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Paul writes to the church of Philippi out of gratitude and confidence in their faith to continue sharing in the good news of the gospel. As partners in ministry, Paul challenges the Church to imitate Jesus’ self-giving love by continuing to serve in unity. Even in our suffering, the security of eternal citizenship in Heaven and our community in the body of believers gives us joy that reaches far beyond our circumstances.

Teaching

  • WEEK 1: Prayer for God's People and Work

    February 18 Philippians 1:1-11

  • WEEK 2: Mixed Motives

    February 25 Philippians 1:12-19

  • WEEK 3: Living or Dying for Christ

    March 4 Philippians 1:18-26

  • WEEK 4: A Heavenly Citizen's Conduct

    March 11 Philippians 1:27-30

  • WEEK 5: Setting Interests Aside Like Jesus

    March 18 Philippians 2:1-11

  • WEEK 6: Work Hard, Shine Brightly

    March 25 Philippians 2:12-18

  • WEEK 7: True Workers and Fellow Soldiers

    April 8 Philippians 2:19-30

  • WEEK 8: Worthlessness of Human Effort

    April 15 Philippians 3:1-7

  • WEEK 9: Righteousness Through Faith

    April 22 Philippians 3:8-11

  • WEEK 10: Spiritual Progress

    April 29 Philippians 3:12-16

  • WEEK 11: A Heavenly Citizen's Hope

    May 6 Philippians 3:17-4:1

  • WEEK 12: Peace with Others

    May 13 Philippians 4:2-5

  • WEEK 13: Peace from God

    May 20 Philippians 4:6-9

  • WEEK 14: Contentment and Provision

    May 27 Philippians 4:10-23

Study Questions

  • WEEK 1: Prayer for God's People and Work

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  • WEEK 2: Mixed Motives

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  • WEEK 3: Living or Dying for Christ

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  • WEEK 4: A Heavenly Citizen's Conduct

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  • WEEK 5: Setting Interests Aside Like Jesus

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  • WEEK 6: Work Hard, Shine Brightly

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  • WEEK 7: True Workers and Fellow Soldiers

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  • WEEK 8: Worthlessness of Human Effort

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  • WEEK 9: Righteousness Through Faith

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  • WEEK 10: Spiritual Progress

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  • WEEK 11: A Heavenly Citizen's Hope

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  • WEEK 12: Peace with Others

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  • WEEK 13: Peace from God

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  • WEEK 14: Contentment and Provision

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Joy in All Circumstances

Memorizing Scripture

  • "(6) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns . . . (9) I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. (10) For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. (11) May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God."
  • " (12) And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News."
  • "(20) For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. (21) For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. (22) But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. (23) I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me."
  • " (27) Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News . . . (29) For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. (30a) We are in this struggle together."
  • "(1) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? (2) Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (3) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (4) Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (5) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (6) Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. (7) Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, (8) he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (9) Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
  • "(12c) Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (13) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (14) Do everything without complaining and arguing, (15) so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. (16) Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. (17) But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy."
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  • '(1) Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith."
  • "(8) Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ (9) and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. (10) I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, (11) so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!"
  • "(12) I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (13) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (15) Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. (16) But we must hold on to the progress we have already made."
  • ". . . (18b) there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. (19) They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. (20) But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. (21) He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control."
  • "(4) Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (5) Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon."
  • "(6) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (8) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (9) Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you."
  • ". . . (11b) for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (12) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (13) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (14) Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty . . . (19) And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (20) Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen . . . (23) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit."

Paul's Second Missionary Journey

Philippians: By the Numbers

Number of times "Joy" is referenced
Minutes to read the entire book
Number of Paul's missionary journeys when Philippi was founded
Major east / west road, Egnatian Way, ran through Philippi
Old Testament references

Resources

Background on Philippi Screenshot3
Philippians: An Overview Screenshot1
Bible Project: Philippians

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