Key Passages from
the Bible...
Numbers 18:21 "...I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an
inheritance
in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle
of meeting.

Numbers 18:25-28  "...When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I
given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord,
a tenth of the
tithe
.... you shall give the Lord's heave offering from it to Aaron the priest."

Matthew 16:18-19
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock
I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not
prevail against it.  And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Mark 6:30-44
And moved with compassion for them, because they were
like sheep not having a shepherd, so He began to teach
them…about five thousand..”

Acts 2:40-47
"Then those who
gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to
them. And they
continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in
prayers... all who believed were together and had all things in common.... and the Lord added to the church daily..."

Acts 4:32-35
"Now the multitude of those who believed
were of one heart and one soul... nor was there anyone among them who
lacked.
.. "

Acts 6:2-6
“Then
the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable that we should leave the
word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of
the Holy Spirit and wisdom,
whom we may appoint over this business, but we will give ourselves continually to prayer
and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude…”

Acts 8:4-25
“Therefore, those who were scattered went everywhere
preaching the word.  Then Philip went down to the city of
Samaria…. Now
when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they
sent Peter and John to them
…”

Acts 13:1-3
“Now
in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers….As they ministered to the Lord
and fasted,
the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
Then, having
fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”

Acts 15:6-35
"Now the
apostles and elders came together to consider this matter..."

I Corinthians 9:7-14  "...If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?....
Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel."

II Corinthians 10:12-18
“We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within
the limits of the sphere which God appointed us – a sphere
which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though
our authority did not extend to
you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ.”

Galatians 6:6
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.”

Ephesians 1:22-23
“And He (Father) put all things under His (Jesus) feet, and
gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which
is His body
, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

Ephesians 2:5-6
“Even when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),and
raised us up together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2:19-22
“…
members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ being the chief cornerstone
, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the
Lord, in whom
you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

Ephesians 3:10
“…to the intent that now the
manifest wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and
powers in the heavenly places
.”

Ephesians 3:14-15
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom
the whole family in heaven and
earth is named.”

Ephesians 4:11-12
“And
He Himself gave some to be apostles, and some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the (Romans 16:3-5 and Colossians 4:15)…”

Philippians 1:1
“…To
all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons…”

I Timothy 1:7  "
Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they
affirm."

I Timothy 1:12  "...
Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the
ministry
."

I Timothy 2:7  "For which
I was appointed a preacher and an apostle - I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying -
a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth."

I Timothy 3:1-7  “A
bishop [overseer] then must be blameless…”

I Timothy 4:14  "Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with
the laying on of the
hands of the eldership
."

I Timothy 5:17-25
“Let the
elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and
doctrine... Do not
lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins, keep yourself pure…

I Timothy 5:18  "For the Scripture says, 'You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,' and '
The laborer is
worthy of his wages
.'"

I Timothy 5:19  "
Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses."

II Timothy 1:13  "Hold fast
the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me..." (II Timothy 3:14)

II Timothy 2:2  "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses,
commit these to faithful men who
will be able to each others also
."

Titus 1:5-9
“…I left you in Crete that you should
set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I
commanded you, if a man is blameless.”

Titus 2:15  "
Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you."

Hebrews 13:7
“Remember
those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the
outcome of their conduct.

Hebrews 13:17
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give
account
.  Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would unprofitable for you.”

Hebrews 13:24
“Greet all
those who rule over you and all the saints…”

James 3:1
“My brethren, let not many of you become
teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

I Peter 5:1-4  
"The
elders who are among you, I exhort, I who am a fellow elder.... Shepherd the flock of God which is among you...
not as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock..."
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