Attitude to Ministers

A believer’s attitude to God’s minister is vital in his walk. When you do not know what the word of God is saying concerning them, you can neglect them, or think of them, beyond what is written. Here are some ways to be properly guided if somebody is ministering to you. This should be your attitude to them. “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”1Co 4:6     

Get to Know them; “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”1Th.. 5:12-13 “For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.” 1Co. 16:18  

To love them: “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”1Th 5:12-13  

Obey them: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Heb. 13:17 “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Php. 4:9   

Submit to them: “I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.” 1Co 16:15-16  

Be Concern of them: “But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.” Eph 6:21-22  

Comfort them: “Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:”1Th. 3:7   

Give to them:  “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.”1Ti.5:17-18 “Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.”Php. 4:14-16 “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.”Php. 2:25  “Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.”Gal. 6:6  

Remember them: “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”1Th. 2:9  “But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:”1Th. 3:6   

Rejoice with them: “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”Php. 2:17-18  “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.”Php. 1:25-26  

Honor / Respect them:“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.”1Ti. 5:17-18 “Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”Php. 2:29-30  

Listen to them:  “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”1Th. 2:13   

Look to them as examples:  “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” Php. 3:17  “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” 1Th. 1:6-7 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”Php. 4:9  “For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.2Th. 3:7-9  

Be not ashamed of them: “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:”2Ti. 1:16   

Be of service to them:  “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.”2Ti. 1:16-18  

Salute or Greet them: Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.” Rom. 16:9  “All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. “Tit. 3:15  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: “Rom. 16:3  Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.” Rom. 16:6  Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.” Rom. 16:12   

Accommodate them: “But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.” Phm. 1:22   

Pray for/ Pray with:  “Brethren, pray for us.”1Th. 5:25  “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”2Th. 3:1  “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”Col. 4:3  “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”Rom. 15:30  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.”Heb. 13:18  (See: Acts 21:5; Eph.6:18-19)  

Accompany them: “And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.”Acts 21:5  “And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.”Acts 15:3  “And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still. And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.”Acts 17:14-15  

Consult them:  “For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.”1Co. 1:11   

Forgive them: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”Eph. 4:32    Be one with them: “For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;” Php 1:5   

Receive them:  “And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” Gal. 4:14  Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.” Php. 2:29-30  

Protect them: “But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.” Acts 9:24-25 “And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.” Acts 14:19-20 

Do not Despise them: “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Tit. 2:15  “And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” Gal. 4:14   

Do not be suspicious of them:  “Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:” 2Co. 8:20   

To Care for them: “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.” Php. 4:10   

Do not easily judge them but be fair to them:  “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” 1Ti. 5:19   

Do not withstood them or quarrel with them: “Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.” Acts 13:7-11

Do not exalt or worship them: “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.” Acts 10:25-26  “And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the peopleWhich when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:” Acts 14:11-15  

Find out if what they are saying is according to God’s word:  “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 

Tell them the truth: (Read Acts 5:1-11)

Scriptures quoted from the KJV.

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