We hear a lot these days about the need for positive “role models” to imitate.  What congregation would think of setting itself up as a “model” congregation?  

And yet, what congregation does not want to strive for that?

Paul wrote two letters to a congregation in Thessalonica (located in modern-day Macedonia).  He founded this congregation on his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9).

Paul later learned from his young co-worker, Timothy, that the Thessalonian Christians were holding on to their faith despite fierce opposition and suffering inflicted on them by the Jews in that city.  

The Thessalonians were not a perfect congregation.  What congregation is?  But they were a good pattern of what a Christian congregation ought to be.

Paul wrote to these early believers:  “You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you welcomed the word during a time of great affliction with the joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia” (EHV).

This morning we begin a sermon series on 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  

Our outline of 1 Thessalonians will be as follows:


A Model Congregation 1 Thessalonians 1

A Model Ministry 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Model Faithfulness 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – 3:13

Model Lives 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Model Hope 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Model Vigilance 1 Thessalonians 5