Bible Study: The Letter to the Philippians
The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians presumably while under house arrest in Rome. His overall point is encourage the Philippians church to have joy as their primary identity in the face of whatever circumstance they find themselves in.
This series was originally published under as the first in our series of online Bible studies entitled, “So That’s What That Means” recorded in the early days of the pandemic in 2020. We used this content for Zoom Bible studies later in the week. The content is still good, although may be dated with quarantine language, please bear in mind this reality.
Ryan Kelly says of the book of Philippians, “A few other interrelated themes are worth pointing out. Philippians is an unusually warm and deeply personal letter. Paul’s pen drips with affection and appreciation for the saints in Philippi. And yet, the Philippian letter also contains some of the most precise theology (specifically, Christology) in all the Bible (Phil. 2:5-11). It contains one of the clearest and most personal explanations of the gospel (Phil. 3:1-11), as well as the manifold outworkings of the gospel (Phil. 3:12-4:9).
Finally, Paul is deeply experiential as he frequently returns to the believer’s communion with Christ (e.g., Phil. 3:10, 20). It is this Christ that they share. Their bond and fellowship is in his gospel, his grace, his mission, his presence, his promises, and his peace.”
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In a world full of turmoil and strife, finding peace can lead to joy, but the only way to experience that is by following Jesus and allowing Jesus to be the Lord of your life.
In this flow, you will go through the entire book of Philippians over the course of 15 sessions. We recommend that you take your time with it, do no more than 2 sessions per week so that you can allow the words of this beautiful letter to settle into your heart and your life. So grab your Bible or your Bible app and dive in to the Letter to the Philippians!