Paul's Method of Ministry
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
March 18, 2018
Pastor Trent Broussard
Paul describes a lot about his ministry with the Thessalonians, but it comes back to the example that he set with the conduct of his life.
Paul compares himself to a mother when he speaks of how he loves the Thessalonians. But, when he speaks of how he instructs the Thessalonians, it is like a father. He challenges them, ultimately, to walk in a manner worthy of God .
On this idea of walking worthy, John Piper writes, “A clue is found in Col 1:10 which says, "Walk worthy of the Lord, to please him." But Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please him." So the call to walk "worthy of the Lord" is at least a call to walk by faith.
But faith looks away from itself to the worth and ability and grace and strength of another. So walking "worthy of the Lord" would mean acting in a way that shows how worthy and able and gracious and strong the Lord is.”
When we lead and minister to others, we should remember these four things:
One, we lead and minister to others with the expectation that not everyone will love and respect us.
Two, we lead and minister to others with love, care, and compassion.
Three, we lead and minister to others with a desire to be holy and blameless.
Four, we lead and minister to others with an eye toward eternity.
Here are four practical steps you can take after this sermon today:
One, find a place to serve and learn how to lead
Two, give grace to one another and whenever possible, overlook the offense committed against you
Three, pursue holiness and discipleship (join an Equipping U class, get in a Bible study, find a person mature in their faith in Christ and ask them to disciple you)
Four, don't lose heart; Christ will return