Leadership Style-1 Thessalonians 2:1-7

1 Thessalonians 2:1-6 “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed — God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.”

1 Tessalonicesi 2:1-6 « Voi stessi, fratelli, sapete che la nostra venuta tra voi non è stata vana; 2 anzi, dopo aver prima sofferto e subìto oltraggi, come sapete, a Filippi, trovammo il coraggio nel nostro Dio per annunciarvi il vangelo di Dio in mezzo a molte lotte. 3 Perché la nostra predicazione non proviene da finzione, né da motivi impuri, né è fatta con inganno; 4 ma come siamo stati approvati da Dio che ci ha stimati tali da poterci affidare il vangelo, parliamo in modo da piacere non agli uomini, ma a Dio che prova i nostri cuori. Difatti, non abbiamo mai usato un parlare lusinghevole, come ben sapete, né pretesti ispirati da cupidigia; Dio ne è testimone. E non abbiamo cercato gloria dagli uomini, né da voi, né da altri, sebbene, come apostoli di Cristo, avremmo potuto far valere la nostra autorità;”

 

     This is a great portion of Scripture where Paul describes his actions and motives in his work with the Thessalonian church. It is also a great lesson for churches and their leaders. Paul declares his actions among them “was not a failure” (v.1). After being severely persecuted in Philippi, he received acceptance in Thessalonica.

    What is significant about these verses is how he describes his leadership style. Notice his leadership points starting in verse 3: It wasn’t “from error or impure motives” nor was he “trying to trick” them (manipulation of words). It was by God’s approval that he was entrusted with the Gospel. It was not based on a people-pleasing platform. It was not couched in flattering words (Greek culture was known for its traveling philosophers who would entertain people with their words and seek followers and their money). They “put on a mask” (v.5). Paul and his fellow missionary colleagues lived a life of service and giving and it was witnessed by men and God. Finally he explains why he uses this leadership style: It is because he was “not looking for praise from men… or anyone else.”

     Leadership styles are a popular subject in today’s church and there is no shortage of teachers wanting to impart their latest teachings. But we must be careful that we don’t follow slick marketing and clever verbiage when Paul’s leadership guide is quite simple, straightforward and has pure motives.

Pray with me: Lord, it is easy to get caught up with new ways to lead in ministry. But as I read Paul’s words, I am compelled to remember that You entrusted me with Your gospel and You test my heart and motives. And it is You I want to please.



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