A second aspect of Christian authenticity is service characterized by faith, hope, and love. Paul says, "We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 3). The most exciting church experiences I've had have come from being part of a dynamic community in which faith, hope, and love are present together. Father, let me work, labor, and endure with the faith, love, and hope of these Thessalonian believers.
A third aspect of Christian authenticity is proclamation framed not only by words, but also with power, the Spirit, and deep conviction (v. 5). Is our community proclaiming Christ not only in word, but also in power, the Spirit, and with deep conviction? If not, what is God calling me to do toward moving in this direction?
A fourth aspect of Christian authenticity is leadership marked by incarnation, modeling, suffering, joy, and reproduction (vv. 6,7). A fifth aspect of Christian authenticity is faith characterized by repentance, service, and waiting on the Lord (vv. 8-10).
Let's examine each of these aspects of Christian authenticity - our experience of community, our service, our proclamation, our leadership, and our faith. May these verses affirm our own Christian authenticity where it exists and point the way ahead where we are deficient, that we might know and rejoice in the genuineness of the authentic gospel.