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Paul's Recipe for Successful Ministry
Sometimes patterns in the Bible leap off the page. 1 Thessalonians 2 did that this week. In it, Paul lays out an infallible pattern for ministry: pitfalls to avoid and patterns to follow. If you are involved in or aspire to any type of spiritual ministry, here is a simple list of patterns and pitfalls straight from the apostle Paul.
Pitfalls to avoid:
1. Men pleasing
4. Glory seeking
5. Opportunities to abuse spiritual authority
Patterns to copy:
A minister must be...
2. Full of fond affection
6. An exhorter
7. An encourager
8. ...Imploring those entrusted to him as a father would his children.
The result of such ministry is found in verse 12: "So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory."
We can also use this model as a test for those under whose spiritual nurture we place ourselves or our children. Can your spiritual leaders pass this test?