Personal Ethics for the Followers of Christ!
In this age of cutting corners, 'cheating' in schools, and work, it
becomes more important then ever that we as followers of the Lord be
examples of both believer and sinner. Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 (KJV)
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Then there is Paul's
exhortation to Timothy in (1 Tim 4:12 KJV) Let no man despise thy youth;
but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in
charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. The way to do this Paul tell
Timothy in his next letter in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth. In this outline we point out a few needed
ethics for both believer and minister.
- Matthew 7:20 (KJV) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
- 1 Tim 4:12 KJV Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of
the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in
faith, in purity.
- 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
I. Our ministers should be an example by being aware of their high
- 2 Tim 4:1 (KJV) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
kingdom; 2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2Tim 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
itching ears; 2 Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the
truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Tim 4:5 But watch thou in all
things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full
proof of thy ministry.
A. They should do this by following the exhortation in 2 Tim 2:15.
1. Study the Word.
2. Being a workman of the Lord.
3. The follower of Jesus should have a sound prayer life.
4. Original ministries are the result of men and women
patterning themselves after the Son of God. - Warren Wiersbe,
II. A minister should fulfill their
duties with the talents, skills and abilities God has given them. 1
III. A minister and follower of Jesus should maintain a high moral
standard. 1 Timothy 6:1-10
IV. A minister should strive to ever
be commendable in manners and modest in appearance. 1 Timothy 3:1-7;
A. Keep and conduct our finances above reproach.
B. The home and family should have leadership.
C. Should also remember that our bodies are the temples of the Holy
Spirit and we should take care of it.
V. A minister respects their
calling 1 Peter 5:2 (KJV)
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof,
not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready
mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples
to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall
receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
A. Should not look for only rewards.
1. Service and ministry should be its own reward.
a. Remember God keeps the records.
If your neighbors had to depend on you to find out about salvation, how
much would they know? So live that when people get to know you, they
will want to know Christ. We cannot all be apostles; but we can all be
living epistles. Where we go and what we do advertises what we are.
The world is looking for good
examples--not advice. People take your example far more seriously than
your advice. The most valuable gift you can give to others is example.
If you don't live it, you don't have it.
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God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades