We continually remember before our God and Father1 your work produced by faith,2 your labor prompted by love,3 and your endurance inspired by hope4 in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers loved by God,5 that he has chosen you,
because our gospel6 came to you not simply with words, but also with power,7 with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know8 how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us9 and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,10 you welcomed the message with the joy11 given by the Holy Spirit.127
And so you became a model13 to all the believers in Macedonia14 and Achaia.158
The Lord's message16 rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.17 Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned18 to God from idols19 to serve the living and true God,2010
and to wait for his Son from heaven,21 whom he raised from the dead22--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.23