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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

BOLD IN CHRIST            Page 4

V. 4 ** As we have just seen, what was Paul's great seal of approval?

He was approved by God Almighty! cf. 2Corinthians 2:17, James 1:12 and 2Timothy 2:15

** For what had Paul been approved?

Being "entrusted with the gospel". Talk about an awesome responsibility! Paul was to preserve, protect and proclaim God's gospel unto the salvation of men's souls.
cf. Galatians 2:7-9, 1Timothy 1:11

** Who else has been entrusted with this precious gospel of God?

All Christians - that means us! cf. 2Timothy 2:1-2

Christ to Paul
Paul to Timothy
Timothy to faithful men
Faithful men to others

** Has this pattern of passing on the truth of the gospel been entrusted just to pastors or "men"?

No- everyone who has been saved. cf. Matthew 10:32-33

** Just as it is a fact that all Christians are approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, what else is a fact according to verse four?

"...so we speak..." You should not be able to keep us quiet. The truth of God's word and the gospel has been given to us, if you poke us in our sleep, the truth should come out!

** Let's try to answer our first thought from the beginning of today's study. Why are we bold?

Because God Himself has chosen us and approved us for this holy calling! cf. Acts 9:15-16

** For our second thought - how do we develop boldness if we are naturally shy? What is the key motivator that compels a Christian to speak up for Christ, according to verse four?

"...not as pleasing men but God..." We are driven by the desire to please our God who gave up so much to purchase our souls for an eternity with Him.
cf. 2Corinthians 5:9, Colossians 1:10, Ephesians 5:10

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