In life-giving ministry, it is helpful to know scriptures that pertain to certain areas of ministry. Many times, simply reading the Word of God to people, praying with them, and allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and truth to their lives are all you have to do in ministering to them.
Below are some practical guidelines for ministry:
Greet people warmly.
Encourage them by bringing God’s Word to their circumstances.
Address them by name as you talk and pray with them.
The following are some scriptures, arranged alphabetically by subject, that you might find helpful and life-giving in ministry.
Children are a reward from God (Psalm 127:3).
God created us and knew us in our mother’s wombs (Psalm 139:13–16).
Addictions (Alcohol, drugs etc.)
Do not let sin control your body (Romans 6:12).
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Through Christ you can be set free (Galatians 5:1).
Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
See “Freedom” and “Sexual Immorality.”
Anger does not achieve God’s righteousness (James 1:19).
Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil opportunity (Ephesians 4:26, 31).
Turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:28–40).
Rid yourself of anger (Colossians 3:8).
Don’t worry; pray instead (Philippians 4:6–13).
Cast all of your anxiety on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7).
God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5–6).
If you confess your sins, God will forgive you (1 John 1:8–9).
Jesus can keep you from falling (Jude 1:24–25).
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Repent and you will receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
Anyone who asks can receive the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).
Fathers, don’t provoke your children to anger (Ephesians 6:4).
Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23).
Fathers, don’t frustrate your children (Colossians 3:21).
He who spares the rod hates his son (Proverbs 13:24).
Train your children well, and as they grow older, they will not depart from their training (Proverbs 22:6).
The rod will drive folly from the heart of a child (Proverbs 22:15).
Children, obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1).
Honor your father and mother that you may live long (Exodus 20:12).
Youth, set an example for others (1 Timothy 4:12).
There is no condemnation for those in Christ (Romans 8:1).
He who hears the word and believes will not be condemned (John 5:24).
Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17–18).
If you confess your sins, God will forgive you (1 John 1:9).
When you keep silent about sin, your body wastes away (Psalm 32:3).
Confess your sins to one another and you will be healed (James 5:16).
Test the spirits (1 John 4:1).
False prophets can deceive even the elect (Mark 13:21–23).
Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).
You have the power to bind demons (Matthew 18:18).
You can tread on the enemy, and he cannot injure you (Luke 10:19).
Where the spirit is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The greatest shall be a servant (Matthew 20:26–27).
Those who come after Jesus must deny themselves (Matthew 8:34).
A grain of wheat must die to bear fruit (John 12:24).
God will restore the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:10–12).
All things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28, 31).
Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Come to the Lord when weary and burdened, and find rest (Matthew 11:28–39).
God heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).
Do not become weary in doing good, and you will be rewarded (Galatians 6:9).
Though you walk in the midst of trouble, God will save you (Psalm 138:7–8).
You may be hard-pressed, but do not despair (2 Corinthians 4:8–9).
What God has joined together, let no one separate (Matthew 19:4–6).
A wife must not separate from her husband, and a husband must not divorce his wife (1 Corinthians 7:10–12).
Wives, respect your husbands. Husbands, love your wives as yourself (Ephesians 5:21–33).
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Colossians 3:12–15 NIV).
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1).
Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Jesus is the author of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
When you fast… (meaning, we are to fast) (Matthew 6:16).
On the day of your fast, you have your request (Isaiah 58:3).
The fast the Lord desires is for a person to be humble (Isaiah 58:5).
When you die to the flesh, you are set free from fear (Romans 8:13–17).
The Lord will protect you from evil (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Do not fear, for God is with you (Isaiah 41:10).
The Lord is your light; whom should you fear? (Psalm 27:1–3).
The Lord is your shepherd (Psalm 23).
Make of the Lord your refuge, and no harm will befall you (Psalm 91).
God has not given you a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Fear of Man
Do your work for the Lord, not to impress others (Colossians 3:23).
If you do good works to please people, you lose your reward in heaven (Matthew 6:11).
Trust in God, and do not fear; what can man do to you? (Psalm 56:11).
Fear of the Lord
The fear of the Lord leads to life and being untouched by evil (Proverbs 19:23).
When all is said and done, fearing the Lord is the most important thing (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him (Psalm 25:14).
Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor, and life (Proverbs 22:4).
Forgive others and Satan will not have an advantage over you (2 Corinthians 2:10–11).
If you forgive others, God will forgive you (Matthew 6:14–15).
Bless those who persecute you (Romans 12:14).
See “Freedom” and “Sexual Immorality.”
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:13–26 NIV).
God is a jealous God and visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations (Exodus 20:5–6).
Whoever the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).
God’s Expectations of Us
He wants us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8).
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2 NIV).
The pure in heart and spirit see God (Matthew 5:3, 8).
Keep His commandments, and love Him and others (John 5:10).
Jesus goes to prepare a place for us after we die (John 14:1–3).
If we believe in Jesus and die, yet shall we live (John 11:25).
Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then, face-to-face (1 Corinthians 13:12).
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 NIV).
Confess, and find mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
All have sinned (Romans 3:23).
God freely gives eternal life (Romans 6:23).
There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1–3).
The old is gone, and the new is come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am the God who heals you (Exodus 15:26).
Jesus took our infirmities; by His stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24).
If we ask anything of God according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14–15).
We have authority to heal every disease and sickness (Matthew 10:1).
God will restore our health (Jeremiah 30:17).
The Lord forgives our sins and heals our diseases (Psalm 103:3).
Be holy in your behavior (1 Peter 1:14–16).
Be holy as the Lord Himself is holy (Ecclesiastes 20:22).
Don’t be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2).
Pursue sanctification, without which you will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
Jesus said it was better for Him to leave and the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7).
The Holy Spirit brings conviction of truth and will guide you into truth (John 16:8–13).
He brings comfort (Acts 9:31).
He brings wonderful things to the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 2:9–13).
He brings spiritual gifts (1Corinthians 12:7).
See “Freedom” and “Sexual Immorality.”
God has plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
We wait and hope for the Lord; He is our shield, and in Him we rejoice (Psalm 33:20).
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12 NIV).
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18 NIV).
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength and soar on wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31).
The greatest in God’s kingdom are the humble (Matthew 18:4).
Humble yourself and God will exalt you (James 4:10).
Humility brings wealth, honor, and life (Proverbs 22:4).
Take care of your wife, or your prayers may go unanswered (1 Peter 3:7).
Love your wife as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25).
Read about the characteristics of a man of God (1 Timothy 3:1–13).
Honor the marriage bed (Hebrews 13:4).
Husbands must fulfill their marriage duties to their wives (1 Corinthians 7:3–4).
Intercession should be made for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1).
Paul requested intercession on his behalf (Ephesians 6:19).
Paul interceded for others (Colossians 1:3).
Jealousy and envy result in disorder and evil (James 3:16).
Jealousy is a characteristic of worldliness (1 Corinthians 3:3).
We must not covet the property of others (Exodus 20:17).
We will be judged in the manner we judge others (Matthew 7:2–5).
Judgment will be merciless for those who show no mercy (James 2:13).
Jesus judged according to what He heard from God, not from His own opinions (John 5:30).
God’s love for us is unfailing (Isaiah 54:10).
God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5–6).
Jesus wants to have fellowship with us (Revelation 3:20).
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
Love One Another
Fervently love others from the heart (1 Peter 1:22).
If you love others, you are abiding in the light (1 John 2:10).
If you love others, you are born of God because God is love (1 John 4:7–8).
Don’t make provision for lust (Romans 13:14).
Use self-discipline over lust (1 Thessalonians 4:4).
Live by the Spirit, and don’t carry out the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16–18).
Do not let sin reign in your body, and do not give your body to sin (Romans 6:12–13).
The man and woman become one flesh (Genesis 2:21–24).
He who finds a wife finds something good (Proverbs 18:22).
Christ is the head of the man, and the man is the head of the woman (1 Corinthians 11:3).
It is better to marry than to burn with passion (1 Corinthians 7:9).
Walk in your house with a blameless heart (Psalm 101:2).
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15 NIV).
Get rid of anger, and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:31–32).
Husbands, love your wives as yourself; wives, respect your husbands (Ephesians 5:21–33).
Wives, submit to your husbands as unto the Lord; husbands, love your wives as Christ loves the church (Colossians 3:18–19).
Be content with food and shelter (1 Timothy 6:8).
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
If you love the world, the love of God is not in you (1 John 2:15).
If you have enough and do not help a brother in need, the love of God is not in you (1 John 3:17).
Don’t be a slave to money (Matthew 6:24).
Give God the firstfruits (Proverbs 3:9–10).
Trust the Lord in your finances (Proverbs 3:5).
Be honest in the use of your money (Proverbs 13:11).
God will meet all of your needs (Philippians 4:19).
Give, and it will be given unto you (Luke 6:38).
Through obedience we can come to know Him (1 John 2:3).
If you are obedient, you can ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you (1 John 3:21).
You have a choice between a blessing and a curse. A blessing comes if you choose to obey the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 11:26–28).
Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:22–23).
Through obedience we receive the Holy Spirit; Jesus reveals Himself to us and abides in us (John 14:15–21).
Don’t just hear the Word of God, but do what it says (James 1:22).
Peace of Mind
Jesus said that in Him we will find peace (John 16:33).
Because of our faith, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
Let the peace of God rule in your heart (Colossians 3:15).
Sleep peacefully, for the Lord is your safety (Psalm 4:8).
As Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).
We will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).
Those who obey to the end will be given authority (Revelation 2:24).
To those who overcome, it will be granted that their names be written in the book of life (Revelation 3:5).
If your heart doesn’t condemn you, ask what you wish (1 John 3:21).
Confidence comes from praying (1 John 5:14–15).
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
We are to pray and intercede for each other (Ephesians 6:18).
Paul requested prayer on his behalf (Ephesians 6:19).
Pride is an abomination to God (Proverbs 16:5).
God is opposed to the proud (James 4:6).
God will bring down the proud (Isaiah 25:11).
Seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
The greatest commandment is to love God; to love our neighbor is the second-greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36–39).
Those greatest in the kingdom of God are the humble (Matthew 18:3–4).
Whoever wishes to be great must be a servant (Matthew 20:26–28).
Reaping What You Sow
God is not mocked, for you will reap whatever you sow (Galatians 6:7).
The Lord gives to each according to his deeds (Jeremiah 17:9).
God reconciled the world through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18–19).
Before giving your offering, be reconciled with your brother (Matthew 5:23–26).
Godly reconciliation is a principle from God’s Word (Matthew 18:15–17).
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).
There is a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:8–10).
Whoever believes in Christ will have eternal life (John 3:16).
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Believe in the Lord Jesus in your heart, and confess Him with your mouth (Romans 8:9–10).
We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8–9).
We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12–13).
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22 NIV).
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–4 NIV).
“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV).
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4 NIV).
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:18–20 NIV).
Do not associate with immoral brothers or sisters (1 Corinthians 5:9).
Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Do not associate with an unruly brother (2 Thessalonians 3:6).
Do not be bound together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).
God has given us different gifts (Romans 12:6–8).
Don’t neglect the gift you’ve received (1 Timothy 4:14).
Spiritual gifts are given to each of us (1 Corinthians 12:7–11).
Christ gave the church certain specific gifts (Ephesians 4:11–13).
There is a great variety of spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10–11).
Watch out for deceitful spirits (1 Timothy 4:1).
Fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
Put on the armor of God, because your struggle is against a spiritual enemy (Ephesians 6:10–18).
No soldier entangles himself in everyday life (2 Timothy 2:4).
Humble yourself; resist the devil, and he will flee (James 4:7).
Be on the alert, because the devil is like a roaring lion out to destroy you (1 Peter 5:8).
Submission to Authority
Submit to authority (1 Peter 2:13).
Obey leaders and submit to their authority (Hebrews 13:17).
Submit to governing authorities, for your own good (Romans 13:1–7).
Take refuge in the Lord, and He will defend you (Psalm 91:1,11–12,15–16).
Jesus came to give us life (John 10:10).
God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).
You must master sin (Genesis 4:7).
Crucify self, and no longer be a slave to sin (Romans 6:6).
Make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14).
Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Walk by the Spirit, and don’t carry out the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
We are tempted when carried away by our own lusts (James 1:14).
Let your mind dwell on good things (Philippians 4:8).
Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41).
Enter His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:1).
Give thanks to God, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13).
Tithing and Giving
Test God by tithing and see Him bless you (Malachi 3:8–10).
Giving profits your spiritual account (Philippians 4:17).
Honor the Lord with the first of your fruits (Proverbs 3:9).
“Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38 NIV).
“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV).
Blessed is the person who perseveres under trial (James 1:12).
Afflictions produce eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Do not be surprised when trials come your way; they are for your testing (1 Peter 4:12).
After you suffer for a while, God will strengthen and restore you (1 Peter 5:10).
Those who are loved will be disciplined (Revelation 3:19).
Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and God will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Pick up the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
Trust in the Lord, and do not be afraid (Psalm 56:4).
Don’t be troubled, but trust in God. He will prepare a place for you (John 14:1).
Who We Are in Christ
We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
He who overcomes will be given authority to rule the nations (Revelation 2:26).
We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6, 10).
Those who receive Jesus, who believe in His name, are children of God (John 1:12).
Submit to your husband (1 Peter 3:1–6).
Respect your husband (Ephesians 5:33).
Adorn yourself modestly (1 Timothy 2:9).
Be sensible, pure, a worker at home, kind, and submissive (Titus 2:5).
The wife’s body belongs to her husband (1 Corinthians 7:3–4).
Keep the marriage bed pure (Hebrews 13:4).
The wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives (1 Corinthians 7:39).
Words and Their Power
Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth (Ephesians 4:29–30).
Life and death are in the power of our words (Proverbs 18:21).
We will be held accountable for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36).
Let your speech always be with grace (Colossians 4:6).
With our tongues, we both praise God and curse men, but this should not be (James 3:9–10).