1 Thess 2: 1 – 16 presents Paul's ideological stance about his and his companions' missionary behavior. His ideas emphasize the manner in which missionaries conduct themselves and the impact made upon the Thessalonians. He first describes their mistreatment and opposition for declaring the gospel. He then establishes his argument for why they are worthy as missionaries and presenting the gospel. He completes his argument, by explaining the impact of their actions of preaching the gospel under duress.