Leadership Model, All
Roles Excellent My friends, you know that our time with you wasnt wasted. As you remember, we had been mistreated and insulted at Philippi. But God gave us the courage to tell you the good news about him, even though many people caused us trouble. We didnt have any hidden motives when we won you over, and we didnt try to fool or trick anyone.
God was pleased to trust us with his message. We didnt speak to please people, but to please God who knows our motives. You also know that we didnt try to flatter anyone. God himself knows that what we did wasnt a cover-up for greed. We were not trying to get you or anyone else to praise us.
But as apostles, we could have demanded help from you. After all, Christ is the one who sent us. We chose to be like children or like a mother nursing her baby. We cared so much for you, and
you became so dear to us,
that we were willing to give our lives for you when we gave you Gods message.
My dear friends, you surely havent forgotten our hard work and hardships. You remember how night and day we struggled to make a living, so that we could tell you Gods message without being a burden to anyone. Both you and God are witnesses that we were pure and honest and innocent in our dealings with you followers of the Lord. Roes excellent.
You also know we did everything for you
that parents would do
for their own children. We begged, encouraged, and urged each of you to live in a way that would honor God. He is the one who chose you to share in his own kingdom and glory. We always thank God that you believed the message we preached. It came from him, and it isnt something made up by humans.
You accepted it as Gods message
, and now he is working in you. My friends, you did just like Gods churches in Judea and like the other followers of Christ Jesus there. And so, you were mistreated by your own people, in the same way they were mistreated by their people. Roles excellent.
Those evil people killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and they even chased us away. God doesnt like what they do and neither does anyone else. They keep us from speaking his message to the Gentiles and from leading them to be saved. They have always gone too far with their sins. Now God has finally become angry and will punish them. 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
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