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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

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V. 6 ** As we move into verse six, what is the third style of evangelism which must be avoided?

Seeking glory from men!

** Who can you think of that was constantly driven by that sinful motive?

The Pharisees - Matthew 6:

V. 2 - "...that they may be honored by men"
V. 5 - "...in order to be seen by men"
V.16 - "...to be seen fasting by men"

** According to this verse, is Paul at all concerned about the glory men would bestow upon him?

Not at all! He eliminates all possible human source for praise or attention. He did not seek glory from men, "either from you or from others". cf. 1Corinthians 4:3-4

** What is it about the last half of this verse that makes Paul's humility even more amazing?

He was an "apostolos" or sent one, by Jesus Christ Himself! He did miracles, spoke the word of God, raised people from the dead and truly represented Christ to the world. And yet, he was humble beyond our understanding!

V. 7 ** Instead of coming to the Thessalonians with these three erroneous methods or styles of evangelism, instead of lording his authority over them, how did Paul and company treat the Thessalonians?

"...we proved to be gentle among you..."

** How gentle were they in their methods of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who lived in there Thessalonica?

They were as gentle as "a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children".

** Which three words used by Paul here in verse seven shows you that he had become "Bound in Christ" to the Thessalonians?

1) nursing - trophos "to nourish or feed"
2) tenderly - to warm or cherish
3) own - personal possessive, the were bound!

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