1 Thessalonians 1-2

1 - Paul, Silas and Timothy, to the Thessalonian Christians: we thank God when we remember your conversion by the Spirit.  You serve the true God now, waiting for His Son to return again.

2 - Our ministry to you was sincere, not based on greed.  We supported ourselves and endured lots of hostility for you, as a father or mother works for their children.  You believed our message as from God, not man-made, and suffered persecution from Jews as we did.  We wanted to come see you, but have been prevented; you are our joy!

It is a great encouragement to remember back to when we first believed, or if we don't remember that (being raised in the faith), to consider the basics of what it means to be a Christian.

Those who speak the Gospel for a living must take care to their motives.  It'll become obvious over time if you're in it for the money or fame.  Be willing to sacrifice for people to know Christ.

Sharing a common faith in Jesus Christ is a huge source of joy.  Don't ignore this gift; share life with other believers if you are able to do so!

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