1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
13And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, even the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe. 14For ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus: for ye also suffered the same things of your own countrymen, even as they did of the Jews; 15who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove out us, and please not God, and are contrary to all men; 16forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always: but the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
After a series of meetings at the Arts College of Shansi University in Taiyuanfu, the spirit of revival broke through with the students requesting a whole day of prayer. During these prayers, not only were long-standing quarrels settled, but many, across different denominations also decided for Christ and were baptized.
When Frank declared that his ambition was “To pilot men to the skies!” one of the boys challenged him to visit men in the woods who had never had anyone preach to them. A few days later, Frank witnessed the death of one of the men; he ministered to the man and led him to Christ. In his dying moment, the man begged Frank to minister to the men in the woods. That spark led Frank to evangelize to the men of the woods!
The elders of his church gave Frank the choice of choosing to be a preacher to the church, which could pay him and take care of him, or he chose to preach to a group of lumberjacks without any support. He decided to preach to the lumberjacks. Without any support and much struggle, Frank spent years preaching in the woods, sacrificing his family, comfort, and personal interest.
An ex-soldier returns from battle to his village, having encountered Christ while away. Starting with his neighbor, daily they read the scriptures and gladly they endured persecution, until a new community of believers, modelling their lives after the early church was formed in the village.