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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).