1 Thessalonians 2: An Example Of Sacrificial Christian Leadership.

1 Thessalonians 2 shows a great contrast between believers and nonbelievers. It shows how true believers will love one another and nonbelievers become selfish.

While this gets blended a little bit, (we do see how things pan out in the church) we have to understand that when people are connected to their source they will act in accordance with it.

For example, when we are connected to God, we have the source of all creation connected to us. This means the source of love, joy, and peace is all within our grasp. These are gifts God gives us freely, however, not all Christians will grasp them.

The non-believer doesn’t have access to these gifts, and while some people will act good. Their source isn’t connected.

Our job as Christians is to show people how much God loves them, and how much he wants to be a part of their lives. In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul shows us the output of being connected to God, and how much we should be filled with his love.

Living in a world without love, joy, and peace sounds like a world straight from hell.

Keep this in mind as you read this. I don’t want anybody to feel shame I go off on some tangents that can be read wrong, however, I want your life to be full of the presence of God, and if you read my words and say well that’s not me. I love that.

However there are some people in this world that need to hear this message, and maybe you can pass it on.

1 Thessalonians 2: Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

2 You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God, we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

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. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you.

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As workers of Christ, we need to remember our focus is on God, not ourselves. Praise from people should be meaningless, and we should always be pointing the credit towards the one who created us. In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul reminds the people that he is only a messenger, and we need to remember that.

In John 14:6 Jesus states that he is the way the truth and the life. in the blog post, I highlighted I used the analogy that we’re on a sinking ship (think titanic). Jesus is the captain of a vessel that’s come to rescue us from drowning.

He states that we all need to get on his ship before ours goes down. He is the only way to safety, and there’s no other ship coming. Despite this, many people don’t believe him, some even mock him. However, he recruits a small group of people to go around the ship telling them about the rescue vessel.

As Christians, we are just messengers, nothing more, and Jesus gets all the credit for rescuing us. In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul keeps stating that, and we need to accept that.

Repentance

1 Thessalonians 2:8-16 Paul Is Filled With the Love Of Christ

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.

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.

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 a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people 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 everyone 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.

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In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul compares the relationship between his team and the Thessalonians to a family. I think this is a great analogy ut reveals an issue with the current church structure in America.

Unfortunately one of the issues I see is that we have programs upon programs, server teams upon serve teams. I’ve even noticed the same messaging across the country.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I get worried that we are teaching people how to follow God without actually teaching them to connect with him.

In essence, we are setting people up to have the form of Godliness but deny the power thereof.

One of the things Paul stresses in 1 Thessalonians 2 is that everything he is saying comes from God. They are learning about Jesus and connecting to him. I can’t stress this enough but that is all that matters.

Why go to a church if they’re only going to spit out a feel-good sermon, send you to a small group, and quote a few scriptures that sound good for the day? And not experience God. That sounds awful to me.

If you’re not connecting to God and experiencing his presence on a day-to-day level. Something is wrong in your spiritual life. His voice should be something you hear daily, not once in a while on a Sunday.

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1 Thessalonians 2: 17-20 Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 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. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 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.

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My conclusion on 1 Thessalonians 2 is this. God loves each and every one of us, and having a large community of believers will help propel you forward. However when we get to the thrown and are judged. We can’t hide behind our friend group. Make sure we are following the right people, the right friends, and the truth of God.

I’m sorry if this post on 1 Thessalonians 2 seems harsh, but I see a lot of people with amazing potential but aren’t doing anything with it. That scares me and I don’t want any of you to be wasting your time.

Let yourself go, give yourself to God, and let his presence guide and direct you.

If only we knew how much he really loved us.

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