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Bible Concordances

Torrey's Topical Textbook

Ministers

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  • Called by God
    Exodus 28:1; Hebrews 5:4

  • Qualified by God
    Isaiah 6:5-7; 2 Corinthians 3:5,6

  • Commissioned by Christ
    Matthew 28:19

  • Sent by the Holy Spirit
    Acts 13:2,4

  • Have authority from God
    2 Corinthians 10:8; 13:10

  • Authority of, is for edification
    2 Corinthians 10:8; 13:10

  • Separated to the gospel
    Romans 1:1

  • Entrusted with the gospel
    1 Thessalonians 2:4

  • DESCRIBED AS
    • Ambassadors for Christ
      2 Corinthians 5:20
    • Ministers of Christ
      1 Corinthians 4:1
    • Stewards of the mysteries of God
      1 Corinthians 4:1
    • Defenders of the faith
      Philippians 1:7
    • The servants of Christ's people
      2 Corinthians 4:5

  • Specially protected by God
    2 Corinthians 1:10

  • Necessity for
    Matthew 9:37,38; Romans 10:14

  • Excellency of
    Romans 10:15

  • Labours of, vain, without God's blessing
    1 Corinthians 3:7; 15:10

  • Compared to earthen vessels
    2 Corinthians 4:7

  • SHOULD BE
    • Pure
      Isaiah 52:11; 1 Timothy 3:9
    • Holy
      Exodus 28:36; Leviticus 21:6; Titus 1:8
    • Humble
      Acts 20:19
    • Patient
      2 Corinthians 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:24
    • Blameless
      1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:7
    • Willing
      Isaiah 6:8; 1 Peter 5:2
    • Disinterested
      2 Corinthians 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:6
    • Impartial
      1 Timothy 5:21
    • Gentle
      1 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 2:24
    • Devoted
      Acts 20:24; Philippians 1:20,21
    • Strong in grace
      2 Timothy 2:1
    • Self-denying
      1 Corinthians 9:27
    • Sober, just, and temperate
      Leviticus 10:9; Titus 1:8
    • Hospitable
      1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8
    • Apt to teach
      1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:24
    • Studious and meditative
      1 Timothy 4:13,15
    • Watchful
      2 Timothy 4:5
    • Prayerful
      Ephesians 3:14; Philippians 1:4
    • Strict in ruling their own families
      1 Timothy 3:4,12
    • Affectionate to their people
      Philippians 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:8,11
    • Ensample to the flock
      Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:9; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 5:3

  • SHOULD NOT BE
    • Lords over God's heritage
      1 Peter 5:3
    • Greedy of filthy lucre
      Acts 20:33; 1 Timothy 3:3,8; 1 Peter 5:2
    • Contentious
      1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7
    • Crafty
      2 Corinthians 4:2
    • Men-pleasers
      Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4
    • Easily dispirited
      2 Corinthians 4:8,9; 6:10
    • Entangled by cares
      Luke 9:60; 2 Timothy 2:4
    • Given to wine
      1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7

  • Should seek the salvation of their flock
    1 Corinthians 10:33

  • Should avoid giving unnecessary offence
    1 Corinthians 10:32,33; 2 Corinthians 6:3

  • Should make full proof of their ministry
    2 Timothy 4:5

  • ARE BOUND TO
    • Preach the gospel to all
      Mark 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:17
    • Feed the Church
      Jeremiah 3:15; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2
    • Build up the Church
      2 Corinthians 12:19; Ephesians 4:12
    • Watch for souls
      Hebrews 13:17
    • Pray for their people
      Joel 2:17; Colossians 1:9
    • Strengthen the faith of their people
      Luke 22:32; Acts 14:22
    • Teach
      2 Timothy 2:2
    • Exhort
      Titus 1:9; 2:15
    • Warn affectionately
      Acts 20:31
    • Rebuke
      Titus 1:13; 2:15
    • Comfort
      2 Corinthians 1:4-6
    • Convince gainsayers
      Titus 1:9
    • War a good warfare
      1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 4:7
    • Endure hardness
      2 Timothy 2:3

  • SHOULD PREACH
    • Christ crucified
      Acts 8:5,35; 1 Corinthians 2:2
    • Repentance and faith
      Acts 20:21
    • According to the oracles of God
      1 Peter 4:11
    • Everywhere
      Mark 16:20; Acts 8:4
    • Not with enticing words of man's wisdom
      1 Corinthians 1:17; 2:1,4
    • Not setting forth themselves
      2 Corinthians 4:5
    • Without deceitfulness
      2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:3,5
    • Fully, and without reserve
      Acts 5:20; 20:20,27; Romans 15:19
    • With boldness
      Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 2:6; Matthew 10:27,28
    • With plainness of speech
      2 Corinthians 3:12
    • With zeal
      1 Thessalonians 2:8
    • With constancy
      Acts 6:4; 2 Timothy 4:2
    • With consistency
      2 Corinthians 1:18,19
    • With heedfulness
      1 Timothy 4:16
    • With good will and love
      Philippians 1:15-17
    • With faithfulness
      Ezekiel 3:17,18
    • Without charge, if possible
      1 Corinthians 9:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:9

  • Woe to those who do not preach the gospel
    1 Corinthians 9:16

  • WHEN FAITHFUL
    • Approve themselves as the ministers of God
      2 Corinthians 6:4
    • Thank God for his gifts to their people
      1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:9
    • Glory in their people
      2 Corinthians 7:4
    • Rejoice in the faith and holiness of their people
      1 Thessalonians 3:6-9
    • Commend themselves to the consciences of men
      2 Corinthians 4:2
    • Are rewarded
      Matthew 24:47; 1 Corinthians 3:14; 9:17,18; 1 Peter 5:4

  • WHEN UNFAITHFUL
    • Described
      Isaiah 56:10-12; Titus 1:10,11
    • Deal treacherously with their people
      John 10:12
    • Delude men
      Jeremiah 6:14; Matthew 15:14
    • Seek gain
      Micah 3:11; 2 Peter 2:3
    • Shall be punished
      Ezekiel 33:6-8; Matthew 24:48-51

  • THEIR PEOPLE ARE BOUND, TO
    • Regard them as God's messengers
      1 Corinthians 4:1; Galatians 4:14
    • Not to despise them
      Luke 10:16; 1 Timothy 4:12
    • Attend to their instructions
      Malachi 2:7; Matthew 23:3
    • Follow their holy example
      1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17
    • Imitate their faith
      Hebrews 13:7
    • Hold them in reputation
      Philippians 2:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; 1 Timothy 5:17
    • Love them
      2 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Thessalonians 3:6
    • Pray for them
      Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:19; Hebrews 13:18
    • Obey them
      1 Corinthians 16:16; Hebrews 13:17
    • Give them joy
      2 Corinthians 1:14; 2:3
    • Help them
      Romans 16:9; Philippians 4:3
    • Support them
      2 Chronicles 31:4; 1 Corinthians 9:7-11; Galatians 6:6

  • Pray for the increase of
    Matthew 9:38

  • Faithful-Exemplified
    • The Eleven Apostles
      Matthew 28:16-19
    • The seventy
      Luke 10:1,17
    • Matthias
      Acts 1:26
    • Philip
      Acts 8:5
    • Barnabas
      Acts 11:23
    • Simeon, &c
      Acts 13:1
    • Paul
      Acts 28:31
    • Tychicus
      Ephesians 6:21
    • Timothy
      Philippians 2:22
    • Epaphroditus
      Philippians 2:24
    • Archippus
      Colossians 4:17
    • Titus
      Titus 1:5

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Bibliography Information
Torrey, Reuben Archer. Entry for 'Ministers'. Torrey's Topical Textbook. https://www.studylight.org/concordances/eng/ttt/m/ministers.html. 1897.

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