Philippians 1:4-5 ” 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.”

The Church that Paul established in Philippi was probably the first in all of Europe…and it started when Paul and Silas went out of the city on the Sabbath and met Lydia near the river bank. (Acts 16:11-15) But one of the differences between the Church in Philippi and other Churches Paul established was that they supplied him with financial assistance several times as he traveled and even when he was in prison, (Philippians 4:18) for Paul usually refused assistance… relying on his tent-making skills as to not be a burden on the people. This close fellowship…this Koinonia, showed how the early Church in Philippi not only heard the Gospel Message and believed, but put it into practical practice.

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