The Word: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

As I was reading my Bible yesterday I came across this passage. Since it dovetails well with my post from Monday about the purpose of the church and how the church should preach the gospel, I decided to share it today. Notice that Paul says his preaching was not to please men, or with “flattering speech.”

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.  For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;  but just as we have been approved by God to been trusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.  For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—  nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.  But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-8 NASB

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