by Marvin D. Patterson

Six Characteristics of a Great Leader
Marvin Patterson
1 Thessalonians 2:1

INTRO.- ILL.- Pete walked up to his teacher's desk, holding a report card with a big red F.

''If I were you,'' said Pete, ''I would change this while you still can.'' ''Why is that?'' asked the teacher.

''Because my daddy told me that if I brought home one more failing report card, someone was going to get a beating.''


We are continuing our study here in the Epistle that Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica after he planted it on his second missionary journey! Paul was a wonderful leader from which we can learn. We saw in chapter one that this church was full of grace and truth. They had a wonderful testimony and reputation among the surrounding cities and churches!

In this passage Paul gives his credentials. Apparently there were certain troublemakers who were accusing Paul of things that were not true. They made out like Paul was a false prophet. They accused him of being ungodly, and even preaching error. They also said that he was an immoral man who was in it for the money! That is usually what you find in a false prophet. They are immoral, and they are greedy of wealth! Paul refutes these charges, and bears his heart towards these believers in this chapter.

2:1-12 A person's ministry will not be in vain (v. 1) if he has pure motives (v. 3), if he seeks God's approval (vv. 4-6), and if he loves his people with a mother's self-giving love (vv. 7-9) and a father's encouraging and correcting love (vv. 10-12).

How to Be a Great Leader?


1-Live honestly

1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
Paul says that his coming to their city and planting this church was not in vain. What does that mean? The word for vain is significant. It means,
Thayer Definition:
1) empty, vain, devoid of truth
1a) of places, vessels, etc. which contain nothing
1b) of men
1b1) empty handed
1b2) wit ...

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