I always thank God for all of you
and continually mention you in our prayers.
I remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith,
your labor prompted by love,
and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For I know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you,
because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power,
with The Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
You became imitators of The Lord, for you welcomed The Message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by The Holy Spirit.
And so you became a model to all the believers.
The Lord’s message rang out from you - your faith in God has become known everywhere.
You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath."(1:1-10)