"ADVICE TO A CHURCH"
1 Thess. 5:12-15
Intro: Paul had received a good report from Timothy (1:2-10)
and yet there was a restlessness that prevailed in the
fellowship of the church. (Verse 14, speak of disorderly people).
There was an independent spirit in the heart of some who
were having a struggle with the principle laid out by the
4:8 "Therefore he who rejects this instruction does not
request men, but God who gives you His Holy Spirit."
So Paul comes to an end with a chain of jewels of good
He has soared to the heavenlies with the dramatic teaching
of the Second Coming, but he has to deal with the practical
problem of sinful human nature. Verse, "Live in peace
with each other."
1. Duties toward pastors. 5:12-13
2. Duties toward people (church members) 5: 14-15
I. DUTIES TOWARD PASTORS
Here Paul describes them more by function than
by office or title. There were not three kinds of
leaders but leaders characterized by:
1) Laborers, toilers. Men who exert themselves
in the interest of their brothers. Explaining the gospel/
applying it to concrete situations, warning/admonishing/
helping/encouraging - for their benefit amid great difficulty
ILL. Old word for "toil" even if weary! Paul
used it for manual labor (1 Cor. 4:12). Paul used
it for religious work (Rom. 16:12). The term
reveals the strain of spiritual leadership.
The greatest area of breakdowns and break-up of lives
and marriages is among Christian workers! Expectation
of church members is tremendous and high. The average
association has 10-20% of churches without pastors. Turn-
2) Superintendents or managers. (Those who
are over you.) By virtue of being in the
Lord appointed by God (The Lord is head of the church!).
Those who put their brothers in mind. "Putting
sense into the heads of people." A thankless but necessary
task. Perhaps this is where prob ...
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