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"A Gospel-Advancing Lifestyle"
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Wednesday AM Bible Study
January 21, 2004
The Gospel had made an impact in the lives of the Thessalonian believes,
in part, because of they way they faithfully received it (1:2-10). Paul
praised them for this; and we learn much from their example of how we
ought to receive the message of the Good News ourselves. But another thing
that contributed to its success and spread was the character and conduct
of those who preached it to them - specifically Paul, Silvanus and Timothy.
In Titus 2:10, Paul urged Pastor Titus to exhort and teach the people
under his care to live in such a way as to "adorn the doctrine of God
in all things" (Titus 2:10). The success of the Gospel always depends
ultimately upon Our sovereign God; but Paul's admonition to Titus reminds
us that we can either live in such a way as to promote its advancement,
or in such a way as to hinder its progress. And this morning's passage
from 1 Thessalonians 2 shows us the qualities in Paul and his ministry
companions that made the preaching of the gospel so effective and helped
to advance its impact among those who heard it. We see this in two main
aspects of Paul's ministry:
I. AS AN APOSTLE (in giving the gospel to those who had
not heard) (vv. 1-6).
A. Paul displayed boldness in proclaiming the Gospel (vv.
1-2). The background for this is Acts 16:6-40. Paul often had to pray
for boldness; as we see from Eph. 6:18-20 and Col. 4:2-4. But he was
never ashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16-17).
B. Paul proclaimed the gospel as one given a trust (vv. 3-4); see
C. Paul didn't rely on human resources in proclaiming the gospel
(vv. 5-6); see 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.
II. AS A PASTOR (in building into the lives of those who had believed)
A. Paul was gentle toward those who heard and believed (v.
7); see 2 Tim. 2:24-26.
B. Paul was sacrificial in serving them out of the motive of love
C. Paul was godly in his conduct toward those he ministered to (v.
10); see 1 Thess. 1:5.
D. Paul was diligent to exhort those under his care to live worthy
lives (vv. 11-12); see Titus 2:11-15.
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All around us are people whom God has place in our spheres of influence.
He wants us to let them know of His love through Jesus, and to help them
grow in faithfulness to Him. May we learn from the example of Paul, and
live and work in such a way as to advance the cause of the gospel in the
lives of others.