Minister

Outline

1. The Ministerial Office

2. Qualifications

3. The Call

4. The Divine Comission

5. Ambassador for Christ

6. Actuated by the Spirit of Service

7. An Example to Others

8. Watchful of Certain Evils

9. Carelessness Condemned

10. The Great Reward

 

1. The Ministerial Office

 

1 Corinthians 4:1 So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mysteries.

 

Ephesians 4:11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.

 

1 Timothy 3:1 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.”

 

Titus 1:5 I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.

 

2. Qualifications

 

Titus 1:6-9 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 For an elder must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.  8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

 

3. The Call

 

Acts 26:16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future.

 

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.

 

4. The Divine Comission

 

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Acts 6:4 Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”

 

5. Ambassador for Christ

 

2 Corinthians 5:20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

 

6. Actuated by the Spirit of Service

 

Philippians 1:7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:8 We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

 

7. An Example to Others

 

Titus 2:7 And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

 

1 Peter 5:3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.

 

2 Corinthians 6:3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.

 

8. Watchful of Certain Evils

 

Acts 20:33 I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes.

 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

 

2 Timothy 2:4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

 

9. Carelessness Condemned

 

Jeremiah 48:10 Cursed are those who refuse to do the Lord’s work, who hold back their swords from shedding blood!

 

10. The Great Reward

 

Daniel 12:3 Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.

Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 04/15/2011