so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. (1 Thessalonians 1:7 - ESV)
The members of this Thessalonians Church have now become examples to the entire surrounding area. Thessalonika was located on a main crossroads and offered access to other communities in every direction. This church has not been silent in their living testimonial of what God was doing. They have made Paul's job easier (as we will see in the next few verses) to be able to have an example besides himself to point to.