- Integrity Matters
- November 27, 2016
- Bill Snyder
- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6
1 Thessalonians 2:1-6
1) For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2) But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3) For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4) but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5) For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6) Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.
16)As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
22) The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23) And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24) Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,
10) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.