The Astonishing Effects of Gospel Ministry
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1–1:10
First Thessalonians opens with a note of thanksgiving for the astonishing effects the gospel produced in Thessalonica. Wherever the gospel is preached and believed, the fruit of Christian character begins to emerge as the same gospel that justifies sinners begins to sanctify them as well. God and the power of his electing love get all the credit as the good news of God's grace is carried to more people and places.