Bible Study: The Letter to the Philippians

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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!

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Course Content

Philippians 1:1-11
In the midst of difficult circumstances we often have an opportunity to choose joy in the midst of the struggle, to choose joy in the midst of pain, to choose joy despite circumstances. But which is better, Happiness or joy? Joy transcends the negative circumstances that can seem to overwhelm us, however, happiness only comes when things happen…and then we are unhappy when other things happen. Joy transcends those experiences. Happiness is an emotional state, Joy is a fruit of the spirit.

  • Philippians 1:1-11
  • Questions for Philippians 1:1-11

Philippians 1:12-18a
According to Paul, Motives and Methods aren't as important as one's Message and Mission. So long as a person's message is Christ, Paul encourages the reader that their methods may not be as desirable as what one likes, Christ simply must receive the glory.

Philippians 1:18b-26
Rejoicing in the midst of every and any circumstance - this is the example set by Paul and the directive given to us through the Philippians letter. It takes enormous confidence in God's provision to carry us through the most difficult circumstances and still have hope enough to be joyful.

Philippians 1:27-30
Philippians 1:29,  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 2:1-4
If you have any connection to Christ, it should result in joy!

Philippians 2:5-11
Take on the mind of Christ

Philippians 2:12-18
Working out your salvation with fear and trembling takes a lifetime of putting yourself into a position for God to transform you from the inside out.

Philippians 2:19-30
Close fellowship with other believers is vital to growth. Having peers that are brothers and sisters along with people who are spiritual fathers and mothers...and spiritual children create an environment for the continuance of faith and maturity for the believer.

Philippians 3:1-6
From where do you get your confidence? In this lesson Paul describes looking at confidence in the flesh vs confidence in Christ.

Philippians 3:7-11
The things we gain here on earth...are counted as rubbish in comparison the richness of Christ.

Philippians 3:12-16
Perfection is not something attainable by your own actions and you can't let your past dictate your future.

Philippians 3:17-21
Our citizenship is in heaven and we await a heavenly Savior.

Philippians 4:1-7
Problems can arise that can destroy people's relationships, we must work to overcome them and find ways to rejoice in the midst of every circumstance.

Philippians 4:8-13
Think about things that are lovely and true...

Philippians 4:14-23
God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory.

Philippians 4:14-23
God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory.