Click here for an overview of the book of Philippians  by Calvary Church of Missouri

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The Background of Philippians

This 1-hour 15-minute lecture gives an extensive overview and explanation of the geography and history of Philippi, including the impact of such notable actors as Philip of Macedon and Saint Paul, as well as the  major civilizations of Alexandria, Greece, and Rome.

The Read Scripture Series has a 9+  minute video that gives an excellent visual overview of St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians.

and this CGI representation of the city it the time of Paul    The Ancient City of Philippi

NOTE:  As with all studies, use what study tools you can to rightly divide the Word.  Be a Berean, & recognize that sometimes folks will disagree on what they think they see or know in the Scriptures.  Use history. Use context. Use research.   Answer the question Jesus asked the scholars of His day--"How do you read it?" Don't just take someone else's teaching as the final truth.  Read the Word for yourself, pray for wisdom from above, & study to show yourself approved.   editor

Christ is Worth More than Everything

About this letter according to the Easy English Bible commentary

     Paul wrote this letter while he was in a prison in Rome. Rome is the capital of the country called Italy now. At that time, the king of Rome was very powerful and he ruled many countries. We think that Paul wrote this letter about the year AD 62. That was more than 30 years after Jesus died. At that time, Philippi was an important city in Macedonia (the north part of Greece).

     Paul visited Philippi about 12 years before he wrote this letter. He went there to teach the people about Jesus Christ. Some people there became angry about the things that Paul was doing. So they put Paul in a prison. (See Acts 16:11-40.) We think that Paul visited Philippi again after that. He may have gone there several times. The Christians there were his special friends.

     In his letter, Paul tells the Christians that they are very special to him. Like Paul, they are Christ’s servants. So, because they also work for Christ, they help Paul to be stronger for Christ. Paul loves Christ. Christ is much, much more important to him than anything else is. The whole purpose of Paul’s life is to tell people about Christ.

     Christ obeyed God so completely that he died on our behalf. Paul wants the Christians at Philippi to obey God completely too. He wants them to be like Christ. Paul is afraid that they might listen to false teachers. The false teachers were teaching wrong ideas. Paul wants the Christians to do the things that make God happy. They must continue to believe God. They must continue to obey God, even when other people are not kind to them.

Also, Paul thanks the Christians at Philippi for the gifts that they had sent to him. He tells them that he will send Timothy and Epaphroditus to Philippi. These men will tell all the news about Paul to the Christians there.

  Philippians 1:6  Being Confident   Pastor Billy Robertson    13 March 2016       sermon notes

Philippians 1:6 says it all..."Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"... When we trust in the Lord Jesus, we should turn everything over to Him.  The work on the cross, that day He paid our debt to our Creator, was the beginning of the work done in each of us.  His willingness to buy us out of the slave market of sin has less to do with how important we are, and everything to do with His choice to love us.  It was and is the measure of His love for us, and in loving us He will continue to work in, on, and through us until we are called home in death, and leave this flesh behind.  "The day of Jesus Christ" might be for each of us the day of our death, and should we still live at His return as the conquering King, it will be when He sets foot on this earth and the war with the fallen angels is finally over.  In all of this our confidence is not in ourselves to stay strong, but in Jesus Christ to keep us in the palm of His hand... He is our guide, our covering, our shield, our defender and the Commander of the Hosts of the Father to protect us from the wiles of the enemy and to warn us when we choose to listen to the flesh or to exert our own wills.  He will perform His good work in us until there is no more time and eternity is our fate.