How Do We Speak?
This sermon is part of the Gospel Shaped Church Curriculum created by the Gospel Coalition. Information about it can be found at http://gsc.thegospelcoalition.org or www.gospelshapedchurch.org
A quick refresher, we started off this series asking the question “How are we doing?”when it comes to reaching others with the gospel, then we moved to “Who is Jesus?” He is God in the flesh. Then “Who are We?” We are missionaries in a missionary family. Then “Who are We Reaching?” hurting people who are lost and valued by God. Then “What is the Gospel?” The good news about Jesus. Then “How Should We Pray?” We should pray for God to make us into compassionate laborers, pray for opportunities and for faithfulness when we receive those opportunities. Then “What do We Say?” The Gospel is a message that must be shared and I tried to equip you with Scriptures and an outline that you can use to help you know what to say to someone who is lost. And this week is “How do We Speak?”
1 For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our visit with you was not without result. 2 On the contrary, after we had previously suffered and were treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition.
Faithfully, even when it is hard (v 2)
3 For our exhortation didn’t come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive. 4 Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please people, but rather God, who examines our hearts. 5 For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives—God is our witness—6 and we didn’t seek glory from people, either from you or from others.
Honestly, which pleases God (v 3-6)
7 Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nurse nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers and sisters. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers. 11 As you know, like a father with his own children, 12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Lovingly, through our lives as well as our words (v 7-12)
13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe.