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Summary: Paul then reminds him of the responsibility which was entrusted to him of sharing the gospel and also his own accountability to God in 1 Thessalonians 2:4.

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1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

“Paul’s Courage Before Them”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-4

I. Paul’s COURAGE before them. (vv. 1-4).

A. His APPROACH towards them was not in vain. (v.1) entrance was neither empty-handed nor fruitless

B. His AFFLICTION in boldly proclaiming the gospel to them. (v. 2) suffering in agony

C. His APPEAL (ADMONITION) to them was uncompromised. (v. 3) exhortation, entreaty

D. His APPROVAL by God. (v. 4a) tested and entrusted 2 Corinthians 6:4; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:14

1. He was EXAMINED by God. (v. 4a-i) tested Psalm 26:2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Job 23:10; Psalm 17:3

2. He was ENTRUSTED with the Gospel of Christ. (v. 4a-ii) Ephesians 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:11-13; Galatians 2:7; Titus 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Chronicles 18:13; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Colossians 1:28; Acts 20:27

3. He ENDEAVORED / ENDEARED himself to please God not men. (v. 4a-iv) 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; Galatians 1:10; Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:22; Acts 5:29; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 11:5

E. His ACCOUNTABILITY to God (v. 4b) trieth our hearts Psalm 7:9; 66:10; 139:23-24; Jeremiah 20:12; Proverbs 17:3; Jeremiah 17:10; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 44:21; 1 Chronicles 29:17


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