In Phillipians Chapter 1, Paul encourages the Brethren and the Sistren to “keep up the good work!”

The good news of Jesus Christ was being rapidly taught by Christians in that region. Paul also comforted the believers that they would share in the promise of eternal life but also have the privilege of suffering for the cause of Christ.  Christ was rejected and Paul was rejected.  If we are followers, we too will be rejected, but we stand side-by-side with a clear purpose.