First Thessalonians 2 explains Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians and its results. Paul was called by God to preach the gospel. Why? What is the purpose for sharing the Gospel with others?
The glory of the Church (19-20)
a) The greatest reward for a witness is a converted soul.
b) Notice that we are to witness with the rapture and eternity in view.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.
The answer is so others will have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and that they might be present with Him forever. Our witness should be in light of eternity. There is an eternal destiny waiting for all individuals, in the presence of Jesus or the presence of Satan, Heaven or Hell.
In light of this eternal destiny will we be God’s ambassadors sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
What have we learned from 1 Thessalonians 2?
Preach God’s word boldly, honestly, selflessly, gently, lovingly, tirelessly, unblameably, and encouragingly.
Expect results. Not yours, but God’s!
Witness in light of eternity
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001