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How does an Excellent Minister Behave? Paul answers this question in 2 Tim. 4:1-5.

A.     He must remember his calling

1“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:

 

B.   He must preach the word

2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

 

C.   He must be faithful in and out of season

2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with 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.

 

D.  He must gently reprove, rebuke and exhort

2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

 

E. He must guard against compromise in difficult times.

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. What then, should be the responsibility of the excellent minister?

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