Stay on Target is a study through the book of 1 Thessalonians. Paul, along with Silas and Timothy, helped to establish a church in this city on his second missionary journey. Paul was forced to leave the city quickly because of the riots that were breaking out in the city, so he wrote out of sincere concern for their well-being. Paul was like a spiritual father to them and wrote this upon hearing news from Timothy how the church was doing. He wrote words of encouragement and comfort urging the people to live lives that were pleasing to God. He urges them through the persecution they are enduring and through the issues they are facing to Stay on Target. The message of endure, hope, rejoice, believe, thank, live, stand firm, be pure, etc. are all messages we continually need to hear so that we can continue to hold fast to Christ and His gospel.