THREE ADVERBS AND THREE ADJECTIVES OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP
I THESSALONIANS 2:11
PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E. WHISNANT
MAY 17, 2009
HOW ARE WE ABLE TO LIVE WITH STRENGTH, COURAGE, LITTLE FLINCHING FROM A MEASURABLE RISK AND THE CHALLENGES WE FACE IN LIFE?
1 Be sure of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Practice the presence of the Spirit
2 Understanding that as a Christian you have a just cause to live as Christ
3 You understand the reality of the unfailing sovereignty of God
THOSE OF US WHO ARE IN SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP NEED TO BE:
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (2:10–12
1A MODELING (PATTERN) STEP ONE THE LIFE OF A SPIRITUAL FATHER, LEADER
(Deut 4:9, prov. 13:24, eph 6:4, col. 3:21, Hebrews 12:9
- My life before God.
- My duty before God was conformed to God’s character.
- This is the fabric of the believer’s testimony as God sees it, not man.
- God’s wants 100% of our lives.
- No one sees your devotional life except God.
2B JUST: RIGHTEOUSLY.
- This is the man-directive.
- This is what you see.
- This has to do with your integrity.
- The fabric of your character.
- Established reputation.
- A good testimony.
- People know your number.
- The testimony in the church not in the world.
- People trust you.
- People believe what you say.
- When you get up and give a testimony, people will listen to what you say.
- Behaving ourselves as Christians justly.
- We are not like the world models.
- We don’t embarrass Christ in public
- We’re a new breed.
- We’re a different crop
- We have a new nature
- We’re indwelt by the Holy Spirit
- We have a Bible
- Molds our life. Our attitude
- Our philosophy of life. Our out-look on life
- Our attitude toward life
- If our life is UGLY, people will say “they must have an ugly book.”
2A TEACHING (PRECEPTS) is necessary as a spiritual father, leader.
THREE PHASES OF THE MINISTER’S PREACHING
“just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,” 1 THESSALONIANS 2:11
1B EXHORTING: to encourage, to raise somebody's spirits. –
- from parakaleo, literally “to call alongside; and is related to the noun parakletos, “one who comes alongside; which is one of the titles for the Holy Spirit.
- Exhortation leads one to do a thing willingly; consolation, to do it joyfully. "exhorted," the Greek includes the additional idea of comforting and advocating one's cause: "encouragingly exhorted."
2B COMFORTED motivating
- Encouraging (paramutheomai), meaning to encourage in the sense of comfort and consolation, is so critical in assisting toward spiritual growth because of the many obstacles and failures Christians can experience.
- A friendly persuasion, touching of feeling so leading the heart to Christ and His truth.
3B CHARGE: imploring
- Imploring is the Greek participle marturomenoi, which is usually translated “testifying”, or “witnessing”; is related to the word martyr because so many faithful witnesses died for their boldness.
We are summoned to witness and warn and admonish to the fact that if they did not follow the course laid out for them, they, as disobedient children would receive from a father, could expect to receive spiritual discipline from the apostle.