by Marvin D. Patterson

Leadership Characteristics of Parenthood
Marvin Patterson
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12


Paul is the writer of this wonderful Epistle to the Church at Thessalonica. He planted this church with young Timothy and Silas on his second missionary journey under the stress of persecution. God blessed him for his efforts and the church grew and thrived for the glory of God! Now Paul puts his thoughts down in a letter, and includes instructions and doctrine that he wants these believers to understand and practice.

Last week we looked at six qualities of a great leader, but this week, we will investigate how that the Christian leader at times takes on the role of a mother and a father. We all are so fond of a mother's love, sacrifice, and nourishment for us as we grow up from infancy into adolescence, and finally into adulthood! And we all remember the protection and authority that dad showed as he guarded us from danger, and he led us in the right direction of life. Paul will recall and demonstrate to these young Christians that he was both a mother and a father to them in the few brief weeks that he had worked with them to establish a church in their midst. As you will remember, Paul is under the attack of criticism and slander, and he is showing his credentials for his ministry in this passage!


1- Leadership Nurtures like a mother
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Dr. J Vernon McGee adds here,
The word nurse here means ''a nursing mother,'' like a mother bird. This is Paul's positive expression of his relationship to the Thessalonians: ''I've been a nursing mother, a mother bird to you.'' Oh, the gentleness of Paul! He was as tender as a woman in his dealings with the church at Thessalonica.

The Lord Jesus said of Jerusalem: ''O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathe ...

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