“But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state. For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me: but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly. But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need; since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick: for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold such in honor: because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.”
Why do we need to study about good ministers even if we are only laypersons in our church?
Because all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16).
Because if it is the duty of Christian teachers to teach the whole counsel of God (Acts. 20:27), it is the corresponding duty of church members to learn the whole counsel of God.
Because we, in a sense, are all ministers; for example, like parents towards their children (Deut. 11:18-19).
Because sometimes we need to remind our ministers of their duty.
Because we need to know what we should be looking for in a minister if we are searching for one.
Because, who knows, we ourselves might be called to become ministers someday (1 Tim. 3:1).
- THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD MINISTER
A) He cares for people (Acts 20:28; John 21:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:7, 8).
B) He prioritizes the interests of Christ (Matt. 6:33; Matt. 6:24; 1 Tim. 2:4; Acts. 6:4).
C) He is of proven worth (1 Tim. 3:6, 10).
D) He risks his life for the work of Christ (Luke 9:23).
- OUR OBLIGATIONS TO GOOD MINISTERS
A) Appreciate them (Heb. 13:17).
B) Honor them (1 Tim. 5:17).
Do we appreciate our ministers? Do we honor them?