Lesson 10

CHAPTER TEN

PHILIPPIANS

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Name the author of the book of Philippians.

C Identify to whom the book of Philippians was written.

C State the purpose for the book of Philippians.

C Write the Key Verse of the book of Philippians from memory.

C State the Life and Ministry Principle for the book of Philippians.

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: Paul

TO WHOM: The Church at Philippi

PURPOSE: To present an appeal for Christian unity. KEY VERSE: 2:2

LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Unity in Jesus brings joy. MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Timotheus, Epaproditus, Ceasar
 
OUTLINE

I. Introduction: 1:1-26

A. Greeting: 1:1-2

1. From Paul and Timotheus: 1 :1

2. To: Saints in Christ Jesus, bishops, and deacons at Philippi: 1:1

3. Grace and peace: 1:2

B. Prayer for Philippians: 1:3-11

1. His thanksgiving for them : 1:3-5

a. Motivation for thanksgiving: 1 :3

b. Expression of thanksgiving: 1:4

c. Cause for thanksgiving : 1:5

2. His confidence in them : 1:6-7

a. The nature of the confidence : 1:6

b. The justification for this confidence: 1:7

3. His longing : 1:8

4. His prayer for them: 1:9-11

a. That love may abound in knowledge and judgment: 1:9

b. That you may approve things that are excellent: 1:10

c. That you may be sincere and without offense: 1:10

d. That you will be filled with the fruit of righteousness: 1:11

C. Personal matters: 1:12-26

1. Events which have served to spread the Gospel: 1:12-18

a. Imprisonment: 1:12-14

b. Preaching: 1:15-18

c. Prayer: 1:19

2. Questioning as to whether it is best to live or die: 1:19-26

a. The contrast of life and death: 1:20-21

b. The appeal of life: 1:22

c. The competing desire for death: 1:23-24

d. Assurance for a longer life: 1:25-26

II. Exhortations for unity 1:27-2:18

A. Appeal for unity in suffering: 1:27-30

1. Proper conversation: 1:27

2. Stand fast in one spirit with one mind: 1:27

3. Striving together for the faith of the Gospel: 1:27

4. In nothing terrified by your adversaries: 1:28-30

B. Unity in Christ: 2:1-11

l. Through proper conduct: 2:1-4

a. Love : 2:1-2

b. Fellowship: 2 :1

c. Mercy: 2:1

d. One accord: 2:2

e. One mind : 2:2

f. Nothing done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of

mind esteem others : 2:3

g. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the

things of others: 2:4

2. Christ’s humiliation: Unify your minds after the pattern of His: 2:6-8

a. No reputation: 2:7

b. Form of servant: 2:7

c. Likeness of men : 2:7

d. Humbled self: 2:8

e. Obedient to death of cross: 2:8

3. Christ’s exaltation : 2 : 9 – 1 1

a. Highly exalted: 2:9

b. A name above all others: 2:9

c. Every knee shall bow: 2:10

d. Every tongue will confess: 2:11

C. Spiritual growth brings unity: 2:12-18

1. Work out your salvation in fear: It is God: 2:12-13

2. Do all things without murmuring: That ye be blameless: 2:14-15

3. Hold forth the Word of life: That I may rejoice: 2:16-18

III. Paul’s plans: 2: 1 9-30

A. His plans for Timothy: 2:19-23

1. The plan: 2:19

2. The motive for the plan: 2:19

3. Reasons for choosing Timothy: 2:20-21

4. The relation of Timothy and Paul: 2:22

5. The timing of Timothy’s trip: 2:23

B. Plans for himself: 2:24

C. Plans for Epaphroditus: 2:25-30

1. Statement of the plan: 2:25

2. Testimony of Epaphroditus: 2:25

3. The reason for sending Epaphroditus: 2:26-27

4. The welcome to be given: 2:28-30

IV. Warnings 3:1-4 :1

A. Against Judaizing teachers: 3:1-16

1. The joy of the Lord as a defense against them : 3:1

2. Admonition to watch them: 3:2

3. Identification of true Israelites: 3:3

4. Paul’s experiences in relation to this matter: 3:4- 11

a. His grounds for legalistic pride: 3:4-6

(1) Circumcised: 3:5

(2) Of the stock of Israel: 3:5

(3) Of the tribe of Benjamin: 3:5

(4) A Pharisee: 3:5

(5) Zealous (persecuted Church): 3:6

(6) Righteous under the law: 3:6

b. His change of values: 3:7-11

(1) Nature of the change: 3 :7

(2) Reasons for the change: 3:8

(3) Motives for the change: 3:8-11

5. Perfection as a defense against legalism: 3:12-16

a. Attitude towards perfection: 3:12

b. Efforts to reach the goal: 13-14

c. Exhortation to perfection: 3:15-16

B. Against false teachers: 3:17-21

1. Their character: 3:18

2. Their fate: 3:19

3. The response of the believer: 3:20-21

V. Exhortations: 4:1-9

A. Unity between Euodias and Syntyce: 4:1-3

B. Unity in joy: 4 :4

C. Unity in moderation: 4:5

D. Unity in prayer: 4:6

E. Unity in peace: 4:7

F. Unity in mind: Proper thought process: 4:8

1. True.

2. Honest.

3. Just.

4. Pure.

5. Lovely.

6. Good report.

7. Things of virtue.

8. Things worthy of praise.

G. Unity between knowledge and actions: 4 :9

VI. Thanks for their gift: 4:10-20

A. The secret of contentment: 4:10-13

1. His thanks for their gift: 4:10

2. His independence of material need: 4:11

3. Explanation of his secret: 4:11-12

4. His source of strength: 4:13

B. The secret of provision: 4:14-20

1. His appreciation of the gift: 4:14

2. His reminder of their past record: 4:15-16

3. His attitude towards their gift: 4:17

4. His receipt of the gift: 4:18

5. The secret of provision: 4:19-20

VII. Benediction 4:21-23

A. Salute the saints in Christ Jesus: 4:21

B. The brethren with Paul send greetings: 4:21

C. The saints and those of Caesar’s household send greetings: 2:22

D. Grace be with you: 2:23