Bible Study Lesson:
Philippians: Overview and Introduction
- Paul found the church at Philippe on his second missionary journey. (Acts 16:11-40)
- The letter to the Philippians is like a ‘Thank You’ letter for the gift sent by the church.
- Philippian church sent a monetary gift to Paul through Epaphroditus (Phil 4:18) (Bible study on Spiritual Gifts)
- Epaphroditus fell very sick during his trip, almost up to the point of death. (Phil 2:27)
- Very personal letter, ‘I’ are used more than 100 times by Paul.
- Letter was written in about 61 a.d. from Rome in prison.
- It was the first church planted in Europe.
Philippe – Overview:
- Roman colony
- Located in Macedonia, present day Northern Greece
- Leading city in Macedonia
- Church constituted mainly of gentiles
- Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke visited Philippe on their second missionary journey around A.D. 50. (Acts 16:12)
- Other religions were not allowed in the city, so Paul and Co. used to go out of the city to preach. (Acts 16:13-15)
- Lydia was the first believer, she was a business woman.
- Paul casted out evil spirit from a slave girl who had a spirit of fortune-telling. (Acts 16: 16-18)
- Paul and Silas were thrown in to prison due to that.
- The jailer and his household became Christian after series of unusual events. (Acts 16: 27-34)
- Paul, the citizen of Rome, were then escorted out of prison. (Acts 16:39)
Major Theme of the letter to the Philippians:
- Rejoice in Suffering
- Joy, Gospel
- Jesus Christ – used more than 25 times
- Church of Philippi was a persecuted church. Phi 1:30 – “Since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”
- Greece – Athens was birth place of Olympics and Running was the first Olympic game. See how Paul uses this analogy to his walk with Christ. (Phil 3:14)
Check out excellent resource on Introduction of Philippians – The Church that Almost wasn’t there from thebiblepost.com.
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