Paul's Commitment to the Church
Nov 19, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Paul was tirelessly available to his beloved people. Galatians 4:19, "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you." His love for the church sets the standard for all Christians to follow.
Romans 12:10-13, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality."
1. GIVING PREFERENCE. 10
2. PASSIONATE. 11
3. PERSEVERING. 12
4. PURSUING. 13
Paul made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life to serve the church Jesus gave His life to redeem.
Paul expressed his intimate love for the Thessalonian church
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, "But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us."
What lengths was Paul willing to go in order to help establish the church?
2 Corinthians 11:23-29, "Are they ministers of Christ? — I speak as a fool — I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness — besides t ...
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