Paul and the others were known as men who "turned the world upside down". Like him, we want to have a ministry that is potent, provocative, and powerful.
I. The Difficult Challenge
- The Social Challenge
Thessalonica was a strategic city, a beachhead for the rest of Macedonia. It was a base of political, social, and economic power for the area. "It was larger stage, a faster track, a brighter spotlight for the gospel message". Such as it is for our ministry in state capitols.
- The Religious Challenge
Paul (as was his custom), went right into the synagogue and tried to reach those caught up in dead religion. It was where he always received the greatest opposition.
II. The Dynamic Ministry
From the Scripture Paul:
- Reasoned "To say thoroughly, engaging, connecting"
- Explained "To open thoroughly, to give the interpretation"
- Gave Evidence "Place along side". Using Scripture to interpret Scripture
- Proclaimed "How the message is proclaimed: with passion, fervency, intensity, conviction"
- Positive "Some of them were persuaded..." (vs. 4)
- Negative "Some...formed a mob and set the city in an uproar..." (vs. 5)
- Advance to the front line. Don't seek a safe, soft ministry. "Loyalty is tested where the battle rages strongest".
- Be provocative. Make waves. Rock the boat. Stir the Pot. WITH THE GOSPEL!
- Constantly announce the supremacy of Christ.
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