The apostle Paul founded many churches in the Roman Empire, including one in the Greek city of Philippi, which he visited during his second missionary journey. Paul penned this letter sometime after being imprisoned in Rome, but not even his suffering could damper his enthusiasm for the immense joy he had experienced in Christ. Paul calls the believers to likewise draw on God's strength during their times of trial--knowing He will every situation to further the gospel--and practice humility, service, and avoid putting confidence in anything of this world. Paul's words encourage all believers today to live in the joy they have been given in Christ and to keep their eyes fixed on Him.
David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point, an international ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. He is the author of more than fifty books, including A Life Beyond Amazing, Overcomer, and The Book of Signs. Dr. Jeremiah serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, where he resides with his wife, Donna. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.