What you believe about God will ultimately determine what you believe about you.
The Philippian church began with a woman, a slave, and a Gentile.
"One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay."
"The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them."
Paul referred to the Philippians as saints, servants, and partners.
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ."
Joy: The ability to express what will be in what is
"But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison…the officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed."
"Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus"
The way up is down