Entrusted With The Gospel by Frank Pollard

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ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL
I Thessalonians 2:1-12
In I Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Paul is reviewing his conduct and
presentation of the Gospel while in Thessalonica. For all called of
God to Christian ministry, for all who want to make a maximum impact
for the Gospel, these words are more than a pattern. They contain
insight into what God must have had in mind when He said: "Now I'll
make me a minister." Verse 4 combines both the agony and the ecstasy
of our calling, words which simultaneously humble us to the dust and
inspire us to the utmost. "We have been approved by God to be
entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak."
In this portion of Holy Scripture, we are given glimpse at the
heart of a messenger of Jesus Christ. This passage not only declares
to us the heart of our message, but demonstrates to us the heart of a
messenger of our Lord Christ. If you are effective in ministry, you
will make Christ the heart of your message and you will pray constantly
that the Christ you proclaim will dominate your heart as His messengers.
I Thessalonians 2:5-8: "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 men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles
of Christ, we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among
you, like a mother caring for her little children. We love you so much
that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but
our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us" (NIV).
that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but
our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us" (NIV).
By example constantly and on several occasions specifically, our
Lord clearly stated that His idea of leadership is not that of this
world's: "He that is greatest among you shall be servant of all," He
said.
Paul is exhibit A, a sterling example of this kind of servant
leader. ...


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