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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5:14-17 (10 of 11)
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be
patient toward all [men].
Now the leadership is not the only ones who are to
admonish, but the members of the church body as well.
Now we must get out of our thinking that our
responsibility is just to show up. We are to warn and
train as the opportunity arises. This shows unanimity
with the pastor who has trained you. Also we need to
rid our thinking of another misconception based on bag
and baggage thinking and just plain laziness. That is
the notion that all the work is to be done by the
pastor. You, the congregation, are clearly responsible
1. Admonish the unruly. What does it mean to be
unruly? It speaks of those deviating from the
prescribed order or rule in the church, IE: pastor.
This word unruly was used in Greek society of those
who did not show up for work. It refers to the lazy,
Now notice that the congregation is to submit to the
rule of the pastor. Those who don’t are the unruly.
YOU are to warn them and to teach them the importance
of submitting to the rulership of the pastor and to
love him because of the great work of ministry. This
is YOUR responsibility. This is to be done at YOUR
level. You may say, I don’t know how to admonish
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the
power of the Holy Ghost.
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren,
that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all
knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Moral goodness and knowledge of the truth makes one
ready to admonish.
The body is not only to warn the unruly, but to
COMFORT THE FEEBLEMINDED. This means to encourage and
to console the fainthearted. Well who are the
fainthearted? The ...
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