When did Paul write the epistle and from where?
It’s one of the “prison epistles”, probably written during house arrest recorded in Acts 28 (Read Phil. 1:7,13,16,19,24). The Philippian church was established by Paul somewhere around 50 a.d. on his second missionary journey (Acts 16). And the date of imprisonment and writing would be 59-61 a.d.
Remember that the epistle is ministering to the church so that the faithful stay faithful, the weak become strong, and the error is exposed.
The perfecting of the church, 1:6-10; 2:15,16; 3:7-11
What are the main points addressed in the epistle?
From chapter 1, Thanks. What had the Philippians done for Paul? What does Paul refer to at the beginning and end of the epistle? KOINONIA is the key word, 1:5,7,27; 2:1; 3:10; 4:3,14,15 _________________
From chapter 2, Regard for others. Who is the example? How is the Gospel of Christ presented?
Attitude is actually a major focus in Philippians 1 – Paul’s despite his opponents. Chapter 2, for the sake of unity and being like Christ. Chapter 3, about things the world thinks are important. Chapter 4, by focusing on our blessings and not the negatives.
From chapter 3, Rejoicing. Our citizenship is beyond this world.
Besides Christ’s example, who else is put forward as an example to the Phillipians?
From chapter 4, Trust in God. Where do we focus our minds? What was Paul’s secret to getting by in all circumtances?
What errors did Paul addess?
What were the problems, real or potential, that Paul addressed in the epistle to the Philippians?
See the following and determine who these groups were. Do these verses all refer to the same group or different groups: 1:15-17 (saved); 1:27-28 (gentile?); 3:2 (jewish); and 3:18-19 (gentile)? Are they Christian are pagan? Are they Jewish or Gentile? The 3:18-19 sounds more like legalistic Jews or carnal Gentiles?
There is an argument to be made that Paul’s opposition in Rome was Jewish (3:1ff) and his opposition in Philippi was Gentile (3:18-19). Lydia was the first convert. Paul did not find a synagogue in Philippi indicating a small population of Jews were there. And when Paul left Philippi, he left because of Gentile hostility, not Jewish (Acts 16).
Grace and Faith – God’s grace and our faith working together.
The way that God works with those who are willing to yield to him, 1:6-10 God will complete His work in us who are diligent to approve what is excellent. The way that we work out our salvation and so God is at work in us, 2:12,13. The way that Paul pressed forward to lay hold of that for which Christ layed hold of him, 3:12. And the way that God guards the hearts and minds of those who pray and give thanks, 4:6ff.
One last point. People of faith do not live their faith to impress men. They live it because they are serving God. If men are impressed, let them glorify God. And when Christians do good to others, they do it as a sacrifice to God. In Philippians 4:18, Paul brings up the help he received from the Philippians, saying, “I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” The good deeds done by Christians are part of their sacrifices to God.
How many Apostles did Jesus choose