The Portrait of a Pastor

Series: 1 Thessalonians

  • September 03, 2017
    Morning worship
  • Robert Robb
  • 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-12


Paul draws 3 portraits of what it means to be a minister of the gospel and to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Notes

1. A Steward

In the masters absence a steward would be appointed from amongst the servants. A steward would make decisions on behalf of the master. It was a position of trust. The steward must be responsible and reliable. Paul was a steward of Christ. He was approved by God; 

1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

[4] but just as we have been approved by God

A gospel minister must never change the gospel as presented in the scriptures. He must please God not men;

1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

[4] not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Every Christian has been also entrusted with the gospel. At some stage we must share the good news with friends etc. 

2. A Mother

1 Thessalonians 2:7 ESV

[7] But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

3. A Father v12

Exhorted-come alongside to encourage 

encourage- usually with speech 

charged-to urge on