Comitted to Dokimos- Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to Dokimos- Part 1 focusing on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
ICEBREAKER: Who is the most famous person you have known or met? How did it happen?
1. Surprisingly, the Apostle Paul had his detractors in his day. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1- 6, he defended his ministry by reminding the Thessalonian believers of his ministry among them [cf. Acts 17:1-14]. What did they “know” about him [repeated 3 times in verses 1, 2, 5] that proved his legitimacy?
2. Why does so much conflict/opposition accompany the declaration of the gospel of God [1 Thessalonians 2:2; cf. Acts 16:11-40]? What does this require of those who share the good news in our antagonistic world?
3. Corrupt motives contaminate the gospel’s appeal [1 Thessalonians 2:3]. Have you observed corrupt motives in the presentation of the gospel in today’s church? How do believers combat error, impurity and deceit so that the gospel message remains pure and powerful?
4. God tests our hearts in order to reinforce their integrity and usefulness. What, specifically in this text [1 Thessalonians 2:4-5], is God looking for in order to approve us?
5. Why does character matter so much in ministry [1 Thessalonians 2:5; cf. 2 Timothy 14-26, especially verses 20-21]?
6. Glory-seeking is always condemned in Scripture [cf. Proverbs 25:27; Isaiah 42:8; Romans 1:21-23; Acts 12:20-23]. How do we address this tendency within the context of our self-absorbed culture?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” [Charles Spurgeon]