Overview Of Philippians
This brief four chapter book was written by the Apostle Paul to a group of Christians in the Roman city of Philippi. Two key themes would be first, Paul’s encouragement to Philippians and second his focus on joy being found in Christ.
"I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
As the letter to the Philippians comes to a close, Paul puts forward several directives: pursue unity, live with true joy, think about what is Godly, and as we do God's peace will come upon our lives.
Let go of your past. Press on toward Jesus. And your reward will be everlasting joy and life with Jesus!
We have been designed, created to only be fully satisfied in this life if Jesus is our treasure. He is better than anything else in this world.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.... (Philippians 2:14-15.
We’re called as Christians to stand firm and to have courage with humility and compassion.
What is the one thing you can do, that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? I can live in such a way that Jesus is seen as big, amazing and glorious in my life.
Everyone wants to live and everyone will die. There is only one way to have a life worth living and death worth dying and that’s by focusing on Jesus. He is the One who lived for us and died for us….through Him we’re able to say, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Paul was optimistic and hopeful. Prison was not a problem to be solved nor was it reason for him to grumble. His circumstances did not cause him to lose faith in God or affect his communicating of the Gospel. Even in prison he told people about Jesus. The focus of this weeks study is living for the sake and glory of Jesus.
Love is grounded in knowing God. We learn from Jesus what it means to be sacrificial, self-less, and patient. Paul prayed that the Philippians would look to Jesus to understand and overflow in love. We should be actively praying the same for one another. The study for the second week will help us to stay grounded in the love of Jesus and will challenge us to love others well.
By walking with God you will experience this joy filled life. He is with you. He began the work in you and He doesn’t start something He doesn’t intend on finishing. He will never leave you nor will He ever forsake you.