Every time I read the first two chapters of First Thessalonians, I am struck by how little Paul talks about the church stuff that followers of Jesus Christ are to be involved in, but how much he talks about the people – both the people that make up the church and the people that helped bring about the church. He is amazed by the people. In the first chapter he describes these believers in glowing terms.
Early in my Christian life my view of the Bible was not well thought out. I had not considered whether a well-developed conviction about the Bible’s trustworthiness was actually needed, past my basic willingness to simply testity that, “I believe in the Bible.”
Have you investigated what ministry actually is as far as the Bible is concerned? In other words, have you spent time in the process of coming to a basic understanding of what the Bible teaches about ministry? I believe that the Bible teaches us that the starting point of our ministry is God, not human activity. But how did I come to that conclusion?