The Good News of Jesus is Deeply Personal


From the Series:
A sermon idea based on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8.

Sharing the gospel means far more than simply passing along information. It means sharing the good news about Jesus out of a relationship based on genuine empathy and compassion.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 NRSV

[1] You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, [2] but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. [3] For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, [4] but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. [5] As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; [6] nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, [7] though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. [8] So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Who else hates random sales calls? The reason is, it feels so impersonal. We’re just another prospect. Another number. Another potential sale.

But when someone is genuinely interested and invested in who we are, it makes all the difference.

Paul spends much of the first couple of chapters of 1 Thessalonians just laying down a relational foundation for the sharing of his message. He has already commended the believers there for their wholehearted embrace of the message of Jesus. And now he expresses his genuine heartfelt love and affection for them.

He gives us, in this passage, five attitudes that support the message we hope to share.

  1. A willingness to suffer for people.
  2. A willingness to face opposition.
  3. A willingness to have pure motives.
  4. A willingness to genuinely care about people.
  5. A willingness to put self on the line.

How strongly we believe in the message we hope to share has everything to do with our willingness to walk through difficulty to get the chance to share it. And our willingness to face difficulty becomes the leverage in our voice as we tell others about the love of God and his redemptive wishes for their lives.

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