THE MEASURE OF A MINISTER
Dr. Miles Seaborn
1 Thess. 2:1-12
INTRO. Verses 1 - 2, Five principles of leadership
from "Whose Holding the Umbrella?" by William Yeager.
1. The leader leads at any cost. Captain Mark.
2. Lead or others will. "Joe" leaders will
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
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
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 father did to the false prophets." Luke 6:26
ILL. of two stories. Otis - praising my sermons,
wanted to have them mimeographed and sent to
other preachers in the association. I wondered
until someone told me, "Oh, you know Otis. 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 them!" God has a
way of keeping things in balance.
IV. HIS ATTITUDE - verses 6-8
1. No burden to them. (make demands as ...
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