One of Paul’s most famous letters, Philippians stands out for its joy and hope in the face of persecution and imprisonment. Reading it in one sitting, I noticed a flow to Paul’s points. Here are nine highlights:

1. Paul is thankful for his church family.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you (Phil 1:3).

2. Paul prays for his church family.

Always in my every prayer for you all making request with joy… (Phil 1:4)

3. Paul has great confidence for his church family.

…being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it… (Phil 1:6).

4. Paul longs for his church family.

… how greatly I long for you all in the compassion of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:8).

5. Paul works for his church family.

Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death (Phil 1:20b).

6. Paul gives his all to build up his church family.

Look not every man to his own things, but every man also to the things of others (Phil 2:4).

7. Paul works joyfully, because the Lord is at hand.

Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, “Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4).

8. Paul is content and strengthened.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13).

9. Paul knows the church can be strengthened.

But my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).

Likewise, may we be thankful, prayerful, and confident for Christ’s work in his church! May we long for one another, work for one another, and give our all. May God give us joy, contentment, and strength as we trust in his rich supply through Christ Jesus.