Recently (see Part 1), I shared three of the seven keys to Dynamic Gospel Relationships found in I Thessalonians 2. Here are the remaining keys found in the passage.
4. Share the Gospel firmly.
11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2: 11-12) ESV
There are times when we must nurture new believers gently, but there are other times when we must exhort and encourage them with firmness.
Notice the contrast between the gentleness of a nursing mother and the firmness of a father. Paul and his co-workers did both. They ministered with strength and gentleness. The seasoned Gospel worker knows the difference of when to be strong, and when to be gentle!