In our study, we look at the letter that Paul wrote to the "church" that he started in Thessalonica. We see how they not only accepted the Lord Jesus Christ but put that faith into action and impacted the whole region of Macedonia.
Thessalonica, a city in modern Greece, was a Roman colony and adopted much of the Roman culture. This epistle (letter) was written to the "church" that was started when Paul visited there in Acts 17. Paul was ran out of town after a few weeks as the Jewish leaders became jealous of what God was doing through Paul. Later, Paul sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to check to see how the believers were doing and he was able to report that they were putting their faith into action.
"Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you." NIV translation
It is interesting to note here that Paul lets them know that this letter is not just from him but also from Silas and Timothy. Paul was never out for credit in anything as he just wanted to build up the kingdom and bring glory to God. That is a very good example for us to follow as well.
"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers." NIV translation
Paul encourages them with the fact that they continually pray for the believers there. It may seem insignificant to many of us but Paul understood the power of prayer and especially the need to pray for our fellow Christians.
"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." NIV translation
This verse simply describes the model group of believers. Because of their faith in Jesus Christ, they work to tell others of Jesus. Their labor in that work is out of love for Jesus and those they serve. Finally, they continue to work for the Lord because of their hope that Jesus is coming back.