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Can Only Clergy Minister

Which of these 3 do you believe?
1)Christians should minister to each other
2)Only clergy can minister to Christians
3)Both clergy and Christians minister to Christians

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 ---miche3754 on 9/16/09
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minister has different words in scripture, but basically it means to serve. in a subservient manner to minister, aren't we all called as He served us?
---aka on 5/19/12

This is for Chris post 5/18/12 excellante post! 100% well said! well,written.... Smiles! Thankyou! Love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 5/19/12

Do we not minister on here?
We come and put our belief. Often there are apposing views and doctrines.
So I would say 3.
The problem is the word 'Christian'
what is a Christian?
I have seen people on here decry another's faith, because their views do not match.
i have seen people pass judgement at the risk of being judged.
Even seen ego allowed to over take belief.
I have also seen very strong faith and some well reasoned discussion and compassion.
I see all here as trying to be good Christians.
---chris on 5/18/12

Re5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Heb3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Joh13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Sounds to me like the correct answer is #3!!!
---trey on 5/17/12

ELENA here,blessings Family of God... I would say 1. & 3. Are correct!,on ChristiaNet altho' not a bible scolar but,believe it or not ELENA has learned much...being on here! Glory to God! Jesus lives! Thankyou,everyone who has taken your time to help ELENA learn biblical knowledge... Love of Jesus!
---ELENA on 5/16/12

Number 2 is incorrect.
---catherine on 10/31/09

I agree with the PB concept. When members have responsiblity to teach, they will learn more. In addition, the members are ministering to one another, which is more Biblical than having a "senior pastor," who does all the performing for the "laity," the pew-sitters.

I am using the term pew-sitter in contrast to active believers ministering to one another. A pew-sitter could also minister to one another, although he/she can't do it while sitting.
---Rod4Him on 10/29/09

This statement by---obewan describes the ideal situation in my opinion.

"The PB Fellowship I was in had many lay ministers who preached and taught from the pulpit. They even leaned toward the concept that individual study was in many cases better than a seminary since many seminarys now have unbiblical teaching.
---mima on 10/29/09

Every activity in the body of Christ is a ministration. All has being giving a gift by Christ to minister with 1 Pet.4:10. However, there are levels of ministrations. Some ministrations are reserved for different calling and level-of-experience. God is a God of order, in the body of Christ things cannot be done just as every-one feels.
---Adetunji on 9/20/09

I'll say one and three....I really enjoy these types of blogs and I pray for more of them.
---catherine on 9/20/09

I believe both can minister.

The Bible tells us that all believers are part of a "royal priesthood". Since all Christians are priests, all Christians can minister.

I went to a Plymouth Brethern "assembly of believers" for 12 years (they don't use the word "church since that applies to the WHOLE "body").

The PB Fellowship I was in had many lay ministers who preached and taught from the pulpit. They even leaned toward the concept that individual study was in many cases better than a seminary since many seminarys now have unbiblical teaching.

Most of the members had their own HUGE theology libraries in their homes.
---obewan on 9/17/09

This is what we are suspose to do, James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Every Christian can pray for another person. Praying for another is a loving thing to do and we have the marching orders to do it. 1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift,even so miniister the same one to another,as good stewarts of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak let him speak as the oracles of God, if any man minister,let him do it,of the ability which God giveth:--. We all are layministers and can pray but we must always pray for God's anointing and leading to guide us. We also need to have oil to anoint as given in the Bible.
---Darlene_1 on 9/16/09

James 5:
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him,

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
---YLBD on 9/16/09

1) Christians should minister to one another. They should love one another in word and deed. They should encourage each other in the Lord. They should stimulate one another to love and good works. They should rebuke one another in love. They should teach one another to live Godly lives. They should help one another, which may include finances when necessary. They need to confess their faults to one another. Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Be devoted to one another. 58 times the NT says to do "one another."
2)Overseers should participate in the one another. So, not "only clergy."
3)Clergy is a misnomer. No Biblical such thing. Matt. 23:10. "do not be called leaders..."
---Rod4Him on 9/16/09

Minister: as in a verb. To preach the soon to come Kingdom of God and how to get there. To DO the will of God: preach the gospel, feed and clothe the homeless and poor, to bring drink to the thirsty (both physical and spiritual).

Ephesians 4:29
1 Peter 4:10

Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" and DO it daily as written in scripture.
---Steveng on 9/16/09

Both Clergy & Christians minister to Christians. Job 4:3-4
---Kimberly on 9/16/09

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---alan8566_of_uk on 9/16/09

It depends on what you mean by "minister".
---Cluny on 9/16/09

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