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Question 27 — What are the principal duties of the pastors or teachers of the church?

AnsweraTo be examples unto the flock in faith, love, knowledge, meekness, patience, readiness to suffer for the name and gospel of Christ, with constancy therein; bto watch for the souls and take care of all the spiritual concernments of the whole flock committed to them; cto preach the word diligently, dividing it aright; dto preserve and contend for the truth; eto administer all the ordinances of the gospel duly and orderly; fto stir up and exercise the gifts they have received in the discharge of their whole work and administration of all ordinances; gto instruct, admonish, cherish, and comfort all the members of the church, as their conditions, occasions, and necessities do require; hto attend with diligence, skill, and wisdom unto the discharge of that authority which in the rule of the church is committed unto them.
a1 Tim. iii. 1–7, iv. 12; 2 Tim. ii. 3; Col. i. 24; Phil. ii. 17, iii. 17.
bHeb. xiii. 17; Acts xx. 28.
c2 Tim. ii. 15, iv. 2; Rom. xii. 6–8.
d1 Tim. vi. 20; Acts xx. 28; Jude 3.
e1 Cor. iv. 1, 2; 1 Tim. iii. 15.
f1 Tim. iv. 14–16.
gActs xx. 18–20, 25, 27; 1 Thess. iii. 5; 2 Tim. ii. 24, 25.
hRom. xii. 7, 8; 1 Tim. v. 17.

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