The Ten “M” Guidelines of True Ministry

Maturing & Maintaining Manhood & Ministry

Determining True Ministers

By Dr. Bill Hamon

[1] MANHOOD

            Gen 1:26,27    God makes a man before manifesting mighty ministry

            Rom 8:29        Man apart from position, message or ministry

            Heb 2:6,10      Personality: evaluating person, not performance

            I Tim 2:5         Jesus: manhood 30 years; ministry 3 ½; 10 to 1 ratio

[2] MINISTRY

            II Cor 6:3        No offense to ministry

            I Cor 2:4-5      Power and demonstration

            Matt 7:15-21   By their fruits you shall know them-anointing, results

            Deut 18:22      Prophecies or preaching productive-proven, pure, positive

[3] MESSAGE

            Eph 4:15         Speak the truth in love; present truth and life-giving

            I Tim 4:2         Message balanced, scriptural, doctrinally and spiritually right

            Mark 16:20     God confirms His Word-not person, pride or reputation

[4] MATURITY

            James 3:17      Attitude right; mature in human relations; heavenly wisdom

            Gal 5:22          Fruit of spirit, Christlike character, dependable, steadfast

            Heb 5:14         Not childish

            I Cor 13           Biblically knowledgeable and mature-not a novice

[5] MARRIAGE

            I Tim 3:2,5      Scripturally in order; personal family vs. God’s family

            I Pet 3:1,7       Priorities straight-God 1st, wife & family, then ministry

            Eph 4:22-23    Marriage to exemplify relationship of Christ & His church

[6] METHODS

            Tit 1:16           Rigidly righteous, ethical, honest, integrity-upright

            Rom 1:18        Not manipulating or deceptive, doesn’t speak “evangelistically”

            Rom 3:7-8       Good end results do not justify unscriptural methods

[7] MANNERS

            Tit 1:7; 3:1-2   Unselfish, polite, kind, gentleman or lady, discreet

            Eph 4:29; 5:4  Proper speech and communication in words and mannerisms

[8] MONEY

            I Tim 3:6AMP  “Craving wealth and resorting to ignoble and dishonest methods”

            I Tim 6:5-17    Love of money and materialism destroys (ie Achan)/Luke 12:15

[9] MORALITY

            I Cor 6:9-18    Virtuous, pure and proper relationships/Col 3:5

            Eph 5:3           Biblical sexual purity in attitude & action/I Cor 5:11

            Matt 5:28        Wrong thoughts with desire to do without opportunity to act

[10] MOTIVE

            Matt 6:1          To serve or to be seen?  Fulfill personal drive or God’s desire?

            I Cor 16:15      True motivation? To minister or to be a minister?

            Prov 16:2        To herald the truth or just to be heard by man?

            I Cor 13:1-3    Motivated by God’s love or lust for power, fame, name, etc.

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