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"The Measure of a Minister - Part II"
1 Thess. 2:1-12
Introduction: Verses 1-2. Five principles of leadership
from "Whose Holding the Umbrella?" by William Yaeger.
1. The leader leads at any cost. Captain Mark.
2. Lead or others will. "Joe" leaders will lead!
3. The leader genuinely cares.
4. Leadership needs procedure.
5. No leadership equals anarchy!
I. HIS APPEAL - Verse 3
1. Not made through error.
2. Not from an impure motive.
3. Not deceptive - manipulative.
II. HIS APPEARANCE - Verse 4
1. Approved by God.
2. Spoke to please God, not man.
3. Had their hearts tested by God.
III. HIS APPROACH. Verse 5
1. Did not use flattery.
2. Did not come with greed. "a cloak of covetousness"
3. Did not look for glory of men.
Paul is reaffirming that his spiritual life did not rise or
fall with the praise of men, the people to whom he wrote,
or anyone else. Yet there is ample room for the encouragement
of the servant of God! Flattery and praise or appreciation
are two different things.
ILL. of saying, “Lord, you keep him humble and
we will keep him poor.” And some who say, “Lord,
we will keep him humble and poor!”
BUT - it is to the preacher's peril if he seeks to build
a reputation for himself on the appreciation of the saints!
It is even more dangerous if he seeks it from the world.
“Woe unto you when all men speak well of you, for
so their fathers did to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)
ILL. of two stories. Otis - praising my sermons,
wanted to have themmemographed and set to the
other preachers in the association. I wondered
until someone told me, "Oh, you know Odis.
His family slept in a tree during the boom days.
No housing, and one night he fell out on his
head. He never has been 'right' since then!”
God has a way of keeping things in balance.
IV. HIS ATTITUDE Verses 6-8
1. No burden to them. (make demands as apostles
of Christ)from the wor ...
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