This Sunday, along with celebrating communion, we will be looking at the “consequences” of following Jesus that have come upon the Thessalonian Church. Paul, as a father to his children, exhorts, encourages and charges them to continue in their faithfulness. They are one of the first to understand the cost and are now being rejected by their own people, just as the Jewish believers in Jerusalem. It seems that the old enemy is working behind the scenes and through non-believers to try and stop the advancement of the Gospel. This sharing with others is the gift that God has given to us In Christ. It is a joy-filled and solemn encouragement from Paul.