1 Thessalonians is particularly relevant to the Church today as Paul wrote this letter to encourage and exort a church in the midst of temptation and tribulation in a major city.
The High Priestly Prayer
In contrast to the world's man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus' suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God's glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father's glory. We're being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
The Unity of the Body
There does not need to be peace and tranquility for there to be unity. Covenant community life in the body of Christ is messy. We are called to tolerate one another's faults and forebear with one another.
Philippians, the Gospel and Community
If we are in Christ, we already are a covenant community. We simply need to learn to live in community.