Paul is grateful for the church at Thessalonica. He was rushed out of town after only a seemingly few weeks of missionary work. Yet this young church not only thrived but became an exemplary church. Many heard of their faith and work. We want to be known for our faithfulness, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope.
Paul as a missionary is concerned for his new Christian converts. He wants them to grow and mature, yet his quick dismissal from Thessalonica has put these Christians in jeopardy. He sends Timothy back to the city to check on these new Christians. Timothy's report shows Paul these new Christians have a strong faith and love for God and the lost. He is able to rejoice. Christians today can glean a great amount about missions and newly planted churches by looking at this section of 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:13.
Paul now turns to reminding these new Christians that they must living differently than the worldly standards of their culture. God was set each Christian aside as something vessel for His use. Christians today can follow Paul's advice as we choose to live differently than the standards of today's society.
Paul concludes his letter to this newly planted church by reminding them to remain committed to each other. Commitment means being willing to invest in the lives of others. As Christians today we can have our greatest impact by making a real commitment to others.
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