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The Characteristics of the Christian Minister, Part 2
Studies in 2 Corinthians 6:3-10.
By the grace of God, Paul was a good minister of
Jesus Christ. In every way he was a model minister, 1
Cor 4:16, 11:1. By setting forth his own lifestyle
and manner of conduct and vindicating the same, he
sets down the characteristics of what a good minister
We will consider:
TRIALS SHOULD PROMOTE HIGHER LEVELS OF HOLINESS.
Paul's response to his trials is a lesson for us
THE LESSONS THAT ARISE FROM PAUL'S TRIALS AND HIS
REACTION TO THEM.
His patient sufferings give proof of certain
1. The value of the soul. That a man should endure
such for those who were strangers to him and acted as
enemies of him, indicates the value he placed upon
their souls. He was engaged in a great work. Acts
2. The nature of the Christian's warfare. What a
strange means of counter-attacking! What strange
weapons to employ in defence! Be not overcome of
evil, but overcome evil with good Romans 12:21. See
that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever
follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and
to all men, 1 Thessalonians 5:15.
3. The debt we owe to faithful ministers. What
darkness would reign today if men like Paul had not
suffered and endured in order to spread the gospel?
The descent of Romans 1:22-31. This earth would be a
hell and each one of us a devil.
Ivan Foster retired from the pastorate in November 2008. He has laboured chiefly in Fermanagh and Tyrone as an Evangelist and Pastor since 1967. Under his ministry, souls have been saved and new churches founded. Mr. Foster, a former member of Omagh District Council and the Northern...