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Entrusted with the Gospel
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 30, 1999
1 Thessalonians 2.1-6
We're continuing our study through the book of I Thessalonians.
For so a few minutes tonight, look with me to I Thessalonians 2. In
chapter 1, we find the kind of church every Pastor desires. Now in
chapter 2, we find the kind of Pastor every church desires.
Every man considering God's call upon his life to Pastor should
carefully study this second chapter to discover God's expectation. And
every church should carefully study this chapter in selecting a pastor.
So, chapter 1 describes the kind of church every Pastor desires
and chapter 2 describes the kind of Pastor every church desires. And let
me say this: it's wonderful when both church and pastor pursue Paul's
Now, I told you while in chapter 1 that I saw many similarities
between the church at Thessalonica and our church. Now I pray that you
will see a few similarities between what Paul describes and your Pastor.
As we look at this second chapter, keep in mind that Paul's
describing more than the pastor. He's really describing you because you
are a minister. Did you know that? It's true! You are a minister.
Somebody says, "I'm not a minister. I'm not on the payroll." Well,
whether you're on the payroll or not, you are a minister. Here's the
difference: I'm paid to be good; you on the other hand, are good for
All I'm saying is that these verses are not for Pastors only, they're
for Ministers only and that includes every blood-bought, born-again, child
Now, here's what we're going to find in these verses: God has entrusted
us with the gospel! What a mind-boggling truth! That God has entrusted
us with the gospel!
Look if you will down to verse 4, "But as we have been approved by God
to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men,
but God who tests our hearts."
He menti ...
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