Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Lessons from Philippians

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

April 14th, 2015

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some women, including Lydia of Thyatira, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Was it a Jewish ‘prayer-house’? Continue reading»

An Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

May 1st, 2010

Background information on Paul and his letter to the Philippians. Continue reading»

Philippians – Bibliography

May 1st, 2010

Here is a list of the books that have been used in compiling these study notes. Continue reading»

Paul’s Greeting – Philippians 1:1-2

May 1st, 2010

With a few minor variations, Paul’s greeting to the Philippians is just like those in many of his other letters. What is the significance of these variations? Continue reading»

Paul’s Thanks – Philippians 1:3-6

May 1st, 2010

Does God expect us to be perfect?

In this session we look at what “fellowship” (koinonia) means; and at what “perfection” means. We also look at how Paul views giving. Continue reading»

Paul’s Affection – Philippians 1:7-11

May 1st, 2010

What do you think the Apostle Paul would have been like to meet in person?
How do love and knowledge go together? Continue reading»

Motives in Ministry – Philippians 1:12-18

May 1st, 2010

Today it is obvious that some ministers are using ministry as a way to get rich and famous. How do you feel about people who minister with motives of wealth, power or prestige?

How did Paul feel about Christian ministers who were motivated by selfish ambition? Continue reading»

Paul’s Courage – Philippians 1:19-27

May 1st, 2010

What was Paul relying on for courage in his trial?
What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? Continue reading»

Suffering and Standing – Philippians 1:27-30

May 1st, 2010

This week we look (1) at the influence of church leaders, (2) at unity and (3) at suffering. Continue reading»

Harmony and Humility – Philippians 2:1-5

May 1st, 2010

Following Jesus’ example, what should be our attitude to others and our attitude to ourselves? Continue reading»

The Creed (Hymn) of Philippians 2:6-11

May 1st, 2010

The creed, or hymn, which Paul quotes in Philippians 2:6-11, expresses the depths of humiliation, degradation and alienation that Christ suffered while fulfilling his earthly mission of redemption.

It also expresses the ultimate exaltation of Jesus Christ which results in glorious cosmic and universal worship.

This is an amazing passage of scripture! Even more so because we are called to follow Christ’s example Continue reading»

Living as Lights in the World – Philippians 2:12-18

May 1st, 2010

This week we look at “integrity”, at what Paul meant when he wrote “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” and what it means to “Shine as stars in the universe”. So clear 30 minutes or so, grab your Bible and have a read. Continue reading»

Timothy and Epaphroditus – Philippians 2:19-30

May 1st, 2010

Of all his letters addressed to churches, Paul’s letter to the Philippians is the most personal. In Philippians we get to meet some of the people associated with the church, albeit briefly, people such as Timothy and Epaphroditus. Continue reading»

Joy in the Bible

May 1st, 2010

In the New Testament, joy is closely associated with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, with suffering and persecution, and with faith and hope. Continue reading»

The Judaisers and Circumcision – Philippians 3:1-3

May 1st, 2010

Who were the Judaisers? And what does it mean to have a “circumcised” heart? Continue reading»

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