We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. – 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9   

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Remarkably, by today’s standards, the Apostle Paul was a layman. He continued to be employed as a tentmaker as he traveled in ministry. Many Protestant congregations today are led by pastors who also hold down full-time jobs during the week. Thus, “we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone.”

In doing so, he recognizes that we illustrate our faith in our daily interactions – and not just in the sermons we preach or the formal lessons we teach.

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However, we do not conclude Christ in ourselves only, but we say, a Measure of his Light, in order to shew the Way of Life, every Man is, or hath been enlightned with. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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