THE BOOK OF 1 THESSALONIANS
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
Chapter 2, Verses 1-8
I. The Apostles' Affection and Ministry, 2:1-8
The Apostles' Affection and Ministry
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.
was the Apostles' coming to Thessalonica "not in vain."
A. Paul, Silas, and Timothy, did a great work through them.
2. What had happened to the Apostles in Philippi.
A. They were persecuted, beaten and thrown out of the city.
3. Why would it be in "the boldness in our God" that they had to speak?
A. Their own efforts would have never had a great result.
4. What kind of opposition did they face in Thessalonica.
A. As in each other city, the local Jews wanted this "new faith" stopped.
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. 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed -- God is witness --
was it important to Paul that his message was not "from error?"
A. He wanted them to see that His teaching was not from error and that it was proving effective.
2. List the ways, or manner, that Paul and his companions brought the gospel to the Thessalonians.
A. Not in Error, Not by deceit, Approved by God, Entrusted, Not as "man pleasers," Pleasing God, Not flattering or with greed.
3. How can you bring forth the gospel and be effective (according to these verses)
A. First, full submission to God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit - then bringing the Gospel in like manner as this verse shows.
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.
verse 6 into plain language.
2. Verses 7-8 are very telling about Paul and his companions approach to ministering the gospel - can you make a plan for evangelizing like Paul and his companions did at Thessalonica?
3. As members of a congregation what can you do to make teachers / preachers well pleased with having you as a student / congregant?