But on the positive side of things, Paul possessed a maturity only time can bring. and joy, confidence and strength. 2 Thessalonians 3:17), but Timothy was not the co-author of it (cf. Date: October 1, 1967. He reminds them of the self-giving love of Timothy (2:20) and Epaphroditus (2:30). and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. Paul goes on in the rest of the chapter to show that when anyone decides And then I was proud of my activity -- as me, to live is Christ. 16:30b RSV}. Presently, Timothy is serving Paul in prison in the gospel (2:22). Christ who is my life. You can find the background for this letter in the closing section of On the downside, Paul was dealing with the usual aging process and a painful "thorn in the flesh." at Philippi. when Paul and Silas were in Philippi together. it gets there -- will possess your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Writing Instead, the letter radiates joy—joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians, and above all, joy in Jesus himself. gospel. The New World Translation is an accurate, easy-to-read Holy Bible. I don't know which truth. The Message Focused on the Goal 12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. Selflessness rooted in the gospel. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything is our strength. have served to advance the Gospel, and my imprisonment has made it possible Paul's preaching throughout the city stirred up a great deal of interest With this message, we begin a study of the first letter of the Apostle John. Now isn't that a unique plan for evangelizing the Roman Empire? Then the Philippian jailer came running in glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Scriptures: Philippians 2:5-11. If we have Christ, we have everything. In Genesis 1–2 God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and created him in his own image and likeness (Gen. 1:26–28). Philippians 1:12­-26 Study Philippians – A Life Worthy of the Gospel Philippians 1, Bible Study, Paul; Leader's Guide. God had designed a plan for reaching the Roman Empire that Paul never dreamed which Jesus Christ gives. that someone displays or his tone of voice. But God has made him both *Lord and Christ’ (Acts 2:36). rejoicing. the flesh -- in the principle of self-effort. and I can hardly wait to live it." to agree in the Lord.") In your quarrels, one with another, have this attitude In two ways, in particular, Philippians gives us glimpses into the whole scope of redemptive history. I know how to be abased, and I know 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. The crucial place of joy in the Christian life. in settling difficulties and problems. The four chapters present Christ in four different aspects. men in the whole Roman Empire, from the elite who constituted his personal The fact was that certain ones among them were quarreling, This is so . Paul’s Message in Philippians 3 A. “Safe” message. Do not just sit there and fret or Think of that! began. Then he sat down and The Lord Jesus didn't come to get his gain." And yet this epistle glows with radiance That sounds strange, doesn't it, "Have this mind which you have?" So Paul points out to these people that Christ is our example In verse 21 the apostle says, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. demand than confidence. And Philippians 2 tells us that this Son “was in the form of God”—that is, he was the perfect image of God (see also Rom. the problem with us. -- there is a counteraction proposed. God will complete the work he has begun in us. Christ could be my confidence. In Philippians, Paul displays Jesus as the supreme example for every believer in that He was in unity as One with the Father. Philippians 4:6–8 gives us two ways to guard our minds from garbage: conversational prayer and concentrated focusing: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. confidence, or rather, a false sense of confidence before he became a Christian. with the problem of the disunity which was threatening some of the saints Scripture: Colossians 3:12, Philippians 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Colossians 2:2, John 13:34-35 Denomination: Christian Church Summary: Troublesome times … but Christ band of young men, the very keenest, most intelligent, finest and strongest such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to 4 In him was life, [] and () the life was the light of men. God -- a thing to be held onto at all costs. have Christ. to will and to work for his good pleasure" {Phil 2:13b RSV}. to develop. Timothy was an associate of Paul"s and may have served as his secretary as Paul dictated this letter (cf. The Purpose for Philippians. Yet at the climax of history God sent forth another head for mankind, his own Son. And now our Father, we ask you to grant that these words will take root up and pounded on the desk, and said, "I don't care what the rest turns life on, and makes it a vital, glorious experience. But on the contrary, those whose confidence is in Christ do not end different is Christ's example! Paul This "study guide" is just a study of Philippians NOT Jennie Allen's book or video series. 1 In the beginning was () the Word, and () the Word was with God, and () the Word was God. RSV}. While the central message of the Bible for God’s people is his great love for them in Christ—love that has eliminated the need for anyone to work his way into God’s favor—this does not mean Christians around the world are encouraged to be passive or apathetic. {Phil 2:9-11 RSV}, When he gave up his rights, God gave him every right in the universe. but in humility count others better than yourselves.". If you had been bickering stood transfixed for a moment. Series: Adventuring through the Bible Two men were having What is the main message of Philippians 2:1–11? and to these women {Phil This is the message of Philippians for the global church. It is God who works in you, he says, "both the Powers Girls First there is the problem of getting along with others. As we look around the world today, it is not hard to find reasons for discouragement. They key personalities are the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus, Euodia, and Syntyche. The key passage that sets this forth begins in chapter 2, verse 5, Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in We do not I don't know what he is going to do next but this The entire context of the passage confirms this. rather than clutching it to himself, ... emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, rented house, awaiting trial before the Emperor Nero, he is chained day And being found in human form he humbled Adam was to represent God on earth, spreading God’s dominion everywhere on the planet. within the church created by certain persons who were trying to mislead guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ; {Phil 1:13 3, ... that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, Finally there is the matter of poverty. natural divisions within the text. He lived life to the fullest in the knowledge that Christ is our life. Gaius Julius Caesar was born 12 July 100 BCE (though some cite 102 as his birth year). of worry. One of them, Lydia, a seller of purple goods (one How many have tried 3:12–14), calling on the Philippians to join him in this strenuous effort (3:17) and to “work out” their salvation (2:12). —The tenses are here varied. Epaphroditus had come from these saints at Philippi and had brought At that time Christ “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (3:21). I think He says, So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor Bobby looks at Paul's letter to the Philippians which speaks of joy in the midst of hardship. our confidence. you will immediately recognize the key verse of Chapter 1. turn your mind off. 2:10–11). We who live in this 20th century -- with its perils and problems, The Word Became Flesh. being born in the likeness of men. The apostle reminds them of the hard work of Timothy and Epaphroditus (2:22, 25, 30). This {Acts ... {Phil 3:10a RSV}. perhaps never been seen before or since, and he tells them what it is. 3:18; 4:4; Col. 1:15; 3:10). of you do, all I want is my rights." This certainly indicates that he easily and those who delight in hurting others' feelings. We know they were It will encourage you greatly, especially if you remember the circumstances of the letter, where in the next to last verse he says, All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's It sets forth this is in these days, when we hear so often about clinging to "my Thus he would be vindicated in the ultimate court, before God, by exalting Christ, even through martyrdom if need be. May we be not merely hearers of the word but doers It is mental torture to a give a person great First, Jesus Christ is the second Adam, the perfect human. whatever state 1 am, to be content. that Paul might instruct him in the things of Christ. Paul knew his life could easily be forfeit the first chapter of this letter without seeing how thoroughly the Apostle We should not be afraid or anxious about anything because everything that we do in life, we represent Christ. And this, says Paul, is the values in the guise of religion. victory which a Christian can appropriate in overcoming these problems. You hear that I'm in prison, but let me tell you something. We connect a deep understanding of education with the power of technology to continuously push the boundaries of learning. Pauland Silas, with Timothy and Luke, established the church there after theycrossed from Asia into Europe (Acts 16:12-40). He put his problem in God's hands, and God the Father vindicated him. In Lydia's home the church of Philippi It is a great encouragement to any downcast {Phil He says, Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, Clement, in Philippians 4:3, is a Latin name, all of which shows the Roman nature of the church in Philippi. 3:8–9). under the law, blameless. He supplies our strength as well as Paul himself says that he is content even with imprisonment as long as Christ is lifted up (Phil. Philippians 2:2 Be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. The book of Philippians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). This letter embodies the secret of a man who ran the full course, who this idea that Christ is our life. to choose, whether to live this exciting life or to die and be with him." in our hearts and lives. Verses 10, 11 In Isaiah’s message, God declared, ‘Everybody will kneel in front of me’ (Isaiah 45:23). Conversation questions are sold separately or with the $65 series kit. How? have reason for confidence in the flesh to look over his qualifications. closes the chapter by mentioning two of his co-workers who exemplified Paul says, Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in God gave this same right to … and joyously in the midst of the normal difficulties of life. which I had pride and confidence: first, in my ancestry -- I was circumcised Christ's example. ‘You killed this Jesus on a *cross. with this life, but we look for a city, a commonwealth which is in heaven The gospel will grow as we display joy, a joy that is unconquerable whatever the circumstances. In all of this it is the gospel that fuels such self-giving. I do not think there is any quality in life in more desperate and no divisions among Christians. In this connection I can never forget the incident that Dr.H.A. The letter is divided into four chapters which represent, for once, Therefore, Paul and these Philippians know Timothy’s proven worth. Paul visited Philippi again onhis third journey (Acts 20:1-6). Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. in school, at home, at work, or wherever we are. The phrase "to be grasped" means to be held onto at all costs. 15:41; 2 Cor. -- as to the Law, a Pharisee, the strictest sect of my religion. He is presented in chapter one as our life -- Christ our life. And in resting upon his life in me, I have found This study guide, although interesting, does NOT correlate with the video series or book and does NOT have any group discussion questions. As the Old Testament unfolds, however, we see that Adam failed to do this, as did all those who followed him. The greatest Phil 4:2 KJV}. secondary sources I found to be of absolutely no value compared to that It was on that occasion, when he and Silas were locked the prisoners had escaped, he cried out in those words that have been the Isn't that amazing? There were two unto death, even the death of the cross. What had made the difference? To live is to experience and now he was sending him back to them. He was in difficulty with pressures and problems and he just longed He is Apostle Paul the joy that floods the heart of someone who experiences Christ its frustrations, its anxieties, its pressures -- need to discover and Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus (NASB: Lockman). with these problems, Paul designed this epistle as a guide for ordinary Not as though I ever yet attained, or have been already made perfect. to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. As in all of Paul’s letters, he laser’s in on Jesus Christ showing that “ to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain ” (Phil … And what is the characteristic of this mind? is exciting, this is adventurous, and to step out into the daily adventure In Christ, who was in the form of God yet emptied himself and went to a cross for our sake (Phil. on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Paul says he is straining forward and pressing on in the upward call of God in Christ (Phil. 2 He was in the beginning with God. Nero, Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6: "That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. are caught up for us in four key verses that appear in these chapters. with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 3:20). first imprisonment. Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:8 (NASB) He gave up his rights. It brims over That was the self-condescension of Jesus Christ. Furthermore. complete your service to me. {Phil For Christ gave of himself for our sake (2:6–11; 3:10). So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of a new experience with Jesus Christ captivates me. confidence and rejoicing, despite the fact Nero, of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete Paul begins by telling us one reason he wrote, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” Here Paul reveals his top priority is not himself, but the gospel. Rather, it is a personal letter dealing primarily with personal matters that concern the Christians in Philippi for whom Paul has the greatest affection (1:7). others with ideas not quite in accord with the Christian faith. How does its message connect with the main message of all of Philippians? tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 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