The letter starts with a little intro—greetings from Paul and his co-writers Silvanus and Timothy. Three authors? Yeah, but this is still kind of the Paul show.
Paul and friends are writing to a group of Christians in Thessalonica. And—good news—he's just tickled pink with how things are going there.
Paul says the Thessalonian Christians have been specially chosen by God. (Hey, we thought the Jews were the chosen people?)
They not only understood the message of the gospel that Paul brought last time he was in town, but they all have the Holy Spirit, too.
Even though it hasn't been all smooth sailing when it comes to their relationships with the non-Christians in town, the Thessalonians are keeping the faith and inspiring other Christian communities through out Greece. These guys and girls are real theological trendsetters.
People everywhere keep telling Paul and company how awesome the Thessalonians are. They used to worship idols, and now they've put their faith in the one true God and his son.
They're also anxiously waiting for Jesus to come back to Earth and rescue all the faithful before God lays the smackdown on the not-so-faithful. It's gonna be great…for the faithful, that is.