"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Writing from a prison cell, the Apostle Paul expresses deep love and genuine affection for a young church he planted in the Roman colony of Philippi. Contained in this letter is Paul’s encouragement to the church to press on in their faith as they follow Jesus together. With a continual focus on Jesus, Philippians offers a practical picture of a maturing local church by presenting themes of: joy, thanksgiving, humility, hope, unity, perseverance, and mission-focused community. Philippians shows us how to find joy beyond measure, perseverance in the race of life, a servant’s heart, hope for the future, and peace and contentment in all circumstance through the person of Jesus Christ.