Chapter Three, Lesson One
CHRIST HONORING LEADERSHIP Page
Christ Honoring Leadership
V. 1 ** Up to this point in his letter, what has been Pauls
main concern for his beloved Thessalonian brothers and sisters?
The spiritual stability of the saints living there in Thessalonica.
He has been encouraging and strengthening them from the beginning of
V.3 Give thanks to God for them
V.4 Speak proudly of them
V.5 Considered worthy of the kingdom
V.6-9 Gods justice in pouring out His judgment upon the wicked
V.10-12 Glorified with Christ
V.1-2 Do not be shaken or disturbed
V.3-10 Teaching of end time events
V.11-12 Gods righteous judgment
V.13 Gods choosing them for salvation
V.14-15 Encouraging and strengthening them to stand firm and hold
onto the truth
V.16-17 Praying for their comfort and strength while walking with
** Having observed Paul do all of that, one might conclude that the
Thessalonians were helpless babes in the faith and that Paul was the spiritual
giant; who had his own act so together, he did not need anyones
help. To completely dispel that notion, what does Paul now do to elevate
the view which the Thessalonians might have of themselves?
He says Finally or in conclusion to all that he has been
saying, I need for you young believers there in Thessalonica to pray
Paul does not exalt himself above his reader, because he is an apostle
of Jesus Christ. Rather, he displays the one characteristic of Christ
Honoring Leadership, which is true humility. Paul now humbly
bears the need of his own heart and he depends upon the faithful prayers
of these same Thessalonian saints.
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