Ministry Through Scriptures

In gospel ministry it is helpful to know the scriptures that pertain to the area of ministry.  Many times simply reading the Word of God to the person, praying with them, and allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and truth to their lives, is the only role we will play in ministering to them.  It is always a good practice to point people to the truth of Jesus. 

The following are some scriptures, arranged alphabetically by subject, you might find helpful:

 

Scripture References:

 

Abortion

Exodus 20:13 Ten Commandments, you shall not murder

Psalm 127:3 Children are a reward from God.

Psalm 139:13-16 God created us and knew us in our mother’s womb

 

 

Addictions (alcohol, drugs etc.)

Roman 6:12 Do not let sin control your body

1 Corinthians 6:19 Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:1 Through Christ we can be set free

Galatians 5:16 Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

 

Adultery

See “Sexual Immorality”

 

Anger

James 1:19 Anger does not achieve God’s righteousness

Ephesians 4:26, 31 Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, or give devil opportunity

Matthew 5:28-40 Turn the other cheek.

Colossians 3:8 We must rid ourselves of anger

 


Anxiety

Philippians 4:6-13 Don’t worry, pray
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all of your anxiety on Jesus
Hebrews 13:5-6 God will never leave you or forsake you

Backsliding

1 John 1:8-9 If we confess our sins He will forgive us
Jude 24-25 Jesus can keep us from falling


Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:38 Repent and you will receive the baptism of the Spirit Luke 11:13 Anyone who asks can receive the Holy Spirit

Child Discipline

Ephesians 6:4  Fathers don’t provoke your children to anger Samuel 15:23  Rebellion is the sin of witchcraft

Colossians 3:21

Proverbs 13:24

Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22:15

 

Children’s Responsibilities

Ephesians 6:1 Children obey your parents
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and mother that you may live long

1 Timothy 4:12 Youth, set an example for others

Condemnation

Romans 8:1 There is no condemnation for those in Christ
John 5:24 He who hears the word and believes will not be condemned. John 3:17-18 Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it.

Confession/Repentance

1 John 1:9

Psalm 32:3

James 5:16

 

Cults

1 John 4:1 Test the spirits

Mark 13:21-23 False prophets deceive even the elect

 


Deliverance


James 4:7  Resist the devil and he will flee
Matthew 18:18  We have the power to bind demons
Luke 10:19  We can tread on the enemy and he cannot injure us
2 Corinthians 3:17  Where the Spirit is there is freedom

 

Deny Self


Matthew 20:26-27       The greatest shall be a servant
Matthew 8:34      Those who come after Jesus must deny themselves
John 12:24         A grain of wheat must die to bear fruit


Depression


Psalm 51:10-12 Restore the joy of our salvation
Roman 8:28, 31 All things work together for good to those who love God

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances

Matthew 11:28-39 Come to the Lord when weary and burdened and find rest

Psalm 147:3 God heals the brokenhearted


Discouragement


Galatians 6:9 Do not become weary in doing good, you will be rewarded

Psalm 138:7-8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, God saves me

2 Corinthians 4:8-9  We are hard pressed but do not despair

Divorce

Malachi 2:15-16   God hates divorce

1 Corinthians 7:10-15   A wife must not divorce her husband, a husband should not divorce his wife

Matthew 19:4-6   What God has joined let no man separate

 

Faith

Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11:6
Hebrews 12:2
James 2:17   
Faith without works is dead

Fasting

Matthew 6:16  When you fast (we are to fast)
Isaiah 58:3  On the day of your fast you have your request
Isaiah 58:5  The fast the Lord desires is for a man to be humble

 

Fear

Romans 8:13-17   When you die to the flesh you are free from fear

2 Thessalonians 3:3  The Lord will protect you from evil

Isaiah 41:10  Do not fear for God is with you

Psalm 27:1-3 The Lord is my light whom shall I fear

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd

Psalm 91 Make the Lord your refuge and no harm will befall you

2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear

1 John 4:18 Perfect love casts out fear

 

Fear of Man

Colossians 3:23 Do your work for the Lord not to impress men

Matthew 6:1 If you do good works to please men, lose your reward in Heaven

Psalm 56:11 Trust in God, do not fear, what can man do to you?

Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 19:23  The fear of the Lord leads to life and being untouched by evil

Ecclesiastes 12:13  When all is said and done, fear the Lord the most important thing.

Psalm 25:14  The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him

Proverbs 22:4  Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor, and life

Forgiveness

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Forgive others and Satan does not have an advantage over you

Matthew 6:14-15 If you forgive others, God will forgive you

Romans 12: 14 Bless those who persecute you


Fornication
See “Sexual Immorality”

 

Generational Curses

Jeremiah 36:18 God repays the iniquity of the fathers on the children?

Exodus 20:5 God is jealous and visits iniquity of fathers on children to 3rd and 4th generation

 

God’s Expectations of Us


Micah 6:8 To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him

Isaiah 66:2 Humility, contrite spirit, and tremble at His word
Matthew 5:3, 8 Pure in heart and spirit see God
John 5:10 Keep His commandments, love Him and others


Grief


John 14:1-3 Jesus goes to prepare a place for us after we die


John 11:25 If we believe in Jesus, yet we die, we shall live


1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then, face to face

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted

 

 

Guilt

Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23
Romans 8:1-3

Healing

Isaiah 53: 4 - 5

1 John 5: 14 -15

Matthew 10:1

Psalm 103:3

 

Holiness

1 Peter 1:14-16    Be holy in our behavior

Ecclesiastes 20:22    Be holy as the Lord Himself is holy

Romans 12:2   Don’t be conformed to the world

Hebrews 12:14   Pursue sanctification without which you will not see the Lord

Holy Spirit

John 16:7 Better when Jesus leaves and Holy Spirit comes

John 16:8-13 Brings conviction of truth & will guide you to truth

Acts 9:31 Brings comfort

1 Corinthians 2:8-13 Brings wonderful things to the life of the believer

1 Corinthians 12:7 Brings spiritual gifts

 

Homosexuality

See “Sexual Immorality”

 

Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, to give you future and hope

Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord, He is our shield, in Him we rejoice

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick

Proverbs 23:18 There is future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off

Isaiah 40:31 Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength and soar on wings as eagles

Humility

Matthew 18:4 The greatest in God’s kingdom are the humble James 4:10 Humble yourself and God will exalt you
Proverbs 22:4 Humility brings wealth, honor, and life

Psalm 37:11 Humility brings abundant prosperity
James 4:6 God gives His grace to the humble


Husband Responsibilities


1 Peter 3:7 Take care of your wife or your prayers will go unanswered

Ephesians 5:25 Love your wife as Christ loved the Church

1 Timothy 3:1-13 Characteristics of a man of God
Hebrews 13:4 Honor the marriage bed
1 Corinthians 7:3-4 Husbands must fulfill their marriage duties to their wives

 

Intercession


1 Timothy 2:1
Ephesians 6:19
Colossians1:3


Jealousy


James 3:16  Jealousy and envy results in disorder and evil
1 Corinthians 3:3  Jealousy is worldliness
Exodus 20:17  We shall not covet the property of others


Judging Others


Matthew 7:2-5 We will be judged in the manner we judge others
James 2:13 Judgment will be merciless for those who show no mercy
John 5:30 Jesus judged from hearing God, not from His own opinions

Loneliness
Isaiah 54:10 God’s love for us is unfailing
Hebrews 13:5-6 God will never leave us or forsake us
Revelation 3:20 Jesus wants to have fellowship with us

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

 

Love One Another

1 Peter 1:22
1 John 2:10
1 John 4:7-8

Lust


Romans 13:14   Don’t make provision for lust
1 Thessalonians 4:4   Self-discipline over lust
Galatians 5:16-18   Live by the spirit and won’t carry out desires of the flesh

Romans 6:12-13   Do not let sin reign in your body, do not give your body to sin

 

 

Marriage

Genesis 2:21-24 They will become one flesh

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good

1 Corinthians 11:3 Christ the head of man, man the head of the woman

1 Corinthians 7:9 It is better to marry than burn with passion

 

Marital Problems

Psalm 101:2 I will walk in my house with a blameless heart

Joshua 24:15 As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of anger, be kind and compassionate to one another

Ephesians 5:21-33 Husbands love your wives as yourself, wives respect your husbands

Colossians 3:18-19 Wives submit to your husbands as unto the Lord, husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church

Materialism / Money

1 Timothy 6:8 Be content with food and shelter

1 Timothy 6:10 The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil

1 John 2:15 If you love the world the love of God is not in you

1 John 3:17 If have the world’s goods and see a brother in need, the love of God not in you

Mathew 6:24 Don’t be a slave to money
Proverbs 3:9-10 Give God the first fruits
Proverbs 3:5 Trust the Lord in your finances

Proverbs 13:11 Be honest in the use of your money Philippians 4:19 God will meet all of your needs

Luke 6:38 Give and it will be given unto you

Obedience

1 John 2:3 Through obedience we come to know Him
1 John 3:21 If obedient, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 You have a choice between blessing and curse, a blessing if you choose to obey the Lord’s commandments

1 Samuel 15:22-23 Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft
John 14:15-21 Through obedience we receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus reveals Himself to us and abides in us
James 1:22 Don’t just hear the Word of God, do what it says

 

Peace of Mind
John 16:33 Jesus said in me you will find peace
Romans 5:1 Because of our faith we have peace with God Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of God rule in your hearts Psalm 4:8 Sleep in peace for the Lord is our safety

Persistence

2 Timothy 4:7 I’ve fought the good fight, I’ve finished the race

Galatians 6:9 We will reap a harvest if we do not give up

Revelation 2:24 Those who obey to the end will be given authority

Revelation 3:5 To him who overcomes it will be granted their names written in the book of life

Prayer

1 John 3:21 If your heart doesn’t condemn you, ask what you wish

1 John 5:14-15 Confidence comes from praying


James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective

 

Prayer Shield

Ephesians 6:18
Ephesians 6:19


Pride
Proverbs 16:5
James 4:6
God is opposed to the proud

Isaiah 25:11 God will bring down the proud

 

Priorities

Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God
Matthew 22:36-39 Greatest commandment is to love God then love neighbor second commandment


Matthew 18:3-4 Greatest in kingdom of God are the humble
Matthew 20:26-28 Whoever wishes to be great must first be a servant

 

Reap What You Sow


Galatians 6:7 God is not mocked, you will reap what you sow

We are to pray and intercede for each other Paul requests prayer on his behalf

Pride is an abomination to God

Jeremiah 17:9   The Lord gives to each according to his deeds


Reconciliation


2 Corinthians 5:18-19 God reconciled the world through Christ

Matthew 5:23-26 Before giving your offering be reconciled with your brother

Matthew 18:15-17 Principle of godly reconciliation


Sabbath


Isaiah 58:13 If you turn from pleasure on Sabbath, God will bless you

Hebrews 4:8-10 There is a Sabbath rest for the people of God

 

Salvation
John 3:16 Whoever believes in him will have eternal life
Romans 6:23 Wages of sin is death
Romans 8:1 No condemnation for those in Christ Jesus
Romans10:9-10 Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth
Ephesians 2:8-9 We are saved by grace
Philippians 2:12-13 Work out your salvation with fear and trembling

 

Soul-Ties
1 Corinthians 5:9   Do not associate with immoral brother

1 Corinthians 15:33

2 Thessalonians 3:6

2 Corinthians 6:14

 

Spiritual Gifts

1 Timothy 4:14

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Ephesians 4:11-13

1 Peter 4:10-11

 

Spiritual Warfare

1 Timothy 4:1 Pay attention to deceitful spirits

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith

Ephesians 6:10-18 Put on the armor of God. Our struggle is against spiritual enemy

2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier entangles himself in everyday life

James 4:7 Humble yourself, resist the devil and he will flee

1 Peter 5:8 Be on the alert, the devil like a roaring lion out to destroy you

 

Submission to Authority

1 Peter 2:13 Submit to authority

Hebrews 13:17 Obey leaders and submit to their authority

 

Suicide

Psalm 91:1,11,12,15,16   Take refuge in the Lord and he will defend you

John 10:10   Jesus came to give us abundant life

 

Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13   God will not allow you to be tempted above what you can handle

Genesis 4:7   We must master sin

Romans 6:6   Crucify self and no longer be a slave to sin
Romans 13:14   Make no provision for the flesh
2 Corinthians 10:5   Take every thought captive
Galatians 5:16   Walk by spirit and won’t carry out the desires of the flesh

James 1:14   Tempted when carried away with our own lust

Philippians 4:8   Let your mind dwell on good things
Matthew 26:41   Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation

 

Thanksgiving


Psalm 100:1 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
Psalm 139:13 I will give thanks for I am fearfully and wonderfully made

 

Tithing and Giving


Malachi 3:8-10 Test God to see Him bless you when you tithe

Philippians 4:17 Giving profits our account
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord from the first of our fruits
Luke 6:38 Give and it will be given unto you
2 Corinthians 9:7 God loves a cheerful giver


Trials


James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial
2 Corinthians 4:17 Afflictions produce eternal glory
1 Peter 4:12 Do not be surprised with trials, they are for your testing
1 Peter 5:10 After suffered for a while, God will strengthen you

Revelation 3:19 Those who are loved will be disciplined

 

Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and He will make your paths straight

Ephesians 6:16 Put on the shield of faith
Psalm 56:4 Trust in the Lord and do not be afraid
John 14:1 Don’t be troubled, trust in God, He will prepare a place for you

 

Who We Are In Christ


1 Peter 2:9 We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood
Revelation 2:26 He who overcomes will be given authority to rule the nations

Ephesians 2:6, 10 We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realm


John 1:12 We are children of God

 

Words and Their Power


Ephesians 4:29-30   Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth

Proverbs 18:21   Life and death are in the power of our words