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Timothy was a companion of Paul the apostle
on some of his travels. He often stayed and ministered after Paul left
an area. Timothy was a minister (evangelist) of Christ Jesus (1
Timothy 4:6). In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul gave
Timothy specific instructions how a minister is to live. This is probably
the best description of the qualifications of a minister.
minister is to have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives tales.
He is to train himself to be godly, because godliness has value in all
Timothy 4:7-8). His hope is to be in the living God
Timothy 4:10). Things like Santa Claus, Easter eggs
and bunnies which take Christ out of the picture should not be promoted
in the church. A minister must trust God in all things and his godliness
should be apparent to everyone.
A minister is to command and teach the
Gospel message. He must not let anyone look down on him due to his age.
And he is to set an example in speech, life, love, faith, and purity (1
Timothy 4:11-12). Setting an example is vital for
a minister. It is also important that his family set an example, for they
reflect upon his reputation and ability to maintain his own household.
Not setting a good example also gives an appearance of hypocrisy and makes
his ministry ineffective or harmful to others-possibly even causing some
A minister is to devote himself to the
public reading of scripture and to preaching and teaching (1
Timothy 4:13). He is to be diligent and devoted in
Timothy 4:15). Why is this? One must watch his life
and doctrine closely, persevering in them, thus saving not only himself
but also his hearers (1
A lot depends upon a minister living up
to these biblical standards. If a minister does not live up to these things,
it can adversely affect not only his reputation, his ministry, and his
salvation, but also the reputation of the congregation, the effectiveness
of the congregation to evangelize, and others' salvation. He must set a
good example in all that he does.
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