THE CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY OF GOD'S SERVANT
I Thess. 2:1-6
April 2, 1995
INTRODUCTION: God has done a great work in Thessalonica
through the Apostle Paul and his associates. This text shows
that the Jews were trying to undermine the influence of Paul's
message by discrediting his personal life. They were saying,
"Paul and his associates are deluded individuals who for selfish
reasons and with trickery are trying to exploit the people."
Paul discloses his mind, expresses his emotions and bares his
soul. These Jews were launching a malicious smear campaign
in order to undermine his authority as an apostle and his gospel
message in turn discrediting him. The truth of the gospel and
the future of the church were at stake.
In refuting the charges brought against the missionaries by
their opponents, Paul reminds the Thess. Christians of the
truthfulness and sincerity of their preaching, of the purity of
their conduct, and of their strong affection toward them.
I. PAUL'S TESTING OF SINCERITY. v.1-2
A. PRESENT TESTIMONY. 1
"you yourselves" - personal witness; they knew first
hand; others had heard and responded but you ar the
ones we know.
No witness ...
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