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Read Introduction to 1 Thessalonians

 

“…and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith…”
 
in the gospel of Christ,
 
Paul views himself as a “fellow laborer” in the harvest fields. He also views Timothy the same way. He is a “fellow” minister with Paul. Paul does not look upon Timothy as competition. He is one with him in ministry. He gave glory to Jesus Christ to whom the glory belongs. We capitulate to Him in everything. In all work for Jesus Christ, He is Lord.
 
Principle:
Proclaiming the gospel requires freedom from competition.
Application:
Christians who capitulate to the cause of Christ, do not look on others with a sense of competition. They cheer others in their efforts to share Christ with others.
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
The Lord opens doors of opportunity to share the gospel.
“Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord…” (2 Corinthians 2:12).
Part of the Christian armor is to be prepared to proclaim the gospel.
“…and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” (Ephesians 6:15).
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