Bible: 1 Thess 1-2
Thanksgiving for Response to the Gospel
1:2 We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly 4 in our prayers, 1:3 because we recall 5 in the presence of our God and Father 6 your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope 7 in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:4 We know, 8 brothers and sisters 9 loved by God, that he has chosen you, 10 1:5 in that 11 our gospel did not come to you merely in words, 12 but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you). 13
1:6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received 14 the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction. 1:7 As a result you became an example 15 to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 1:8 For from you the message of the Lord 16 has echoed forth not just in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place reports of your faith in God have spread, 17 so that we do not need to say anything. 1:9 For people everywhere 18 report how you welcomed us 19 and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath. 20
Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica
2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, 21 about our coming to you – it has not proven to be purposeless. 22 2:2 But although we suffered earlier and were mistreated in Philippi, 23 as you know, we had the courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God 24 in spite of much opposition. 2:3 For the appeal we make 25 does not come 26 from error or impurity or with deceit, 2:4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we declare it, not to please people but God, who examines our hearts. 2:5 For we never appeared 27 with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed – God is our witness – 2:6 nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others, 2:7 28 although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became 29 little children 30 among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children, 2:8 with such affection for you 31 we were happy 32 to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 2:9 For you recall, brothers and sisters, 33 our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 2:10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe. 2:11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children, 2:12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory. 2:13 And so 34 we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, 35 you accepted it not as a human message, 36 but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe. 2:14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, 37 of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews, 2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets 38 and persecuted us severely. 39 They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, 2:16 because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, 40 but wrath 41 has come upon them completely. 42
Forced Absence from Thessalonica
2:17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, 43 for a short time (in presence, not in affection) 44 we became all the more fervent in our great desire 45 to see you in person. 46 2:18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) 47 but Satan thwarted us. 2:19 For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of 48 before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you? 2:20 For you are our glory and joy!