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Faithful Ministers Versus False and Corrupt Ministers: A Brief Overview with Compiled Resources
By Chris Lawson

 

Faithful Ministers Versus False and Corrupt Ministers

A Brief Overview with Compiled Resources

By Chris Lawson

 

In an age of mass confusion as to what a "Christian Minister" actually is and does, the following compilation is given in order to help clarify what the Bible teaches about what a biblical "minister," or "servant" is, and does, as opposed to what false, corrupt and deceitful ministers are and do.

In the church today, many people say a minister needs an extra special "laying-on-of-hands impartation" [holy-laughter-type] in order to receive an "anointing"  in order to "minister" to people.  Some proclaim they are "God's Generals," "Super-Apostles," and  apostles of what false prophet/false teacher C. Peter Wagner has coined as the New Apostolic Reformation."   Others say they are "Boiler-room" prayer warriors [Mike Bickle - IHOP], "Prophetic-prayer" Christians, "Healing-room ministers," "Warfare-prayer soldiers," "Anointed-ones," "visionaries," "seers," "prophets" who have "word's from God," "synergistic-teachers," "Christian Intuitives" [occultism], "Christian "Reiki Masters" [occultism], "Christian Therapeutic Touch practitioners" [occultism], Christian "healers," "Christian yoga ministers" and more.  Many also who believe in the false teachings of the Dominionist Latter-Rain movement are claiming to be a part of "Joel's Army."  Christian as "Joel's Army"?  The army of locusts described in the book of Joel is actually a judgment from God, which is very clear as one reads the text in context in the book of Joel.

It is very clear that a normal and straightforward reading of Scripture never produces these and many more foolish errors as to what a Christian minister is and does.  It is the conjuring up of perverted interpretations of Scripture that lead to unbiblical ideas and  dangerous practices that people are getting involved with, or have already steeped themselves in.

The following references, along with the straightforward and normal reading of the biblical text, should suffice in order to clear up the misconceptions about what a biblical minister is and is not.

Easton's Bible Dictionary defines what a "Minister" is:

Minister - one who serves, as distinguished from the master.

(1.) Heb. meshereth, applied to an attendant on one of superior rank, as to Joshua, the servant of Moses (Ex. 33:11), and to the servant of Elisha (2 Kings 4:43). This name is also given to attendants at court (2 Chr. 22:8), and to the priests and Levites (Jer. 33:21; Ezek. 44:11).

(2.) Heb. pelah (Ezra 7:24), a "minister" of religion. Here used of that class of sanctuary servants called "Solomon's servants" in Ezra 2:55-58 and Neh. 7:57-60.

(3.) Greek leitourgos, a subordinate public administrator, and in this sense applied to magistrates (Rom. 13:6). It is applied also to our Lord (Heb. 8:2), and to Paul in relation to Christ (Rom. 15:16).

(4.) Greek hyperetes (literally, "under-rower"), a personal attendant on a superior, thus of the person who waited on the officiating priest in the synagogue (Luke 4:20). It is applied also to John Mark, the attendant on Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:5).

(5.) Greek diaconos, usually a subordinate officer or assistant employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel, as to Paul and Apollos (1 Cor. 3:5), Tychicus (Eph. 6:21), Epaphras (Col. 1:7), Timothy (1 Thess. 3:2), and also to Christ (Rom. 15:8).  [1]

Smith's Bible Dictionary explains what a "Minister" is:

Minister - This term is used in the Authorized Version to describe various officials of a religious and civil character. Its meaning, as distinguished from servant, is a voluntary attendant on another. In the Old Testament it is applied (1) to an attendance upon a person of high rank, (Exodus 24:13; Joshua 1:1; 2 Kings 4:43) (2) to the attaches of a royal court, (1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chronicles 22:8) comp. Psal 104:4 (3) To the priests and Levites. (Ezra 8:17; Nehemiah 10:36; Isaiah 61:6; Ezekiel 44:11; Joel 1:9,13) One term in the New Testament betokens a subordinate public administrator, (Romans 13:6; 15:16; Hebrews 8:2) one who performs certain gratuitous public services. A second term contains the idea of actual and personal attendance upon a superior, as in (Luke 4:20) The minister's duty was to open and close the building, to produce and replace the books employed in the service, and generally to wait on the officiating priest or teacher. A third term, diakonos (from which comes our word deacon), is the one usually employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel: its application is twofold,--in a general sense to indicate ministers of any order, whether superior or inferior, and in a special sense to indicate an order of inferiors ministers. [Deacon]  [2]

Smith's Bible Dictionary also explains what a "Deacon" is:

Deacon - The office described by this title appears in the New Testament as the correlative of bishop. [Bishop] The two are mentioned together in (Philemon 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:2,8) Its original meaning implied a helper, an assistant. The bishops were the "elders," the deacons the young active men, of the church. The narrative of Acts 6 is commonly referred to as giving an account of the institution of this office. The apostles, in order to meet the complaints of the Hellenistic Jews that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration, call on the body of believers to choose seven men "full of the Holy Ghost and of wisdom," whom they "may appoint over this business." It may be questioned, however, whether the seven were not appointed to higher functions than those of the deacons of the New Testament. Qualifications and duties. Special directions as to the qualifications for and the duties of deacons will be found in Acts 6 and (1 Timothy 3:8-12) From the analogy of the synagogue, and from the scanty notices in the New Testament, we may think of the deacons or "young men" at Jerusalem as preparing the rooms for meetings, distributing alms, maintaining order at the meetings, baptizing new converts, distributing the elements at the Lord's Supper.  [3]

Contrary to what godly servants/ministers do, the Bible clearly reveals what false and corrupt ministers are characterized by.  Nave's Topical Index [of the Bible] clearly delineates this in the listing below, showing what false and corrupt ministers are all about.  This list reveals the importance that God places on exposing false and corrupt ministers.  The Holy Spirit clearly has placed these references throughout the entirety of Scripture in order to warn God's people against spiritual deceivers and counterfeit ministers - and the outcome and judgment of such.

FALSE AND CORRUPT

De 13:1-5; 18:20-22; 1Ki 12:31; 2Ch 29:34; 30:15; Ne 13:29; Pr 19:27; Isa 3:12; 5:20; 8:19,20; 9:14-16; 28:7; 29:10,11; 30:10; 43:27,28; 44:20; 56:10-12; Jer 2:8; 5:13,14,30,31; 6:13,14; 8:10,11; 10:21; 12:10; 13:20; 14:13-16; 23:1,2,11,14-16,21,25-39; 27:9-18; 48:10; 50:6; La 2:14; 4:13,14; Eze 13:1-23; 14:9,10; 22:25,26,28; 34:1-31; 44:8,10; Ho 4:6,8-13; 5:1; 6:9; 9:7,8; Am 2:11,12; Mic 2:11; 3:5-7,11; Zep 3:4; Zec 10:3; 11:4,5,16,17; 13:2-5; Mal 1:6-10; 2:1-3,8,9; Mt 5:19; 7:15,22,23; 15:9,14; 20:20-27; 23:3,4,13; 24:4,5,24,26,48-51; Mr 9:33-35; 10:35-37; 13:21,22; Lu 6:39; 9:46; 11:35,46-52; 12:45,46; 21:8; 22:24; Joh 3:10; 5:43; 10:1,5,8,10-13; Ac 20:29,30; Ro 2:19-25; 16:17,18; 1Co 3:1-4,10-16,21; 11:18,19; 2Co 2:17; 11:1-31; Ga 1:6-8; 5:10; Eph 4:14; Php 1:15,16; 3:2; Col 2:4,8,18,19; 1Ti 1:3-7,19; 4:1-3,7; 6:3-5,20,21; 2Ti 2:14-18; 3:6-9,13; 4:3; Tit 1:10-14; 3:10,11; Heb 13:9; 2Pe 2:1-22; 3:16; 1Jo 2:18,26; 4:1-3,5; 2Jo 1:7-10; 3Jo 1:10; Jude 1:4-11; Re 2:1,2,12,14,15,18,20-23  [4]

INSTANCES OF

Aaron - Nu 12:1-12
Nadab and Abihu - Le 10:1,2
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram - Nu 16
Eli's sons - 1Sa 2:12-17,22,25,28,29
Samuel's sons - 1Sa 8:1-3; 1Ch 6:28
The old prophet of Beth-el - 1Ki 13:11-32
Jonathan - Jud 17:7-13; 18
Noadiah - Ne 6:14
Priests under Jehoash - 2Ki 12:7; 2Ch 24:5,6
Hezekiah - 2Ch 30:3,5
Priests and Levites - Ezr 2:61,62; 9:1,2; 10:18-24; Ne 13:4-13,28,29; Zec 7:5,6
Hananiah - Jer 28
Jonah - Jon 1:1-6
Rulers in the temple - Mt 16:6-12; 23:16; Lu 12:1
Caiaphas - Mt 26:2,3,57,63-65; Joh 11:49-51; 18:14
Judas Iscariot - Mt 26:14-16,21-25,47-50; 27:3-5; Joh 12:4-6; Ac 1:18
Simon the sorcerer - Ac 8:9-11
Judaizers - Ac 15:1; Ga 3; 4; 5; 6
Diotrephes - 3Jo 1:9
Elymas (Bar-Jesus) - Ac 13:6-11
Hymenaeus - 1Ti 1:20; 2Ti 2:17
Philetus - 2Ti 2:17,18   [5]

Now that we have somewhat defined what a Christian minister/servant is, and what false and corrupt ministers are and do, we will look at a listing of what true biblical ministers/servants are and do.

Naves Topical Index also lists a full range of characteristics, roles and activities of Christian ministers.  The following list gives examples of how godly ministers/servants served the LORD in New Testament as well as Old Testament times.  This extensive list is given in order to show the vastness of how biblical servants serve for the glory of God.

MINISTER, Christian ;
(a sacred teacher)

Called

  • AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST - 2Co 5:20
  • ANGELS OF THE CHURCH - Re 1:20; 2:1
  • APOSTLES - Lu 6:13; Re 18:20
  • APOSTLES OF JESUS CHRIST - Tit 1:1
  • DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH - Php 1:7
  • ELDERS - 1Ti 5:17; 1Pe 5:1
  • EVANGELISTS - Eph 4:11; 2Ti 4:5
  • FISHERS OF MEN - Mt 4:19; Mr 1:17
  • LABORERS - Mt 9:38; with Phm 1:1
  • LABORERS IN THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST - 1Th 3:2
  • LIGHTS - Joh 5:35
  • MEN OF GOD - De 33:1; 1Ti 6:11
  • MESSENGERS OF THE CHURCH - 2Co 8:23

MESSENGERS OF THE LORD OF HOSTS - Mal 2:7

MINISTERS OF

  • GOD - Isa 61:6; 2Co 6:4
  • OF THE LORD - Joe 2:17
  • CHRIST - Ro 15:16; 1Co 4:1
  • OF THE SANCTUARY - Eze 45:4
  • OF THE GOSPEL - Eph 3:7; Col 1:23
  • OF THE WORD - Lu 1:2
  • OF THE NEW TESTAMENT - 2Co 3:6
  • OF THE CHURCH - Col 1:24,25
  • OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - 2Co 11:15

OVERSEERS - Ac 20:28

PASTORS - Jer 3:15; Joh 21:16-18; Eph 4:11

PREACHERS - Ro 10:14; 1Ti 2:7

PREACHERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - 2Pe 2:5

SERVANTS

  • OF GOD - Tit 1:1; Jas 1:1
  • OF THE LORD - 2Ti 2:24
  • OF JESUS CHRIST - Php 1:1; Jude 1:1
  • OF THE CHURCH - 2Co 4:5
  • SHEPHERDS - Jer 23:4
  • SOLDIERS OF CHRIST - Php 2:25; 2Ti 2:3,4
  • STARS - Re 1:20; 2:1
  • STEWARDS OF GOD - Tit 1:7
  • OF THE GRACE OF GOD - 1Pe 4:10
  • OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD - 1Co 4:1

TEACHERS - Isa 30:20; Eph 4:11

WATCHMEN - Isa 62:6; Eze 33:7

WITNESSES - Ac 1:8; 5:32; 26:16

WORKERS TOGETHER WITH GOD - 2Co 6:1

Compared to sowers - Ps 126:6; Mt 13:3-8; Mr 4:3-20; Lu 8:5-8

Teachers of schools - 1Sa 19:20; 2Ki 2:3,5,15; 4:38; 2Ch 15:3; 17:7-9; Ac 13:1

Hired - Jud 18:4

Exempt from taxation - Ezr 7:24

Non-partisan in politics - 2Sa 15:24-27

Influential in public affairs

  • Designate kings - 1Sa 9:15,16; 10:1; 16:1-13
  • Recommend civil and military appointments - 2Ki 4:13

Expostulate with rulers

  • Samuel with Saul - 1Sa 13:11-14; 15:10-31
  • Nathan with David - 2Sa 12:1-14
  • Elijah with Ahab - 1Ki 18:17,18

Tact of - 1Co 9:20-23; 10:23,28-33; 2Co 12:16

Recreations for - Mr 6:31,32,45

Say good-bye to the congregation - Ac 20:17-38

Personal bearing of - Tit 2:7,8

Preach without authority - Ga 1:15-24; 2:1-9

Patience of - Jas 5:10

Work of, will be tried - 1Co 3:12-15

Responsibility of - Eze 3:17-21; 33:8; Mt 10:14-40; Ac 18:6; 20:26,27

Speaking evil of, forbidden - Jude 1:8-10

Marriage of - Le 21:7-15; Mt 8:14; 1Co 9:5; 1Ti 3:2,12; Tit 1:5-7

Incorruptible

  • Balaam - Nu 22:18,37,38; 23:8,12; 24:12-14; with 2Pe 2:15,16
  • Micaiah - 1Ki 22:13,14
  • Peter - Ac 8:18-23

Love of, for the ekklesia (the body of Christ), exemplified by Paul - Php 1:7; 1Th 1:2-4; 2:8,11

Kindness to:

  • Ebed-melech to Jeremiah, - Jer 38:7-13

Fear of - 1Sa 16:4

Examples to the flock - Php 3:17; 2Th 3:9; 1Ti 4:12; 1Pe 5:3

Intolerance of - Mt 15:23; 19:13; Mr 10:13; Lu 18:15

Message of, rejected - Eze 33:30-33

Inconsistent - Mt 27:3-7

God's care of - 1Ki 17:1-16; 19:1-18; Isa 30:20; Mt 10:29-31; Lu 12:6,7

Their calling glorious - 2Co 3:7-11

Discouragements of - Isa 53:1; Eze 3:8,9,14; Hab 1:2,3; Mt 13:57; Mr 6:3,4; Lu 4:24; Joh 4:44

Defended - Jer 26:16-19

Beloved - Ac 20:37,38; 21:5,6

Sent forth in teams of two

  • Disciples - Mr 6:7
  • Paul and Barnabas - Ac 13:2,3
  • Judas and Silas - Ac 15:27
  • Barnabas and Mark - Ac 15:37,39
  • Paul and Silas - Ac 15:40
  • Paul and Timothy - Ac 16:1-4
  • Paul and Titus - 2Co 8:19,23
  • Timothy and Erastus - Ac 19:22
  • Titus and a companion - 2Co 12:18

See TRIALS AND PERSECUTIONS OF, below

CALL OF - Ex 28:1; Nu 3:5-13; 1Sa 3:4-10; 1Ki 19:16,19; 1Ch 23:13; Isa 6:8-10; Jer 1:5; Am 2:11; Jon 1:1,2; 3:1,2; Mt 4:18-22; 9:9; Mr 1:17-20; 2:14; Lu 10:1,2; Joh 1:43; Ac 13:2,3; 20:24; 22:12-15; 26:14-18; Ro 1:1; 10:14,15; 1Co 1:1,27,28; 9:16-19; 2Co 1:1; 5:18-20; Ga 1:15,16; Eph 3:7,8; 4:11,12; Col 1:1,25-29; 4:17; 1Ti 1:12-14; 2:7; 2Ti 1:11; Tit 1:3; Heb 5:4

  • See - PRIESTS
  • See - LEVITES
  • See PERSONAL CALL
  • See - EXCUSES

CHARACTER AND ATTRIBUTES OF - Le 10:3-11; 21:6; Nu 16:9,10; De 32:1-3; 1Sa 2:35; 12:7; 2Ch 6:41; 29:11; Ezr 7:10; Ps 68:11; Pr 11:30; Isa 6:5-8; 32:20; 52:11; Jer 1:7,8; 3:15; 20:9; Eze 34:1-31; Mal 2:6,7; Mt 10:16-24; 11:25,26; 13:51,52; 20:25-28; 23:8-11; 24:45; Lu 6:39; 10:21; 12:42-44; 22:27; 24:49; Joh 3:27,34; 4:36-38; 10:2-5,11-15; 13:13-17; 15:20,21; 17:16-18,20; Ac 1:8; 4:8,31; 6:3,4; 20:22-24; Ro 2:21-23; 1Co 1:23,27-30; 2:2; 3:7-10; 4:10-13; 9:16-23,27; 15:10; 2Co 2:15-17; 3:6-10; 4:1-10; 5:11,18-20; 6:3-7; 10:1,2,8; 13:10; Ga 2:8; 6:17; Php 3:17; 1Th 2:3-12; 1Ti 3:1-15; 5:17,21; 6:11,13,14,20,21; 2Ti 1:6-8,13,14; 2:1-7,14-16,20-26; 3:14,16,17; Tit 1:5-9,13,14; 2:1,7,8,15; 3:1,2,8,9; Heb 5:1-3,12-14; 13:6,7,9,17; Jas 3:1,13,16,17; 1Pe 4:10,11

CHARGE DELIVERED TO - Nu 18:1-7; 27:18-23; De 31:7,8,14-23; Jos 1:1-9; Eze 3:4; Mt 10:5-42; Mr 6:11; Lu 10:1-16; 1Ti 1:18-20; 2:1-15; 3:1-16; 4:1-16; 5:1-22; 6:1-21; 2Ti 1:6-13; 2:1-26; 3:1-17; 4:1-8

COURAGE OF

  • See - COURAGE
  • See - FAITHFULNESS IN REPROOF

DUTIES OF - Ex 4:12; Le 10:8-11; Jos 1:8; 2Ki 17:27,28; 2Ch 29:11; Isa 40:1-3,9,11; 52:11; 57:14; 58:1; 62:6,7; Jer 1:7,8,17-19; 4:15; 6:27; 15:19-21; 23:4,22,28; 26:2; Eze 2:6-8; 3:8-10,17-21,27; 6:11; 33:1-9; 34:2-31; 44:23; Joe 1:13-15; 2:17; Jon 1:2; Na 1:15; Hab 2:2; Mal 2:7; Mt 7:6; 10:7,11-13,16,25,27,28; 16:19; 18:5,6,18; 20:25-28; 28:19,20; Mr 10:43-45; Lu 9:48; 22:32; 24:48; Joh 3:34; 4:35-38; 15:27; 20:23; 21:15-17; Ac 1:21,22; 5:20; 6:2,4; 10:42; 16:4; 18:9,10; 20:28; 22:15; 26:16-18; Ro 1:14,15; 12:3-8; 1Co 1:16; 4:1,2,21; 9:16,17; 2Co 1:24; 4:1,2,5; 5:14,18,20; 6:3-10; 7:4-9,12,15; 8:23; 10:8; 12:15,19; 13:2,10; Ga 1:10; Eph 3:8-10; 4:11,12; 6:20; Col 4:17; 1Th 2:4-8,10-12; 3:2; 5:12; 2Th 3:4; 1Ti 1:3,4,11,18,19; 2:7; 4:6,7,12-16; 5:1-3,7-11,19-22; 6:3,4,10-14,17-21; 2Ti 1:6-8; 2:2-7,14-16,23-25; 4:1,2,5; 1Pe 5:1-4; 2Pe 1:12-16

  • See CHARGE DELIVERED TO, above

DUTIES OF THE CHURCH TO - De 1:38; 3:28; 31:7; Mal 2:7; 1Co 11:1,2; 16:15,16; Php 3:17; Col 4:10; 1Th 5:12,13; Heb 13:7,17,18

EMOLUMENTS (BENEFITS) OF - Nu 18:20; De 10:9; 14:27; 18:1,2; Jos 13:14,33; 18:7; Jer 31:14; Eze 44:28; Mt 10:9,10; Mr 6:8; Lu 10:7,8; 22:35,36; Joh 4:36; Ac 20:33,34; 1Co 9:1-23; 2Co 1:14,15; 11:7-9; 12:13-18; Ga 6:6; Php 4:10-18; 1Th 2:5,6,9; 2Th 3:7-9; 1Ti 5:18; 3Jo 1:7

  • See - PRIESTS
  • See - LEVITES
  • See (BENEFITS) OF

FAITHFUL - INSTANCES OF

  • Moses - De 4:26; 30:19; Heb 3:2,5
  • Micaiah - 2Ch 18:12,13
  • Azariah - 2Ch 26:16-20
  • Balaam - Nu 22:18,38; 23:8,12; 24:12-14
  • Nathan - 2Sa 12:1-14
  • Isaiah - Isa 22:4,5; 39:3-7
  • Jeremiah - Jer 17:16; 26:1-15; 28; 37:9,10,16-18
  • John the Baptist - Mt 3:2-12; Mr 6:18-28; Lu 3:7-9,19
  • Peter - Ac 8:18-23
  • Paul - Ac 20:26,27; Col 1:7
  • The apostles - Ac 3:12-26; 4:9-13,19,20,31; 5:21,29-32

HOSPITALITY TO

  • Woman of Zarephath to Elijah - 1Ki 17:10-16
  • The Shunammite woman to Elisha - 2Ki 4:8-10
  • The foreigners to Paul - Ac 28:1-10
  • Simon the tanner to Peter - Ac 9:43
  • The Philippian jailer - Ac 16:33,34
  • Aquila and Priscilla (Prisca)
  • To Paul - Ac 18:3
  • To Apollos - Ac 18:26
  • Justus to Paul - Ac 18:7
  • Philip the evangelist to Paul - Ac 21:8-10

ORDINATION OF

  • Of Matthias - Ac 1:26
  • Of the seven servants (or, deacons; Greek: diakonoi) - Ac 6:5,6
  • Of Paul and Barnabas - Ac 13:3
  • Timothy - 1Ti 4:14
  • See - PRIESTS
  • See - LEVITES

PRAYER FOR, ENJOINED - Mt 9:37,38; Lu 10:2; Ro 15:30-32; 2Co 1:11; Eph 6:18-20; Php 1:19; Col 4:2-4; 1Th 5:25; 2Th 3:1,2; Phm 1:22; Heb 13:18,19

PRAYER FOR, EXEMPLIFIED - 2Ch 6:41; Ps 132:9; Ac 1:24,25; 4:29; 6:6; 12:5; 14:23

PROMISES TO, JOYS OF - 2Sa 23:6,7; Ps 126:5,6; Jer 1:7-10,17-19; 20:11; Da 12:3; Mt 10:28-31; 28:20; Lu 12:11,12; 24:49; Joh 4:36-38; Ac 1:4,5,8; 1Co 9:9,10; 2Co 2:14-16; 7:6,7; Php 2:16; 1Th 2:13,19,20; 3:8,9; 3Jo 1:4

See PROMISES TO RIGHTEOUS,

SUCCESS ATTENDING

  • Jonah - Jon 1:5,6,9,14,16; 3:4-9
  • Apostles - Ac 2:1-4,41
  • Philip - Ac 8:6,8,12
  • Peter - Ac 9:32-35
  • Paul - Ac 13:16-43; 1Co 4:15; 9:2; 15:11; 2Co 3:2,3; 12:12; 13:4; Php 2:16; 1Th 1:5
  • Apollos - Ac 18:24-28
  • See - REVIVALS

TRIALS AND PERSECUTIONS OF - 1Ki 19:1-10; Isa 20:2,3; Eze 24:15-18; Ho 1:2; Am 5:10; 7:10-17; Mt 10:16-27; 23:34; Joh 13:16; 1Co 2:1-4; 4:9-13; 2Co 6:4-10; 7:5; 11:23-33; 12:7-12; Ga 4:13,14; Eph 3:1,13

FALSELY ACCUSED

  • See FALSE ACCUSATION
  • See PERSECUTION also

INSTANCES OF PERSECUTION

  • Micaiah - 1Ki 22:24-27
  • Hanani - 2Ch 16:10
  • Zechariah - 2Ch 24:20,21
  • The apostles - Ac 5:17-42
  • Peter - Ac 12:3-19
  • Paul - Ac 9:23-25,29,30; 14:6-20; 16:11-40; 17:1-13; 20:3; 21:27-40; 22:18,21,24-30; 23:11-35; 24; 25; 26; 2Co 11:31-33; Ga 1:21-24; 2Ti 1:8,16; 2:9; 4:16,17
  • See - ELIJAH
  • See - JEREMIAH

ZEALOUS

  • Titus - 2Co 8:16,17
  • Epaphroditus - Php 2:25-30
  • Epaphras - Col 4:12,13
  • Tychicus - Col 4:7
  • John, in his vision - Re 5:4,5  [6]
     

In light of all of the foregoing, a Christian minister is one who serves Christ faithfully and selflessly for the glory of God.  As far as qualifications for preachers and elders in the church are concerned, biblical ministers are to be men who can teach (1 Tim. 3:2) and who are diligent (1 Cor. 15:10), faithful (Rom.15:17-19), and impartial (1 Tim. 5:21).  They are to be industrious (2 Cor. 10:12-16), meek [humble] (2 Tim.2:25), obedient (Acts 16:9-10), persevering (2 Cor. 11:23-33), prayerful (Acts 6:4), willing to suffer (Acts 20:22-24), sincere (2 Cor. 4:1,2), Spirit-filled (Acts 1:8), studious (1 Tim. 4:13, 15), sympathetic [empathetic] (Heb. 5:2), temperate (1 Cor. 9:25-27), willing to serve (1 Pet. 5:2), and worthy of imitation (1 Tim. 4:12).  [7]

They are to avoid all sins including arrogance (1 Pet. 5:3), contentiousness (Titus 1;7), discouragement (2 Cor. 4:8-9), insincerity (Phil. 1:15-16), perverting the truth (2 Cor. 11:13-15), and any and all forms of unfaithfulness (Matt. 24:48-51). [8]

As for the the biblical preacher/ministers duties, he is to do many of the aforementioned tasks, and in particular to preach the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17), Christ crucified (1 Cor. 1:23), Christ resurrected (1 Cor. 15:1-4), Christ's riches (Eph. 3:8-12), feed the Church (John 21:15-17), edify the Church (Eph. 4:12), pray for people (Col. 1:9), teach the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:2), exhort (Titus 1:9), rebuke (Titus 2:15), warn of apostasy (2 Tim. 4:2-5), comfort (2 Cor. 1:4-6), and of course, seek to win souls (1 Cor. 9:19-23). [9]

As for the rest of the church, believers are to prayer for ministers (Eph 6:18-20), follow the example of faithful ministers [not false teachers] (1 Cor. 11:1), obey ministers [faithful and biblical ones] (Heb. 13:17), esteem them highly (1 Thess. 5:12,13) and as God leads, provide for them (1 Cor. 9:16-18). [10]

 

Endnotes:

1. Easton's Bible Dictionary, http://www.htmlbible.com/kjv30/easton/east2556.htm (Accessed 9/20/11)

2. Smith's Bible Dictionary, http://www.htmlbible.com/kjv30/smith/smith2948.htm (Accessed 9/20/11)

3. Smith's Bible Dictionary, http://www.htmlbible.com/kjv30/smith/smith1132.htm (Accessed 9/20/11)

4. Nave's Topical Index, http://www.htmlbible.com/kjv30/nave/nave3381.htm (Accessed 9/20/11)

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid.

7. The Open Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), p. 229.

8. Ibid., p. 229.

9. Ibid.

10. Ibid.

 

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