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EPISTLES II

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Exposition of Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, I-II-III John

PHILIPPIANS

The following material is from Christian Training Center class notes taken by Mr. Jim Snelten (edited by RevC). Though I was not the teacher, it is my belief that the main portion of this material came from “The Preacher’s Outline Sermon Bible” distributed by NavPress and used by permission of Leadership Ministries Worldwide. I have included additional commentary from:



  • Warren Wiersbe’s “Be Collection” indicated by (WW) preceding the material; and is used by permission.

  • The Preacher’s Outline Sermon Bible” distributed by NavPress (POSB); and is used by permission of Leadership Ministries Worldwide.

  • Comments by Rev. Dick Christensen (RevC)



  1. The Letter To The Philippians
    1. Introduction

      1. Author: Paul

      2. Date written: between 60 and 63 AD

      3. Written while in prison in Rome

      4. Written to the bishop, deacons, and Christians of Philippi

      5. Purpose




        1. Prevent criticism against Epaphroditus

        2. Thank the people for their gifts

        3. Call the church to unity and harmony

        4. Deal with false teachers (the Judiazers)



    1. New Testament Background of Philippi (Acts 16:9 - 40)

      1. Rome had kicked the Jews out of the city. Philippi may have followed suit. There was no temple in Philippi so Paul went out of town where people went to pray.



      1. There was money and gold in Philippi. Lydia was selling purple, very rare and costly, a luxury item.




      1. Paul was arrested. He was accused of being a Jew and creating a turmoil in the city.




        1. After being beaten, Paul was put in stocks.

        2. While praising God, an earthquake freed the prisoners. No one fled.

        3. Seeing what happened, the jailer sought salvation.




      1. The chief magistrate tries to release them but Paul plays hardball by telling them they are Roman citizens. The authorities are afraid of retribution by Rome. Paul later leaves the city as a sign of respect for authority.




      1. The church at Philippi was a faithful supporter of Paul.



(Acts 18:2-5) And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. {3} So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. {4} And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. {5} When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.




(2 Cor 11:8-9) I robbed (was paid wages from) other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. {9} And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.



(Phil 4:16-19) For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. {17} Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. {18} Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. {19} And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.





    1. Purpose and Plan of the Book

      1. Express appreciation for the church of Philippi, confidence in their progress, and ambition for them.



(Phil 1:3-11) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, {4} always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, {5} for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, {6} being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; {7} just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. {8} For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. {9} And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, {10} that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, {11} being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.


      1. To report on his circumstances.




(Phil 1:12-16) But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, {13} so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; {14} and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. {15} Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will: {16} The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;


      1. To exhort to unity, humility, and consistency. (Phil 1:27-30)




      1. Inform of intentions to send Timothy and Epaphroditus. (Phil 2:19-30)




      1. Warn against Judaizers. (Phil 3:1-14)



      1. Warn against antinomianism. (Phil 3:15-4:1) The false teaching that since faith alone is necessary for salvation, one is free from the moral obligations of the law (Holman Bible Dictionary).



      1. Appeal for reconciliation of Euodia and Syntyche.




(Phil 4:2-3) I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. {3} And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.


      1. Admonish to joyfulness, prayerfulness, and pursuit of good. (Phil. 4:4-14)




      1. Express gratitude for gift and send greetings. (Phil. 4:15-23)





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