Main point summary
The Thessalonians became a regional example because they received the gospel, turned to god, and modeled godly teachers.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
d We give thanks to God always for all of you,
constantly 1 e mentioning you in our prayers,
remembering before f our God and Father g your work of faith
and labor of h love
and i steadfastness of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, j brothers 1 loved by God,
k that he has chosen you,
because l our gospel came to you not only in word,
but also in power
and m in the Holy Spirit
and with full n conviction.
You know o what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
And p you became imitators of us
q and of the Lord,
for r you received the word in much affliction,
s with the t joy of the Holy Spirit,
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For not only has the word of the Lord u sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia,
but your faith in God has gone forth v everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
For they themselves report concerning us the kind of w reception we had among you,
and how x you turned to God
y from idols to serve the living and z true God,
and a to wait for his Son b from heaven,
c whom he raised from the dead, Jesus d who delivers us from e the wrath to come.
It is possible to know if God has chosen someone (gospel assurance).
The conduct of the deliverer of the Gospel is paramount in the development of the believer of the Gospel.
Joy in affliction sets a good example
The news of their conversion spread. The difference was noted by outsiders.