Entrusted with the Gospel (Pt. III)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 2.7-12
October 27, 1999
Tonight, we're continuing our study through the book of 1st
Thessalonians. So join me for a few minutes in chapter 2. If you
want to know what kind of church a pastor desires, then read
through chapter 1. On the other hand, if you want to know what
kind of pastor a church desires, then chapter 2 is for you.
In fact, every young man that senses God's call upon his life
needs to carefully study the passages of chapter 2. But not only a
prospective pastor, but a prospective Sunday School teacher or a
missionary or any other kind of minister.
For in chapter 2, Paul reminds us that we have been
"entrusted with the gospel." Chapter 2.4, "But as we have been
approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel .."
And again, the Greek word translated "entrusted" carries the
idea of "faith." I don't know about you, but it's mind boggling to me
to know that God as put His Faith in me with His Gospel!
We're talking about Holy God has put His perfect faith in
imperfect saints with His life-changing gospel!!! What a
responsibility we have with the gospel!! And I pray that you're
being a good steward with His gospel! That you're not hiding it
under a bushel but that you're letting your light shine before men!
Now, we've already learned in chapter 2 about:
THE MESSAGE THAT THEY PREACHED.
That's found in the first two verses of chapter 2. And there
we read that the message that they preached didn't lack for conflict
.. converts .. or courage.
THE MOTIVE THAT THEY POSSESSED.
That's found in verses 3-6. In defending his ministry among
them, Paul tells them that his motives were pure and pleasing.
Verse 4b, "not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts."
Folks, I don't know what you're doing these days with the
gospel or what you're doing in ministry to others, but I do know that
if wha ...
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