Hear the word of the lord
Introduction to Philippians
Over 2000 years ago an itinerant tentmaker was tossed into prison for creating a public disturbance. The emperor of the day was Nero, who was a prolific writer, yet nothing of his work remains. On the other hand, the Apostle Paul’s writings and name are recognised by millions around the world. If Paul were to visit a church of our day in any western democracy, he might well ask how his letter written from prison to a small group of persecuted believers could be understood by people so different from him and from the Philippians. How was the Gospel advanced through the Apostles imprisonment and the Philippians persecution?