The Power of Faithfulness (1 Thessalonians 1:4-8)

We are looking the first letter to the Thessalonians which is teaching these Christians how to live their lives in the light of eternity. These are Christians who are experiencing suffering, as revealed from Acts 17 as well as from what we will read in this letter. Paul opened this letter by praising these Christians for their work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope. Our view of eternity is what bolsters faith, hope, and love in our lives in such a way that people can see those godly traits. Paul’s great concern is that Christians would lose faith, love, and hope because of the trials and sufferings they are facing for the Lord’s sake. We read Acts 17 last week to get a sense of the suffering they were enduring. I want us to look a little into this letter to see a little more of the suffering they are facing.

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