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Boldness and faithfulness exemplified.
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2 S. 12. 7. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the
1 K. 18. 17. And it came to pass when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
1 K. 21. 20. And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.
Ps. 118. 6. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Ac. 4. 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them; that they had been with Jesus. 18. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 29. And now, Lord, behold their threatnings: and grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak thy word.
Ac, 9. 29. And he [Paul] spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
Ac. 19. 8. And he (Paul] went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Ac. 20. 18. Ye know from the first day that I [Paul] came into Asia, after what manner I have been with
Boldness and faithfulness exemplified.
you at all seasons. 20. And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house. 26. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men, For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
1 Cor. 9. 25. Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.
2 Cor. 2. 17. We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Cor. 4. 1. Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty; not walking in crastiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2 Cor. 10. 4. The weapons of our warlare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.
2 Cor. 12. 14. I seek not yours, but you;- And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Gal. 1. 16. I conferred not with flesh and blood.
Gal. 4. 19. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Ph. 1. 8. God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
Col. 4. 12. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he bath a great zeal for you. 1 Th. 2. 1. For yourselves, brethren, know our eaNeedless offences to be avoided.
trance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Phillippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you tlie gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile; But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, Our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10.–12.
i Tim. 1. 18. This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare..
2 Tim. 4: 7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished iny course, I have kept the faith. [Sec 570.]
412. Ought ministers and others to avoid giving needlless offence?
Mat. 17. 27. Notwithsianding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up, and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Rom. 14. 21. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to, drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stuinrbileth, or is offended, or is made weak..
1 Cor. 9. 19. Though I be free froin all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews. 22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Cor. 10. 32. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
2 Cor. 6. 3. Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.
443. Will pastors and teachers be held responsible for the loss of those whom they neglect to teach and warn ?
Ezk. 33. 7. O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from nie. When I say unto the wicked, 0 wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezk 3. 17. 19.
Ezk. 31. 8. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, o ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am: against the shepherds; and I will require my flock.at their hand,
wwwwwwwwwwwwww 444. Have faithful prophets, ministers, and others, been opposed and perseculed for righteousness' sake?
Ps. 14. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread?
Ps. 22. 6. I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Ps. 31. 11. I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors. 13. For I have heard the slander of many: tear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
Ps. 42. 10. As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
Ps. 44. 22. For thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Ps. 64. 2. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
Ps. 69. 4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the bairs of my head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty. 7. For thy sake I have borne reproach: shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. For the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Ps. 89. 50. Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; Wherewith thine enemies have
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