The church at Philippi is considered to be one of the model churches of the New Testament.
But if this were a report at a shareholders' meeting we might be asking ourselves whether the Chairman has really got this right? Is something being hidden? It seems too good to be true! If this were an athlete we might be asking ourselves whether there has been some performance-enhancing substance in the diet! And if this were an end-of-term report we might be asking ourselves if the teacher had got the right child!
Can a church really be that good?
But there's no doubting that Paul has the right church. Perched on the edge of southern Greece, Philippi was the first city to hear the Christian message in Europe - we have much to learn from the church that grew there.
This fresh and lively study book is ideally suited to the more interactive way we learn in today's church.
About William Taylor
William Taylor is the minister of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London. Previously he was an officer in the Royal Green Jackets.