Paul’s tenderly heart for the church really comes out in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. He didn’t just invest in this church; he loved it, as a nursing mother loves her breastfeeding bub, and a father loves his children. Paul never did things by halves; he threw himself into it because he loved the church as he loved himself and Jesus his Saviour. In these verses, Paul also had to defend himself, reminding the church of what he hadn’t done (vv. 3-6) and informing them of what he had done (vv. 7-11). Finally, he reminds them that all his work with them is for God’s glory, which really is why Jesus died to save sinful people. This is how I feel about the church that I am shepherding, and here is my sermon on this from 1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 2:1-12 (c.f. Psalm 81:8-16).
God bless, Pastor Haydn.