Paul wrote to the Thessalonians to encourage them in their faith. They had become examples of faithful living, proclaiming the gospel in spite of persecution. Paul encouraged them to continue, looking to the hope of Jesus’ second coming as their comfort and motivation. Paul also warned them against an idle lifestyle and charged them to not grow weary of doing good.
Key Passages: 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18; 2 Thessalonians 3:11–13
Memory Verse: Colossians 2:6–7