1 Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt
be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and
of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
Just what is a good minister of Jesus
Christ? What are the qualities or qualifications of a minister? In this
teaching I hope to explore some Bible basics concerning this subject. By
the Holy Spirit, Apostle Paul covers the subject in-depth in the epistles
1-2 Timothy and Titus.
Let us see what the
God is the one who calls and sets into the offices.
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath
set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings,
governments, diversities of tongues.
Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some,
apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
There are many who stand behind pulpits
that were not called of God; their choice was more of a career decision
then a call.
God anoints those He calls
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord
is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them
that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the
Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost and with
power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of
for God was with him.
The anointing of the Holy
Spirit is the enablement of God to fulfill Godís call.
B. Some things
a good minister must do
1. Study to show self approved
2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
3:16 All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Notice what the Apostles said:
Acts 6:4 But we will give
ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the
A good minister of Jesus Christ must be
an avid student of Godís word. He or she must have that quality time in
prayer and study.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word;
be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
And they shall turn away [their]
ears from the truth, and shall be turned
In order to do this, Godís
servant must be rooted in Godís word.
We are to preach the word,
if necessary we are to reprove, rebuke and exhort, with
longsuffering and doctrine.
Have good Doctrine
The servant of the Lord must hold to
good solid Christian doctrine and be able to correct others who may be in
1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went
Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other
4 Neither give heed to fables and
endless genealogies, which minister
questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: [so do].
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity
out of a pure heart, and [of] a good
conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have
turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law;
understanding neither what they say, nor
whereof they affirm.
1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane
and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather
4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in
faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to
reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in
thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the
laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them;
that thy profiting may
appear to all.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in
them: for in doing
this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh
expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having
their conscience seared with a hot iron;
In the times that we live, the basic doctrines of
Christianity are under attack by not only the cults, and various religions
of the world, but also some main line denominations are in stages of
APOSTASY ( a falling away ). A falling away from the doctrines and
principles that Christians through out the ages have embraced and held
Many have forsaken sound biblical
teachings such as the Virgin birth, the Deity of Christ, His Second
Coming, He is the only way to God, The Doctrine of Sin etc. and have
replaced it with the philosophies of man.
Many seminaries have thrown
out the Bible as the source of truth and teaching and have adopted the
more acceptable philosophies of humanism. *Note (not all have)
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not
4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
4 And they shall turn away [their]
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
There are people who only
want to hear the bless me message, ďwhat is God going to give me.Ē
Therefore they will seek out only those teachers that they want to hear.
God forbid that someone would mention to them something concerning sin or
In many churches a God
fearing Pastor who seeks a God given message will be voted out and
replaced with a more suitable preacher, one who seeks to please the people
instead of God.
It is vitally important that
every Christian be rooted in good Christian doctrine, especially the
basics, the foundational teachings. Every pastor should make this a
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the
faith, as ye have
been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be
no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of
men, [and] cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Many Christians have been
tossed to and fro by the doctrines of the cults that go door to door in
their efforts to convert people to their sects. They succeed because
people donít know what they believe.
The word consecration means,
to set apart for sacred purposes. Ones heart and mindset must be: My life
belongs to God, for His purposes, to fulfill the call of God. God is Holy,
so also is the call of God; therefore the servant of the Lord must
maintain a holy lifestyle, which is a part of consecration.
2 Timothy 2:20-21
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of
silver; but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor and some
a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto
sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every
2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy,
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy
men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 10:24 The
disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord.
Shun some things
2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will
2 Ti 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid,
knowing that they do gender
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and
contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you,
brethren, mark them which cause divisions
and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise,
and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting
about questions and strifes of words,
whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt
minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing
that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with
contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into [this]
world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be
9 But they that will be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish
and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all
evil: which while some coveted after,
they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these
things; and follow after righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless
genealogies, which minister
questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith:
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful
lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions
avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
Serve not for filthy lucre (the motive must not be for pay,
5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy
lucre, but of a ready mind;
1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy
lucre; but patient,
not a brawler, not covetous;
3:8 Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not
double tongued, not
given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled,
not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy
Must be faithful
Corinthians 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in
stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Faithfulness means to be trusted, reliable. Apostle Paul says in the above
scripture that they were stewards of the mysteries of God; a steward is
someone who has been entrusted to oversee or manage the affairs of someone
Paul says that it is required that a
steward be found faithful. Noticed the word found, to be found faithful,
comes by testing.
1 Timothy 1:12
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who enabled me, for that he
counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
Before God will entrust us with the riches of his grace, he may find out
just how faithful we are.
Credibility and Accountability
A good name is rather to be chosen
than great riches, and loving
favour rather than silver and gold.
We all have heard the nursery rhyme
story, of the boy who cried wolf; he lied so many times that when the wolf
did appear, no one believed him: the boy lost his credibility.
The word credibility means capable of being believed. Without credibility
a person will accomplish little in the kingdom of God. We gain
credibility, as our ministry is proven to be authentic, scriptural sound,
and we are faithful in the things of God. Having a home church, with a
Pastor and Elders adds to credibility.
And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he
assayed to join himself to
the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not
that he was a disciple.
Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto
how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him,
how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Paul had persecuted the church before his conversion and had no
credibility with Christians up to this point. After Barnabas spoke up for
Paul, the disciples began to
Accountability means the quality of being
answerable. The servants of the Lord are accountable to the Lord and to
To the Lord
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
But he that knew not, and did commit
things worthy of stripes, shall be
beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
shall be much
required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the
kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to
whom he had
given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Corinthians 3:13-15 Every man's work
shall be made manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire
shall try every man's work
of what sort it is.
any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved; yet so as by fire.
To the Church
Acts 11:1-18 Vs.4
But Peter rehearsed the matter from the
expounded it by order unto them..
And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the
elders were present.
when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had
wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
Being answerable to others, provides the checks
and balances that we all need.
Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets
speak two or three. and let the other judge.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed.
It doesnít matter who a
person is, because of the flesh, a person can miss it. The scriptures say
in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Lone rangers can get into
trouble without checks and balances.
Accountability adds to Credibility
Show no partiality
1Timothy 5:21 I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, and the
elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one
doing nothing by partiality.
James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, [the Lord] of
glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your
assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel,
and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that
weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit
thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become
judges of evil thoughts?
9. Serve and
not be served
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and
he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid
aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded
5 After that he poureth water into a
bason, and began to wash the disciplesí feet,
and to wipe [them] with the towel wherewith he was girded.
6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and
Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash
answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou
shalt know hereafter.
But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among
you, let him be
as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
whether [is] greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth?
[is] not he
that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth.
23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
10. Qualifications for Bishops Ė Pastors -
3:1 This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office
of a bishop, he
desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be
blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober,
of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not
greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler,
4 One that ruleth well his own house,
having his children in subjection with all
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how
shall he take care of the
church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up
with pride he fall into the condemnation of the
7 Moreover he must have a good report
of them which are without; lest he fall into
reproach and the snare of the devil.
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the
that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
6 If any be blameless, the husband of
one wife, having faithful children not accused
of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be
blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon
angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover
of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as
he hath been taught, that he may be able by
sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
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