3 family figures illustrate the character of God and ministry--that God might manifest Himself to us. The whole essence of our purpose: follow Him in the area of ministry that He has designed for us as individuals; Mat 23:37; Deu 22:6; 1Co 15:1-19; Rom 5:1; Thess. believers not only heard the message; but they saw it--in Paul. He was a demonstration of the grace of God; The 8 elements of effective ministry: 1) be prepared for opposition; 2) keep the Gospel the message; 3)be bold and confident in your message--NO APOLOGIES; 4) don't look for man's approval--only God's. 5) be humble; selfless; 6) develop a family affection. There is passion in the Gospel; Rom 12:10; 7) be a living example...by grace. 8) be certain that your witness will not be in vain.
The Thessalonians were persecuted for their faith. Paul's first letter to them provides comfort, reminding them of the details of Christ's return for His Church ("The Blessed Hope") and providing practical spiritual lessons for living.