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The Care Of
New Christians
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
July 28, 2013
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
July Memory Verse:
John 14:1-3
“Your heart must not be
troubled.  Believe in God;
believe also in  Me.  In My
Father’s house are many
dwelling places; if...
prepare a place for you. 
If I go away and prepare a
place for you, I will come
back and receive you to
 Myself, so that w...
www.cassandralai.files.wordpress.com
THE CARE OF
NEW CHRISTIANS
1 Thessalonians. 2:7-12
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
KJV
7 But we were gentle
among you, even as a
nurse (mother) cherisheth
her children:
8 So being affectionately
desirous of you, we were
willing to have imparted
unto you, not the gospel
of God only, but also...
9 For ye remember,
brethren, our labour and
travail: for labouring
night and day, because we
would not be chargeable
unto ...
10 Ye are witnesses, and
God also, how holily and
justly and unblameably
we behaved ourselves
among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we
exhorted and comforted
and charged every one of
you, as a father doth his
children,
12 That ye would walk
worthy of God, who hath
called you unto his
kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
KJV
1 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV
7 But we were gentle
among you, even as a
nurse (mother) cherisheth
her children:
Warren Wiersbe says that
just as the nursing mother
eats the food and
transforms it into milk for
the baby, so also the
ma...
shares its nourishment
with the younger
believers so they can grow
(1 Peter 2:2).
1 Peter 2:2 KJV
2  “As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of
the word, that ye may
grow thereby:”
But it is not easy to be a
"nursing mother."
Even Moses felt the
burden of caring for God's
people. (Numbers 11:12)
"Was i...
who brought them forth,
that Thou shouldest say to
me, 'Carry them in your
bosom as a nurse carries a
nursing infant, to t...
But if we do not nurse the
new Christians on the
milk of the Word, they
can never mature to
appreciate the meat of the
Wor...
Hebrews 5:12-14 NASB
12 For though by this time
you ought to be teachers,
you have need again for
someone to teach
you the...
principles of the oracles of
God, and you have come
to need milk and not solid
food.
13 For everyone who
partakes only of milk is
not accustomed to the
word of righteousness, for
he is an infant.
14 But solid food is for the
mature, who because of
practice have their
senses trained to discern
good and evil.
Hebrews 5...
J. Vernon McGee says that
the “nursing mother” is
also a picture of a mother
bird.
The Lord Jesus said of
Jerusalem:
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest
them which are sent...
have gathered thy
children together, even as
a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings,
and ye would not!"
(Matthew 23:...
How many times the Lord
Jesus says to us,
"Just come in under My
wings."
Paul was that kind of
mentor.
He loved the
Thessalonians with a
mother's love.
SACRIFICIAL LOVE
“we were well-pleased to
impart to you not only
the Gospel of God but
also our own lives,
because you had...
www.theresurgence.com
Besides imparting the
complete Gospel, Paul,
Silas, and Timothy shared
also their own lives.
*Literally, they gave up
their souls for those they
were mentoring.
*There was nothing
superficial or partial
about their ...
The chicken made a
contribution to breakfast,
but the pig made a total
commitment to breakfast!
Someone else poured
their lives into our lives,
now it is
our turn
to do the
same.
www.1bp.blogspot.com
The maternal metaphor only
partially describes the
effective
spiritual
mentor.
Describing the spiritual
mentor as a father
completes Paul's picture.
THE SPIRITUAL
MENTOR AS FATHER
“... imploring each one of
you as a father would his
own children,”
1 Thessalonians 2:11
THE FATHER AS MODEL
1 Thessalonians 2:10a
“You are witnesses, and so
is God, how devoutly and
uprightly and blamelessly
we...
www.ubdavid.org
Devoutly means "in a holy
manner" and emphasizes
how Paul, Silas, and
Timothy lived before God.
Their lives were holy.
In the Greek, this means
to "carefully fulfill the
duties God gives to a
person."
www.t3.gstatic.com
A dedicated life is a holy
life, lived always in the
presence of God.
A holy life has nothing to
do with obtaining your
salvation, but it has
everything to do with the
salvation of folk around...
Paul and his friends lives
were also righteous
(upright).
This refers to integrity,
uprightness of character,
and behavior.
This is not the
"righteousness of the
Law" but the practical
righteousness that God
works out in our lives as
we yield to ...
The adverb uprightly
("righteously") refers to
how well you deal
righteously toward both
other folks and God.
Their lives were also
unblamable.
Literally, this word means
"not able to find fault in."
His enemies might accuse
him, but no one could
level any charge against
Paul and prove it.
Christians are supposed
to be "...
this world (Phil. 2:15).
Philippians 2:15 KJV
15 That ye may be
blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a
crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye
shine as lights in the
world;
Philippians 2:15 KJV
www.1bp.blogspot.com
The word blamelessly
pertains to our reputation
before people.
In every respect, they
were exemplary spiritual
fathers, setting the
standard
for all
who have
followed.
1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
12 Don’t let anyone look
down on you because you
are young, but set an
example for the believers
in spe...
THE FATHER AS
TEACHER AND
MOTIVATOR
… imploring each one of
you as a father would his
own children,”
1 Thessalonians 2:11
As a father would his own
children expresses the
natural, normal function
of a father concerned
about the well-being of
hi...
Fathers are not only
examples, but also
instructors.
www.discipleblog.com
So the spiritual father is
not to be merely a model
but also a personal
teacher and motivator.
www.halftime.org
www.radicalmentoring.com
www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
This fatherly instruction
Paul uses in
1 Thessalonians is
conveyed in three verbs
describing what fathers
do and what Paul...
THE FATHER AS
TEACHER AND
MOTIVATOR
1 Thessalonians 2:11
“just as you know how
we were exhorting and
encouraging & implori...
1) Exhorting
2) Encouraging
3) Imploring
Exhorting is from
parakaleo,
(para-kal-EH-oh) literally
"to call alongside," and is
related to the noun
parakletos, "one w...
is one of the titles for the
Holy Spirit.
*The apostle referred to
coming alongside for the
purpose of aiding and
instruct...
1) Exhorting
2) Encouraging
3) Imploring
THE FATHER AS
TEACHER AND
MOTIVATOR
1 Thessalonians 2:11
“just as you know how
we were exhorting and
encouraging & implori...
Encouraging comes from
paramutheomai,
(para-moo-THEH-oh-my)
meaning to encourage in
the sense of comfort and
consolation, ...
www.ebenezerame.org
spiritual growth because
of the many obstacles and
failures Christians can
experience.
Paul comforted them.
This word carries the
same idea of
"encouragement," with
the emphasis on activity.
Paul not only made them
feel better, but he made
them want to do better.
A father must not pamper
a child; rather, he must...
www.knoxnews.com
“Never play the victim!”
Pat Summitt
She is the all-time
winning-est coach in
NCAA basketball history
of either a men's or
women's team in any
division.
She is the only coach in
NCAA history, and one of
three college coaches
overall, with at least 1,000
(1,098) victories.
Summitt was named the
Naismith Basketball
Coach of the Century in
April 2000.
In 2009, the Sporting
News placed her number
11 on its list of the 50
Greatest Coaches of All
Time in all sports; she was
...
In 38 years as a coach, she
never had a losing season.
Summitt has written three
books, all with co-author
Sally Jenkins:
...
Raise the Roof about the
Lady Vols' 1997–1998
undefeated and NCAA-
championship winning
season, and
Sum It Up, covering he...
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Christian encouragement
must not become an
anesthesia that puts us to
sleep.
It must be a stimulant that
awakens us to do ...
Used in John 11:19 and 31
for the consolation given
to the grieving family of
Lazarus, the word was
reserved for the tende...
needed by a struggling,
burdened, heartbroken
child. (Abba)
*This beautiful expression
of natural fatherly
kindness also f...
Encouraging also means
"to persuade."
There was an urgency in
Paul's message to the
Thessalonians.
He often said, "I besee...
1 I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of
God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptab...
1) Exhorting
2) Encouraging
3) Imploring
1 Thessalonians 2:11
“just as you know how
we were exhorting and
encouraging and
imploring each one of
you as a father wou...
Finally, Paul reminded
the believers that he had
been imploring each one
(singling them out
personally), charging
them.
Imploring is the Greek
participle marturomenoi,
(mar-TOO-rome-my)
which is usually
translated "testifying," or
"witnessing...
so many faithful
witnesses died for their
boldness.
Paul implored (charged)
them.
This word means that
Paul "testified to them"
out of his own experience
with the Lord.
It carries the idea of
giving personal witness.
Sometimes we go through
difficulties so that we may
share with new Christi...
God "comforts us in all
our troubles, so that we
can comfort those in any
trouble with the comfort
we ourselves have
recei...
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NASB
 
3 “Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of
mercies and God of all...
4 who comforts us in all
our affliction so that we
will be able to comfort
those who are in any
affliction with the comfor...
5 For just as the sufferings
of Christ are ours in
abundance, so also our
comfort is abundant
through Christ.
6 But if we are afflicted, it
is for your comfort and
salvation; or if we are
comforted, it is for your
comfort, which is ...
we also suffer; 
7 and our hope for you is
firmly grounded,
knowing that as you are
sharers of our sufferings,
so also you...
Paul also warned
(charged, implored) the
Thessalonians that any
deviation from the
divinely prescribed course
of conduct h...
The warning was an
admonishment that if
they did not follow the
course laid out for them,
they, as disobedient
children wo...
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expect to receive spiritual
discipline from the
apostle.
Paul "charged" them.
This has a note of severity
in it -- it involves
discipline.
It is a virile word, a
robust, firm, mas...
*We find a lot of sissy
preaching in the pulpits
across the US today.
*The popular thing is to
have a little sermonette
gi...
www.wallpaper4god.com
There is little urgency in
many churches today!
The average church
service in a liberal church
is when a mild-mannered
speaker gets up before a
group of mild-mannered
peo...
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“That is sickening, my
friend!”
THE FATHER AS
PRODUCER
1 Thessalonians 2:12
“so that you would walk
in a manner worthy of
the God Who calls you
into His own kingdom
and glory.”
1 Thessalonians 2:12
What was the purpose for
this fatherly ministry to
the believers?
His aim was that his
children might "walk
worthy of God"...
Just as a father wants to
be proud of his children,
so the Lord wants to get
glory through the lives of
His children.
"I was very glad to find
some of your children
walking in truth"
(2 John 4, NASB).
Paul ministered to them
in such a personal way
because he was teaching
them how to walk.
Like a father whose goal
is the mature wisdom of
his children, the apostle
Paul concluded his
exhortation by affirming
tha...
efforts until he produces
sons and daughters who
walk in a manner worthy
— live mature lives (fruit).
Walk refers to daily...
10 walk in a manner
worthy of the Lord,
pleasing Him in all
respects, bearing fruit in
every good work and
increasing in t...
THE FATHER AS
PRODUCER
1 Thessalonians 2:12
“so that you would walk
in a manner worthy of
the God Who calls you…
The verb “calls” in
1 Thessalonians 2:12 is in
the present tense:
"who is continually
calling you."
God called us to salvation
(2 Thess. 2:13-14), and He
is constantly calling us to
a life of holiness and
obedience.
"But as He which hath
called you is holy, so be
ye holy in all manner of
conversation [behavior];
because it is written,
'...
“that ye should shew
forth the praises of him
who hath called you out
of darkness into his
marvellous light;”
1 Peter 2:9 ...
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Paul stated the singular
end of that saving call —
entrance into
God’s own
kingdom
and glory.
What is the
number 1 thing?
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God has called us unto
“His kingdom”, which
refers to the millennial
kingdom, and
unto “glory”, which refers
to the eterna...
In other words, get a
perspective of God's great
plan and purpose.
Live in the light of
eternity.
Though they had not yet
seen either the millennial
kingdom or the eternal
kingdom, they were
already citizens of the
redee...
Romans 14:17 KJV
17 For the kingdom of
God is not meat and
drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the
Holy Ghost.
www.winnetka-heights.com
Thus they had a present
share in the glory of God
as well as a promise of the
future glory in the...
All believers (that would
be us) look forward to
sharing in the full glory of
the heavenly kingdom
when God raises us to b...
The parental pictures of
spiritual mentorship in
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
clearly demonstrate that it
is not enough for ment...
spiritual mothers.
We also need to live
uncompromising, pure,
and exemplary lives as
spiritual fathers — lives
that, in th...
for all to follow.
Furthermore, we need to
teach the truth faithfully,
building up the saints in
spiritual wisdom and
disp...
alongside and exhort and
call our spiritual children
to obedience, through
both strong discipline and
tender consolation.
These efforts lead those
we mentor to live in a
way that honors God,
Who has called them to
His eternal kingdom and
glory.
This passage gives us a
beautiful example of New
Testament follow-up.
Paul has shown us how to
raise the babies.
We must be faithful
stewards, loving mothers,
and concerned fathers.
If we are not faithful to
God, we may find
ourselves becoming
doting mothers and
pampering fathers.
Children need discipline
as well as love.
In fact, discipline is one
evidence of love.
No wonder the church at
Thessalonica prospered in
spite of persecution, and
shared the Gospel with
others for miles around.
They had been born right
(1 Thes. 1) and nurtured
right (1 Thes. 2).
This is a good example for
us to follow.
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  1. 1. The Care Of New Christians 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 July 28, 2013 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. July Memory Verse: John 14:1-3
  3. 3. “Your heart must not be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in  Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to
  4. 4. prepare a place for you.  If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to  Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3
  5. 5. www.cassandralai.files.wordpress.com
  6. 6. THE CARE OF NEW CHRISTIANS 1 Thessalonians. 2:7-12
  7. 7. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 KJV 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse (mother) cherisheth her children:
  8. 8. 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
  9. 9. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
  10. 10. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
  11. 11. 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
  12. 12. 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 KJV
  13. 13. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse (mother) cherisheth her children:
  14. 14. Warren Wiersbe says that just as the nursing mother eats the food and transforms it into milk for the baby, so also the mature Christian feeds on the Word of God and then
  15. 15. shares its nourishment with the younger believers so they can grow (1 Peter 2:2).
  16. 16. 1 Peter 2:2 KJV 2  “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
  17. 17. But it is not easy to be a "nursing mother." Even Moses felt the burden of caring for God's people. (Numbers 11:12) "Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I
  18. 18. who brought them forth, that Thou shouldest say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which Thou didst swear to their fathers'?“ Num 11
  19. 19. But if we do not nurse the new Christians on the milk of the Word, they can never mature to appreciate the meat of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14).
  20. 20. Hebrews 5:12-14 NASB 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary
  21. 21. principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
  22. 22. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
  23. 23. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14 NASB
  24. 24. J. Vernon McGee says that the “nursing mother” is also a picture of a mother bird.
  25. 25. The Lord Jesus said of Jerusalem: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I
  26. 26. have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37).
  27. 27. How many times the Lord Jesus says to us, "Just come in under My wings."
  28. 28. Paul was that kind of mentor. He loved the Thessalonians with a mother's love.
  29. 29. SACRIFICIAL LOVE “we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.” (2:8 b)
  30. 30. www.theresurgence.com Besides imparting the complete Gospel, Paul, Silas, and Timothy shared also their own lives.
  31. 31. *Literally, they gave up their souls for those they were mentoring. *There was nothing superficial or partial about their sacrificial service.
  32. 32. The chicken made a contribution to breakfast, but the pig made a total commitment to breakfast!
  33. 33. Someone else poured their lives into our lives, now it is our turn to do the same.
  34. 34. www.1bp.blogspot.com The maternal metaphor only partially describes the effective spiritual mentor.
  35. 35. Describing the spiritual mentor as a father completes Paul's picture.
  36. 36. THE SPIRITUAL MENTOR AS FATHER “... imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,” 1 Thessalonians 2:11
  37. 37. THE FATHER AS MODEL 1 Thessalonians 2:10a “You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;”
  38. 38. www.ubdavid.org Devoutly means "in a holy manner" and emphasizes how Paul, Silas, and Timothy lived before God.
  39. 39. Their lives were holy. In the Greek, this means to "carefully fulfill the duties God gives to a person."
  40. 40. www.t3.gstatic.com A dedicated life is a holy life, lived always in the presence of God.
  41. 41. A holy life has nothing to do with obtaining your salvation, but it has everything to do with the salvation of folk around you, because they are watching you.
  42. 42. Paul and his friends lives were also righteous (upright). This refers to integrity, uprightness of character, and behavior.
  43. 43. This is not the "righteousness of the Law" but the practical righteousness that God works out in our lives as we yield to Him.
  44. 44. The adverb uprightly ("righteously") refers to how well you deal righteously toward both other folks and God.
  45. 45. Their lives were also unblamable. Literally, this word means "not able to find fault in."
  46. 46. His enemies might accuse him, but no one could level any charge against Paul and prove it. Christians are supposed to be "blameless and harmless" as we live in
  47. 47. this world (Phil. 2:15). Philippians 2:15 KJV 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
  48. 48. rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Philippians 2:15 KJV
  49. 49. www.1bp.blogspot.com The word blamelessly pertains to our reputation before people.
  50. 50. In every respect, they were exemplary spiritual fathers, setting the standard for all who have followed.
  51. 51. 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
  52. 52. THE FATHER AS TEACHER AND MOTIVATOR … imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,” 1 Thessalonians 2:11
  53. 53. As a father would his own children expresses the natural, normal function of a father concerned about the well-being of his own children.
  54. 54. Fathers are not only examples, but also instructors.
  55. 55. www.discipleblog.com So the spiritual father is not to be merely a model but also a personal teacher and motivator.
  56. 56. www.halftime.org
  57. 57. www.radicalmentoring.com
  58. 58. www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
  59. 59. This fatherly instruction Paul uses in 1 Thessalonians is conveyed in three verbs describing what fathers do and what Paul had done continually.
  60. 60. THE FATHER AS TEACHER AND MOTIVATOR 1 Thessalonians 2:11 “just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging & imploring
  61. 61. 1) Exhorting 2) Encouraging 3) Imploring
  62. 62. Exhorting is from parakaleo, (para-kal-EH-oh) literally "to call alongside," and is related to the noun parakletos, "one who comes alongside," which
  63. 63. is one of the titles for the Holy Spirit. *The apostle referred to coming alongside for the purpose of aiding and instructing wisely to build character into the mentee.
  64. 64. 1) Exhorting 2) Encouraging 3) Imploring
  65. 65. THE FATHER AS TEACHER AND MOTIVATOR 1 Thessalonians 2:11 “just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging & imploring
  66. 66. Encouraging comes from paramutheomai, (para-moo-THEH-oh-my) meaning to encourage in the sense of comfort and consolation, is so critical in assisting toward
  67. 67. www.ebenezerame.org spiritual growth because of the many obstacles and failures Christians can experience.
  68. 68. Paul comforted them. This word carries the same idea of "encouragement," with the emphasis on activity.
  69. 69. Paul not only made them feel better, but he made them want to do better. A father must not pamper a child; rather, he must encourage the child to go right back and try again.
  70. 70. www.knoxnews.com “Never play the victim!” Pat Summitt
  71. 71. She is the all-time winning-est coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men's or women's team in any division.
  72. 72. She is the only coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with at least 1,000 (1,098) victories.
  73. 73. Summitt was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in April 2000.
  74. 74. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list.
  75. 75. In 38 years as a coach, she never had a losing season. Summitt has written three books, all with co-author Sally Jenkins: Reach for the Summitt, (motivational/biography),
  76. 76. Raise the Roof about the Lady Vols' 1997–1998 undefeated and NCAA- championship winning season, and Sum It Up, covering her life with Alzheimer's.
  77. 77. www.skepticalraptor.com
  78. 78. www.nooga.com
  79. 79. www.govolsxtra.com
  80. 80. Christian encouragement must not become an anesthesia that puts us to sleep. It must be a stimulant that awakens us to do better.
  81. 81. Used in John 11:19 and 31 for the consolation given to the grieving family of Lazarus, the word was reserved for the tender, restorative, compassionate uplifting
  82. 82. needed by a struggling, burdened, heartbroken child. (Abba) *This beautiful expression of natural fatherly kindness also fits the spiritual father.
  83. 83. Encouraging also means "to persuade." There was an urgency in Paul's message to the Thessalonians. He often said, "I beseech you" -- I beg you.
  84. 84. 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
  85. 85. 1) Exhorting 2) Encouraging 3) Imploring
  86. 86. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 “just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,”
  87. 87. Finally, Paul reminded the believers that he had been imploring each one (singling them out personally), charging them.
  88. 88. Imploring is the Greek participle marturomenoi, (mar-TOO-rome-my) which is usually translated "testifying," or "witnessing," is related to the word martyr because
  89. 89. so many faithful witnesses died for their boldness.
  90. 90. Paul implored (charged) them. This word means that Paul "testified to them" out of his own experience with the Lord.
  91. 91. It carries the idea of giving personal witness. Sometimes we go through difficulties so that we may share with new Christians what the Lord has done.
  92. 92. God "comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:4, NIV)
  93. 93. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NASB   3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
  94. 94. 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
  95. 95. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
  96. 96. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which
  97. 97. we also suffer;  7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.” 2 Cor 1:3-7
  98. 98. Paul also warned (charged, implored) the Thessalonians that any deviation from the divinely prescribed course of conduct had serious consequences.
  99. 99. The warning was an admonishment that if they did not follow the course laid out for them, they, as disobedient children would receive from a father, could
  100. 100. www.2.bp.blogspot.com expect to receive spiritual discipline from the apostle.
  101. 101. Paul "charged" them. This has a note of severity in it -- it involves discipline. It is a virile word, a robust, firm, masculine word.
  102. 102. *We find a lot of sissy preaching in the pulpits across the US today. *The popular thing is to have a little sermonette given by a preacherette to Christianettes.
  103. 103. www.wallpaper4god.com There is little urgency in many churches today!
  104. 104. The average church service in a liberal church is when a mild-mannered speaker gets up before a group of mild-mannered people and urges them to be more mild-mannered.
  105. 105. www.images.radcity.net “That is sickening, my friend!”
  106. 106. THE FATHER AS PRODUCER 1 Thessalonians 2:12 “so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God Who calls you
  107. 107. into His own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:12
  108. 108. What was the purpose for this fatherly ministry to the believers? His aim was that his children might "walk worthy of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:12).
  109. 109. Just as a father wants to be proud of his children, so the Lord wants to get glory through the lives of His children.
  110. 110. "I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth" (2 John 4, NASB).
  111. 111. Paul ministered to them in such a personal way because he was teaching them how to walk.
  112. 112. Like a father whose goal is the mature wisdom of his children, the apostle Paul concluded his exhortation by affirming that a spiritual father will endeavor to continue his
  113. 113. efforts until he produces sons and daughters who walk in a manner worthy — live mature lives (fruit). Walk refers to daily conduct.
  114. 114. 10 walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Col 1)
  115. 115. THE FATHER AS PRODUCER 1 Thessalonians 2:12 “so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God Who calls you…
  116. 116. The verb “calls” in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 is in the present tense: "who is continually calling you."
  117. 117. God called us to salvation (2 Thess. 2:13-14), and He is constantly calling us to a life of holiness and obedience.
  118. 118. "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [behavior]; because it is written, 'Be ye holy, for I am holy'" (1 Peter 1:15-16).
  119. 119. “that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9 KJV
  120. 120. thefinalcall.org Paul stated the singular end of that saving call — entrance into God’s own kingdom and glory.
  121. 121. What is the number 1 thing?
  122. 122. www.2.bp.blogspot.com
  123. 123. God has called us unto “His kingdom”, which refers to the millennial kingdom, and unto “glory”, which refers to the eternal kingdom.
  124. 124. In other words, get a perspective of God's great plan and purpose. Live in the light of eternity.
  125. 125. Though they had not yet seen either the millennial kingdom or the eternal kingdom, they were already citizens of the redeemed kingdom over which God now rules.
  126. 126. Romans 14:17 KJV 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
  127. 127. www.winnetka-heights.com Thus they had a present share in the glory of God as well as a promise of the future glory in the kingdom yet to come.
  128. 128. All believers (that would be us) look forward to sharing in the full glory of the heavenly kingdom when God raises us to be like Christ and with Him for eternity.
  129. 129. The parental pictures of spiritual mentorship in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 clearly demonstrate that it is not enough for mentors just to be compassionate, tender, and caring as
  130. 130. spiritual mothers. We also need to live uncompromising, pure, and exemplary lives as spiritual fathers — lives that, in their motives and actions, set the standard
  131. 131. for all to follow. Furthermore, we need to teach the truth faithfully, building up the saints in spiritual wisdom and display the courage of conviction to come
  132. 132. alongside and exhort and call our spiritual children to obedience, through both strong discipline and tender consolation.
  133. 133. These efforts lead those we mentor to live in a way that honors God, Who has called them to His eternal kingdom and glory.
  134. 134. This passage gives us a beautiful example of New Testament follow-up. Paul has shown us how to raise the babies.
  135. 135. We must be faithful stewards, loving mothers, and concerned fathers.
  136. 136. If we are not faithful to God, we may find ourselves becoming doting mothers and pampering fathers.
  137. 137. Children need discipline as well as love. In fact, discipline is one evidence of love.
  138. 138. No wonder the church at Thessalonica prospered in spite of persecution, and shared the Gospel with others for miles around.
  139. 139. They had been born right (1 Thes. 1) and nurtured right (1 Thes. 2). This is a good example for us to follow.
  140. 140. Facebook Gracebook
  141. 141. www.a.espncdn.com “Never play the victim!” Pat Summitt

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