Service in Relation to the Coming of the Lord

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1 Thessalonians 2
By Wong

Recap 1 Thessalonians 1: Burden lifted as God working in the life of this young believer

“You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God blessed the message & God saves

“But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Dare to preach the Gospel in view of persecution
Boldness not on own strength but God’s strength
Bold despite suffering
We should not worry what others think of us when we share the Gospel

Why do we share the Gospel?
1. As a believer we have received the grace of God & He is worthy, thus we must speak of Hik
2. Because we care & love others (love your neighbour as yourself)

“For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

To be a WA today as a lot of teachings are not from the word of God, often with partial truths mixed with errors
Paul’s message was without any false motive

“On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Final test of every sharing to others & any Christian life lived = What does God think about it?
Each of us have this ability to serve in church & share the Gospel, pleasing God

“You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Came not to tell them they were good but that they were lost in sin & needed Jesus’ salvation

“Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, 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. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:7-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul loved the people whom he had never met before
Labouring day & night in those days was extraordinary
Paul took upon himself in a personal way to share his life & bring others to Christ
We may be unaware that many non believers are looking at us & our lives as Christians
As believers we are saved from the penalty of sin but we are still in a sinful world
God calls us to live our lives as children of God

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

People received the gospel not because Paul is a good speaker but because it is the word of God

“But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul in situation had to leave due to severe persecution & hindered by Satan but was very concerned & cared for them

We simply do not what is next in a series of events in our lives
We need to be content knowing God is working in our lives
E.g God’s plan for Joseph

Paul looked to these young Thessalonians as his crown of rejoicing
There will be complete justice & Jesus will right every wrong