Worship Service for Sunday, May 22, 2022
A Trustworthy Leader Part 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-6
May 22, 2022
An Enduring Letter to a Local Church
We must examine who we follow
-local spiritual leadership
-podcasts, online teachings
-other Christian friends
-Ray Stedman: [We must also remember that] every believer is in the ministry. We all have pastoral responsibilities. If you are a parent you have a little flock at home to whom you should minister. This passage will help you minister effectively. Some of you have friends with whom you meet at breakfast or lunch, some of you have a Bible class in your home. This passage teaches how to be effective in any ministry, how to touch and change people.
A Trustworthy Leader
1. Bold vs 1-2
-treated outrageously- great opposition, athlete in competition
-God emboldened them to preach the gospel
-Paul had nothing personal to gain by serving this church
-Opposition tests a leader’s resolve
-early quitters may not be real leaders
-long term faithfulness demonstrates real commitment
-He continues to define the character of his boldness…
2. Honest vs 3
-not from error- faulty reasoning
-not from impurity- not “dirty or filthy” no rotten intentions
-could also mean, no idolatrous or immoral talk
-we don’t have to use curse words or invoke worldliness when
Talking with people about Jesus
-not with an intent to deceive- no trickery
-Paul wasn’t trying to deceive them with a false message
3. Accountable to God vs 4
-approved by God- as if after a long examination
-The effectiveness of their message (people were saved, a
church was established) seems to prove God had blessed
-God’s messengers ultimately answer to God, not people
-All of us will answer to God for our words! Matthew 12:36
-are you influencing people towards/away from Jesus?
-do your words and ways match God’s Word and way?
4. Not self-seeking vs 5-6
-no flattery- tailoring the truth to fit popular opinion
-no greedy motives- effort to exploit for financial gain
-not seeking glory from people- opposite of vs 2 emboldened
The cost had been too high and the material rewards too meager to justify the thought that Paul was a crook manipulating people for his personal benefit. D. Michael Martin
-Beware of anyone who is using Jesus’ name to benefit
-Prosperity preachers aren’t trustworthy leaders
Are we following trustworthy leaders?
Are WE trustworthy leaders?
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