The story is told about a Spanish father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the
father tried to find him. He searched to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father
put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet … More
This passage gives us a beautiful example of New Testament follow-up. Paul shows us how to raise baby Christians. He considered himself a “spiritual father” to the believers at Thessalonica. Paul, Silas and Timothy not only told the Christians at Thessalonica how to live, they showed them how to live. Paul points out three of his duties as the spiritual father:
The purpose of this fatherly ministry was that his children (new believers) might “walk worthy of God” (v. 12). Paul ministered to them in a personal way because he was teaching them how to walk. If we follow these principles we will be able to share the gospel with many people.
Just as I have tried to provide for my children physically, mentally and spiritually I need to look for new believers that I can take under my wing until they are spiritually prepared to stand alone.
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
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I Thessalonians 1:1-5Ingredients For Growing a Christian
I Thessalonians 1:6-8An Exemplary People
I Thessalonians 1:9-10An Obvious Change Takes Place
I Thessalonians 2:1-2Paul, Silas And Timothy Were Bold
I Thessalonians 2:3-4Paul’s Conduct Was Never Questionable
I Thessalonians 2:5-6Paul’s Ministry Characterized
I Thessalonians 2:7- 8Paul Was Always Gentle
I Thessalonians 2:9-12The Concerned Father
I Thessalonians 2:13-16Persecution is Bound to Come
I Thessalonians 2:17-20Three Motivations For Christian Growth
I Thessalonians 3:1-5Paul’s Concern For The Believers
I Thessalonians 3:6-8Remember Where You Came From
I Thessalonians 3:9-13Prayer Changes Things
I Thessalonians 4:1-8A Plea For Purity
I Thessalonians 4:9-10How Are You Showing Love to Others?
I Thessalonians 4:11-12Goals For Everyday Living
I Thessalonians 4:13-18The Rapture of The Church
I Thessalonians 5:1-11The Day of The Lord
I Thessalonians 5:12-15Responsibilities as Believers
I Thessalonians 5:16-22Exhortations For Holy Living
I Thessalonians 5:23-28The Elements of Worship