October 26, 2008 pm   Can We Live It!   I Thessalonians 2

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

The outreach:  1The 2:1 (NIV) You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

The Response:  13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus:

The Result:  You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. {[16] Or them fully} 17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

 Out Reach or approach of Paul the missionary: 

  1. Dared to tell the gospel.
  2. Approved by God and entrusted with the gospel:  not trying to trick anyone
  3. Trying to please God not men.
  4. No flattery or masks to cover up greed. Not looking for praise.
  5. Not a burden but paid their own way.
  6. Gentle like a mother caring for her children
  7. Shared their lives with them.
  8. Worked night and day.
  9. Holy, righteous an blameless among you.
  10. As a Father deals with his own children
  11. Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God.

 

Response of the Thessalonians

  1. They received it and accepted the word shared with them by the apostles.
  2. They believed it as God’s word to them through these messengers of God.
  3. They became imitators of Gods churches in Judea or the Jewish churches. 

Result of the movement.

  1. They suffered persecution from their own countrymen.
  2. Just like the jews who had tried to keep Paul from preaching to the gentiles.
  3. Paul wanted to come to visit them again but was stopped by Satan.
  4. They were a great source of hope, joy, glory, and a crown to Paul and associates.  Paul says that they are his reason for living. 

What is our approach?  Is it working?  What should we do? 

What has been the response of those we are reaching out to?

What has been the results?  Do we want different results?  Do we need a new approach?