Not the Gospel Alone

Paul began his letter to the Thessalonian Church, reminding them of how he preached when he had gone to their city and converted them. He also remembered how they turned to the Lord from their former vain lives. He then said, “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
Paul did not heartlessly go to Thessalonica, say a few good words, then leave. No, he came with a message of good news, but he also came with power, the Holy Spirit, and much assurance. They knew what kind of men he and his fellow-workers had been. They went to Thessalonica with their whole selves devoted to the work.
That is how we turn people to the Lord today. This is not child’s play. We have to be 100% dedicated and give our entire selves to the people we teach.

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