[Book of I Thessalonians] Rejoicing for God's Eternal Work in the Church
The book was written for a few reasons: (Timothy’s report)
You can simplify the break down to three groupings:
1. The people of the church who were changed by the gospel have cause for remembrance & rejoicing -
It is true that we need to make a onetime decision to follow Jesus. But a true onetime decision is followed by the everyday decision to follow Jesus. Jesus did not think that it was enough just to superficially identify yourself with him. There is more to being his follower than just a profession of faith. My fear is that too many churches have encouraged people to expect that Jesus will one day say to them, “Well done, faithful servant.” But in fact, they will hear him say, “Depart from me.” Such people will discover the truth only after it is too late.