by Curt Dodd

A Heart For Ministry
Dr. Curt Dodd
I Thessalonians 2:1-20

This is a great chapter. It's a needed chapter. This is one of these
chapter that we probably could have done with our leadership when we were doing
our training of leadership. Boy, this is a very important deal. In fact, if
you were going to title what I am about to read to you, it is A Heart For
Ministry. Most of you who are here tonight, you are involved in some kind of
leadership within a small group or some ministry in our church, so it is very
important that you grab hold of this. It is very critical because you hear
Paul's heart for ministry and what God had called him to do. So why don't you
follow along with me there in Chapter 2, verse 1 and following. Here is what
the Bible says. "You know brothers that our visit to you was not a failure. We
had previously suffered and been insulted in Phillipi, as you know, but with the
help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we
trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be
entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests
our hearts. 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 loved 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.
Surely you remember brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in
order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
You are witnesses, and so is God of how holy, righteous and blameless we were
among you w ...

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