“ ‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,