because our gospel1 came to you not simply with words, but also with power,2 with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know3 how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us4 and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,5 you welcomed the message with the joy6 given by the Holy Spirit.77
And so you became a model8 to all the believers in Macedonia9 and Achaia.108
The Lord's message11 rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.12 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 turned13 to God from idols14 to serve the living and true God,1510
and to wait for his Son from heaven,16 whom he raised from the dead17--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.18