Grieved by a prolonged separation from the church at Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul sent a representative to them. As Alistair Begg explores the motive and mission of this man, Timothy, we gain an important insight into what pastoral care means. Biblical evangelism involves a process of strengthening and encouragement, and we must be willing to exercise both with great affection in the places we are called to serve.
1Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 2and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 5For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.
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