Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.
The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We must have a king over us.
So why didn't you obey the LORD? Why did you rush on the plunder and do what was evil in the LORD's sight?"
"But I did obey the LORD!" Saul answered. "I went on the mission the LORD gave me: I brought back Agag, king of Amalek, and I completely destroyed the Amalekites.
I didn't obey my teachers or listen closely to my mentors.
So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with all joy and hold men like him in honor,
Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,
and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don't associate with him, so that he may be ashamed.
The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, "You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment."
also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them.
submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Likewise, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.
If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-- you don't speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-- that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to [your] warning, and you will have saved your life."
"Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman,
"As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.
If I say to the wicked: Wicked one, you will surely die, but you do not speak out to warn him about his way, that wicked person will die for his iniquity, yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.
But if you warn a wicked person to turn from his way and he doesn't turn from it, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God's grace.
"And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see my face again.
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone's blood,
A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God's mysteries.
In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.
shepherd God's flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God's [will]; not for the money but eagerly;
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
So he called the manager in and asked, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be [my] manager.'
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.
Knowing, then, the fear of the Lord, we persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well.
always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,
Hold firmly the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run in vain or labor for nothing.
So then, in this way, my dearly loved brothers, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.
For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
For you are our glory and joy!
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience because of you before our God,
as we pray earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, this people has committed a great sin; they have made for themselves a god of gold.
But if you will not listen, my innermost being will weep in secret because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, for the LORD's flock has been taken captive.
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.