Today, we conclude our series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written while Paul was in a prison cell, possibly in Rome. Philippians 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.
This morning, we’ll look at the end of Paul’s letter, how he subverts cultural expectations in the way he expresses gratitude for the partnership and gift of the Philippian church.