti 3:4,12.

t. Affectionate to their people. Php 1:7; 1Th 2:8,11.

u. Ensample to the flock. Php 3:17; 2Th 3:9; 1Ti 4:12; 1Pe 5:3.

16. Should not be

a. Lords over God’s heritage. 1Pe 5:3.

b. Greedy of filthy lucre. Ac 20:33; 1Ti 3:3,8; 1Pe 5:2.

c. Contentious. 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7.

d. Crafty. 2Co 4:2.

e. Men-pleasers. Ga 1:10; 1Th 2:4.

f. Easily dispirited. 2Co 4:8,9; 6:10.

g. Entangled by cares. Lu 9:60; 2Ti 2:4.

h. Given to wine. 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7.

17. Should seek the salvation of their flock. 1Co 10:33.

18. Should avoid giving unnecessary offence. 1Co 10:32,33; 2Co 6:3.

19. Should make full proof of their ministry. 2Ti 4:5.

20. Are bound to

a. Preach the gospel to all. Mr 16:16; 1Co 1:17.

b. Feed the Church. Jer 3:15; Joh 21:15-17; Ac 20:28; 1Pe 5:2.

c. Build up the Church. 2Co 12:19; Eph 4:12.

d. Watch for souls. Heb 13:17.

e. Pray for their people. Joe 2:17; Col 1:9.

f. Strengthen the faith of their people. Lu 22:32; Ac 14:22.

g. Teach. 2Ti 2:2.

h. Exhort. Tit 1:9; 2:15.

i. Warn affectionately. Ac 20:31.

j. Rebuke. Tit 1:13; 2:15.

k. Comfort. 2Co 1:4-6.

l. Convince gainsayers. Tit 1:9.

m. War a good warfare. 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 4:7.

n. Endure hardness. 2Ti 2:3.

21. Should preach

a. Christ crucified. Ac 8:5,35; 1Co 2:2.

b. Repentance and faith. Ac 20:21.

c. According to the oracles of God. 1Pe 4:11.

d. Everywhere. Mr 16:20; Ac 8:4.

e. Not with enticing words of man’s wisdom. 1Co 1:17; 2:1,4.

f. Not setting forth themselves. 2Co 4:5.

g. Without deceitfulness. 2Co 2:17; 4:2; 1Th 2:3,5.

h. Fully, and without reserve. Ac 5:20; 20:20,27; Ro 15:19.

i. With boldness. Isa 58:1; Eze 2:6; Mt 10:27,28.

j. With plainness of speech. 2Co 3:12.

k. With zeal. 1Th 2:8.

l. With constancy. Ac 6:4; 2Ti 4:2.

m. With consistency. 2Co 1:18,19.

n. With heedfulness. 1Ti 4:16.

o. With good will and love. Php 1:15-17.

p. With faithfulness. Eze 3:17,18.

q. Without charge, if possible. 1Co 9:18; 1Th 2:9.

22. Woe to those who do not preach the gospel. 1Co 9:16.

23. When faithful

a. Approve themselves as the ministers of God. 2Co 6:4.

b. Thank God for his gifts to their people. 1Co 1:4; Php 1:3; 1Th 3:9.

c. Glory in their people. 2Co 7:4.

d. Rejoice in the faith and holiness of their people. 1Th 3:6-9.

e. Commend themselves to the consciences of men. 2Co 4:2.

f. Are rewarded. Mt 24:47; 1Co 3:14; 9:17,18; 1Pe 5:4.

24. When unfaithful

a. Described. Isa 56:10-12; Tit 1:10,11.

b. Deal treacherously with their people. Joh 10:12.

c. Delude men. Jer 6:14; Mt 15:14.

d. Seek gain. Mic 3:11; 2Pe 2:3.

e. Shall be punished. Eze 33:6-8; Mt 24:48-51.

25. Their people are bound, to

a. Regard them as God’s messengers. 1Co 4:1; Ga 4:14.

b. Not to despise them. Lu 10:16; 1Ti 4:12.

c. Attend to their instructions. Mal 2:7; Mt 23:3.

d. Follow their holy example. 1Co 11:1; Php 3:17.

e. Imitate their faith. Heb 13:7.

f. Hold them in reputation. Php 2:29; 1Th 5:13; 1Ti 5:17.

g. Love them. 2Co 8:7; 1Th 3:6.

h. Pray for them. Ro 15:30; 2Co 1:11; Eph 6:19; Heb 13:18.

i. Obey them. 1Co 16:16; Heb 13:17.

j. Give them joy. 2Co 1:14; 2:3.

k. Help them. Ro 16:9; Php 4:3.

l. Support them. 2Ch 31:4; 1Co 9:7-11; Ga 6:6.

26. Pray for the increase of. Mt 9:38.

27. Faithful-Exemplified

a. The Eleven Apostles. Mt 28:16-19.

b. The seventy. Lu 10:1,17.

c. Matthias. Ac 1:26.

d. Philip. Ac 8:5.

e. Barnabas. Ac 11:23.

f. Simeon, &c. Ac 13:1.

g. Paul. Ac 28:31.

h. Tychicus. Eph 6:21.

i. Timothy. Php 2:22.

j. Epaphroditus. Php 2:24.

k. Archippus. Col 4:17.

l. Titus. Tit 1:5.