1Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonica which is in God the Father and the LordJesus Christ. Grace to you and peace. 2We always thank God for you al , mentioning you in our prayers continually. 3We remember before our God and Father how active is the faith, how unsparing the love, howpersevering the hope which you have from our Lord Jesus Christ. 4We know, brothers loved by God, that you have been chosen, 5because our gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and withgreat effect. And you observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your sake. 6You took us and the Lord as your model, welcoming the word with the joy of the Holy Spirit in spite ofgreat hardship. 7And so you became an example to al believers in Macedonia and Achaia 8since it was from you that the word of the Lord rang out -- and not only throughout Macedonia andAchaia, for your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tel other people about it: 9other people tel us how we started the work among you, how you broke with the worship of false godswhen you were converted to God and became servants of the living and true God; 10and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come fromheaven. It is he who saves us from the Retribution which is coming.