In this introduction, Paul commends the church at Philippi for the way they have imitated him in the way he imitates Christ. Their church has become known for unwavering joy even in the midst of persecution. They have set themselves apart from their community by turning from their idols to serving the living, true God.
What sets our church apart from others in our community? What unique voice do we offer? What would people say we are known for? What about our church made you choose it in the first place? What has kept you here?
In prayer, thank God for the gifts the church has brought to your life and pray that God will continue to bless and use the church to transform the world in the name of Jesus Christ.