Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Marks of the Ministry

"We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed, but in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God"
  • in much patience,
  • in tribulations,
  • in needs,
  • in distresses,
  • in stripes,
  • in imprisonments,
  • in tumults,
  • in labors,
  • in sleeplessness,
  • in fastings;
  • by purity,
  • by knowledge,
  • by longsuffering,
  • by kindness,
  • by the Holy Spirit,
  • by sincere love,
  • by the word of truth,
  • by the power of God,
  • by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
  • by honor and dishonor,
  • by evil report and good report;
  • as deceivers, and yet true;
  • as unknown, and yet well known;
  • as dying, and behold we live;
  • as chastened, and yet not killed;
  • as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
  • as poor, yet making many rich;
  • as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isa 1:17
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Jam 1:27
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.Acts 2:42
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 Jon 3:16

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