A FAITHFUL PARTNER. At Philippi, Paul added a new partner to his ministry. He wrote from his Roman imprisonment:
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1:4-5).
The Philippian church did not expand spectacularly, yet it retained a special place in Paul’s heart for it became a partner with him in the Gospel from the first day—when Lydia invited him into her home (Philippians 1:3-8).
The Philippian church actively supported his ministry with money from the beginning to the end (Philippians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 2:11-10; Acts 28:16). Thanks to the Philippians, Paul lived under house arrest instead of in a dungeon for the two years he waited for his case to be heard in Rome. It was a real missionary church and a partner in the spread of the Gospel. These Christians were partners in turning the world upside down.