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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

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V. 5 (cont'd.)

** What does Paul say at the beginning of this verse to indicate how important it is to not flatter someone?

He said, "...we never came with flattering speech"

** Still here in verse five, did the Thessalonians think they had be flattered?

No - Paul adds, "...as you know..." They had heard and believed the gospel truth about their own sin and their desperate need for a Savior.

** Paul now moves on to the second style of evangelism which must be avoided. What is it?

Preaching or witnessing "with a pretext for greed"

Pretext (prophasis in the Greek) literally means "to weave in front", a cloak or covering. Paul is saying that we did not come to you using evangelism as a covering for our greed.

** Do you think that ever happens?

Absolutely! All see - Acts 8:9-21 cf. Philippians 1:15-18

** Did Paul avoid this trap of using the gospel for financial gain?

Yes he did! And we can prove it Biblically. cf. 1Corinthians 9:13-18

** Paul had a pure heart behind his desire to share God's saving truth. He did not care about the things of this world. How do we know he was serious about this claim to be free from greed?

He calls God Himself as his witness!

** If there were any greed in the heart of Paul, would we necessarily know it?

No - he could hide it from us, but not from the God that he calls to be his witness.
cf. 1Samuel 16:7

Like the apostle Paul, we should invite the Lord to examine our hearts and remove any hurtful way that He might find there, including greedy motives. cf. Psalm 139:23-24

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