From the Pen of Luke
Acts 6:4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
Acts 20:19 "serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; Acts 20:20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, Acts 20:21 solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:22 “And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, Acts 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. Acts 20:24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:25 “And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more. Acts 20:26 “Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men. Acts 20:27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. Acts 20:28 “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:29 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; Acts 20:30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Acts 20:31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. Acts 20:32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:33 “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. Acts 20:34 “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. Acts 20:35 “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
From the Pen of Paul:
1 Cor. 4:1 ¶ Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Cor. 4:2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
1 Tim. 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Tim. 4:13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 1 Tim. 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 1 Tim. 4:15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to all. 1 Tim. 4:16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
2 Tim. 2:24 "And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 2 Tim. 2:25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 2 Tim. 2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will."
2 Tim. 4:1 "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Tim. 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 2 Tim. 4:4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. 2 Tim. 4:5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
Titus 1:9 "holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict." Titus 2:15 ¶ "These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you."
From the Pen of Peter
1 Pet. 5:1 "Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 1 Pet. 5:2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 1 Pet. 5:3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. 1 Pet. 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Pet. 5:5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Saturday, January 26, 2008
From the Pen of Luke