Beyond the Weekend

November 8 | Work, Labor & Endurance

November 8, 2021


We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2

Read: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
1 Thessalonians 1


Paul is probably still suffering from the beating he got in Philippi when he writes to new believers in Thessalonica. But his greeting is filled with gratitude and praise. This is amazing considering how difficult his second missionary journey has been! Paul has experienced angry crowds, been flogged, imprisoned and forced to leave several cities. His thankful attitude is off-the-charts from a normal response (see Acts 1617). It begs the question, “Why isn’t he complaining?”

Paul is more focused on encouraging others than complaining about his own troubles. “We always give thanks for you,” is meant to build up these new believers in Thessalonica who have also been under intense persecution. This week we will see he prays for them precisely by noting their faith that works, their love that labors and their hope that endures.

Paul has developed the habit of giving thanks to God for everything, even in difficult circumstances. His faith is invigorated by being thankful and focusing on others who are also trusting God to thrive and grow. His example motivates us to recognize and praise godly faith we see in others too.


Develop an attitude of thankfulness like Paul that endures through the good and the bad times. Use the 26 DAYS OF GRATITUDE handout ( to help you. Each day write three things you are grateful for—even if it’s been a rough day and you don’t feel like it.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is James 4.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.


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