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The Excellent Minister (2 Tim. 4:1-5)

By Lewis C. Lampley


The purpose of this paper is to show readers from Scripture how an excellent minister/pastor-teacher behaves.


Introduction: First things first. Consider two things about the excellent minister/pastor-teacher:

A.   The pastor-teacherís qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1-7)

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of Godís church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devilís trap.


B.   The pastor-teacherís major responsibility (Eph. 4:11-16)

In the following passage, the apostle Paul charges his son in the ministry, Timothy, thusly: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourageówith great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4: 1-5).