Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Sermon Outline: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

“The Christian’s Ministry”
1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

Introduction: Romans 12:1-6

I. The Motive of Our Ministry vs. 1-4 
     “For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, [2] but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. [3] For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; [4] but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” 

Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 4:11; Acts 5:27-29; Colossians 1:10

II. The Manner of Our Ministry vs. 5-12 
     “For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness— [6] nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. [7] But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. [8] Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. [9] For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. [10] You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; [11] just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, [12] so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

     A. Christians are gentle, vs. 7-8

     B. Christians are hard-working, v. 9

     C. Christians are honorable, v. 10

     D. Christians teach others, vs. 11-12

     E. Christians live lives worthy of God, v. 12

III. The Measure of Our Ministry v. 13 
     “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”

     A. We are measured by what we accept as truth. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 12:46-48

     B. We are measured by what we do in truth.

1 John 3:18; 2 Corinthians 13:8; James 2:18, 21-24

Conclusion: James 1:22; Proverbs 23:23-26


No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.