(Part 3 of 4)
OVERVIEW OF PAUL’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR PASTORS
1 Thessalonians 1:1-4… The four principles of truth that form a foundation for the successful care of the saints amid trial and suffering are plainly seen here.
1 Thessalonians 1:1… Paul, Silas and Timothy… Notice the “being joined together with others,” a local church pastoral team. Paul didn’t minister alone. This principle of team support is all through the New Testament. In Mark 6:7, Jesus sent the twelve two by two. In Luke 10:1, Jesus sent the seventy, two by two. In Matthew 18:18-20, we see that when ministries functioned as a team, they carried with them the authority of the Kingdom of God (binding and loosing). When they prayed together, they had unlimited answers to prayer. Not only that, they had the presence of Jesus in their midst. A team that gathers together “in My name” will know the presence of Jesus. It is His presence that gets the job done. In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John went together to pray and came upon a lame man begging. There was a great miracle. In Paul’s epistles, his opening statements show that he never ministered alone. It was Paul and someone else: in 1 Corinthians 1:1, Paul and Sosthenes; in 2 Corinthians 1:1, Paul and Timothy; and in Galatians 1:1-2, Paul and all the brethren with him. Team support is a must in the latter days prior to the coming of Christ. Team ministry makes for powerful evangelism.
1 Thessalonians 1:2… “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers” (KJV). Paul opened all of his epistles with a note that he was praying for the saints. He was thankful for the people God gave him to minister to (Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:3, Ephesians 1:16). Proverbs 27:23… “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” Prayer invites the Holy Spirit to keep watch over the flock.
1 Thessalonians 1:3… “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father” (KJV). Here, we see another great truth to secure the last day saints. Be mindful of what the saints do in church and show appreciation for what they are doing. Paul gave out encouragement. People will soon give up even smallest duties if they are taken for granted.
1 Thessalonians 1:4… “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God” (KJV). Paul recognized the hand of God on the lives of those who ministered and those who were ministered to. The word “knowing” means “being aware of, having insight, seeing the hand of God on other people’s lives.” Too often, seniors are neglected “as if they had never been anointed” (2 Samuel 1:21). The word “election” means “divine selection, chosen, and set apart.” God assigns tasks to His people in the local church.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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