This fall I am going through the stories and letters of Paul in chronological order with some our network leaders at Gateway. We are trying to determine the characteristics that made him so catalytic so that we might grow in this as well.
We are looking for the ways Paul sensed the moving of God’s Spirit in the following ways:
- Miraculous methods of guidance
- Performing miracles
- Discovering receptivity and accepting suffering
- Pursuing God and His righteousness
- Reaching out to others and empowering others
Here is the order we are reading through and discussing:
- Week One – Acts 7-16
- Week Two – Galatians
- Week Three – Acts 17, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians
- Week Four – Acts 18, 1 & 2 Corinthians
- Week Five – Romans
- Week Six – Acts 19-20, Ephesians
- Week Seven – Acts 21-28, Colossians, Philemon
- Week Eight – Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy
Here are some of the week three highlights (Acts 17, 1 & 2 Thessalonians):
- Paul affirmed the Thessalonians for being a model to other churches (1 Th. 1:7)
- Paul acknowledged the suffering they experienced and affirmed them for their perseverance (1 Th. 1:6, 2:1, 2:14, 3:2-9, 2 Th. 1:4)
- Paul shared life with the Thessalonians (1 Th. 2:8)
- Paul emphasized brotherly love (1 Th. 4:9, 2 Th. 1:3)
- Paul emphasized the need to encourage and build each other up (1 Th. 5:11)
- Paul emphasized respecting leadership (1 Th. 5:12-13)
- Paul emphasized respecting outsiders (1 Th. 4:11)
- Paul called them to a holy, self-controlled, and prayerful life (1 Th. 2:10, 3:13, 4:2, 5:6, 5:17, 5:21-24)
- Paul reminded them of their calling from God as seen in the Spirit’s power and the prophecies (1 Th. 1:4, 5:19-26)
Questions to consider:
- Who can we pass along the story of Paul and the principles of catalytic leadership this week?
- How can we apply what we see in Paul’s life to our own life and leadership?
- Have you noticed ways Paul served the Thessalonians in a way unique to their context?