1 Thessalonians 1:1

"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.

1 Thessalonians 1:2

"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.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

"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.