“Being Gentle in our Ministry” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12) Sunday, July 15, 2018
Call to Worship
L: Gladden the soul of your servant, O Lord, for I lift up my soul to you.
P: We lift up our hearts unto the Lord!
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P: It is right to give God thanks and praise!
U: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, to always and everywhere give you praise!
Scripture (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Our reading comes from the first letter to the Thessalonians.
1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain,
2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.
3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery,
4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so, we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.
5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others,
7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.
8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves because you have become very dear to us.
9You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
10You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers.
11As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Being Gentle in our Ministry” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12) Sunday, July 15, 2018
“Being Gentle in our Ministry”
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