Today we start a series on Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi.  Philippians, written while Paul was in a prison cell, possibly in Rome, is a thank you letter expressing gratitude to the Christian church in Philippi for being partners with Paul in the spreading of the gospel. Philippi was a Roman colonial city on the Egnatian Way, it was a cultural and religious melting pot. As well as expressing gratitude Paul writes to encourage the Christians in Philippi to keep growing in faith, and to follow the example of Christ. The people in the church of Philippi were citizens of Rome, but more  importantly for Paul, they were new citizens: citizens of heaven. Today we’ll be looking at the start of the church in Philippi recorded in Acts 16 and Paul’s prayer for the church in Philippi in Philippians 1:1-11.