Tolga Community Church

Tolga Community Church
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians 2:7-9

We need to be involved in the life of the town.  Paul and his companions put their heart and life into serving the people.

Sometimes Christian workers treat the Gospel as a commodity.  But it's not.  That's not how Paul and his companions presented the Gospel.

V7  nursing mother - a slave often was given the task to fully give herself to the well being of the child.

Paul likewise presents this as how they served.

Then they served like a father. 

A Pastor is an overseer with the gift of teaching. (Ephesians)  Most of the time they are overseer/shepherds.

The apostles come into the town and they confront the role of priest.  Jesus was a Rabbi - teacher.

A father - as we look to learn spiritual lessons - love and commitment.

They dealt with new believers as a father with children.   Encouragement and love and provide guidance.   Exhort (build up a person), teach and help children to accept their responsibilities so they get through life.

Children respond well to encouragement.   They want to please their parents.

Exhortation and discipline - then believers will mature and grow up.

Barnabas = son of encouragement.

He demonstrated this character.   He reached out to Paul. 

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