EXEGESIS OF ACTS 20:33-35 ON PAUL’S FINANCIAL INTEGRITY IN HIS MISSION: A MODEL FOR THE CONTEMPORARY MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL
Abstract:In recent times, news of financial misappropriations of some ministers of the gospel in some churches puts a question on the financial integrity of the ‘holy men and women of God.’ It is believed that the life of a minister is the life of his ministry. Integrity in the New Testament context means soundness, purity, honesty, and adherence to a pattern of good works. Integrity is a crucial matter especially, in these days when pastoral scandals seem to become rampant and some ministers of the gospel are abusing the true nature of the pulpit ministry through their lifestyle and messages. In the mission of Paul, he exhibited a good character of financial integrity which could be a good model for the contemporary ministers of the gospel. Therefore, the crux of this paper is to appraise the financial integrity of Paul in his mission as a model for contemporary gospel ministers. The paper makes use of exegetical and historical-critical methods in order to have a holistic understanding of Paul’s financial integrity in his mission. The paper concludes with useful lessons for contemporary gospel ministers.