Valley Bible Church's Sermon Questions on The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians


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Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again. Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents--which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
- Philippians 1:1-30

The Epistle of Paul to the Philippianss (2001 - 2003)


A. The Epistle of Joy (1:1-2)

1. The Servants

2. The Saints

3. The Overseers

4. The Deacons


B. Prayer for the Philippians (1:3-11)

1. Paul’s Prayer of Thanksgiving (1:3-8)

a. For his memories

b. For their participation in the gospel

c. For assurance that the work God began would be completed

1) Assurance in regard to ourselves

2) Assurance in regard to others

2. Paul’s Prayer for Abounding Love (1:9-11)

a. That their love might abound in real knowledge and all discernment

b. That they might approve the things that are excellent

c. That they might be sincere and blameless


C. Good Results from Bad Circumstances (1:12-26)

1. Paul's chains (1:12-14)

2. Paul’s opponents (1:15-18a)

a. Their motives behind their preaching

1) Examining the motives of Paul's opponents

2) Examining our motives

b. The content of their preaching

1) Proclaiming the gospel and the person of Christ

2) Proclaiming the gospel and the work of Christ

3. Paul’s crisis (1:18b-26)

a. Paul’s future joy came from his assurance of salvation

b. Paul’s future joy came from the provision of the Spirit of Christ

c. Paul’s future joy came from his earthly preoccupation

d. Paul’s future joy came from his expectation of service to Christ

e. Paul’s future joy came from his desire to be with Christ


D. Conducting Ourselves in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel (1:27-2:18)

1. Standing firm in one spirit, with one mind (1:27-30)

a. Striving together for the faith of the gospel

b. No way alarmed by our oppenents

c. Suffering for the sake of Christ

2. Pursuing church unity (2:1-4)

a. The right motivation

1) Encouragement in Christ

2) Consolation of love, fellowship of the Spirit, affection and compassion

b. The right description

1) Being of the same mind

2) Maintaining the same love, united in spirit intent on one purpose

c. The right means

3. Having the attitude of Christ (2:5-11)

a. Christ’s humilation (2:5-8)

1) Christ did not grasp His riches too tightly

2) Christ emptied Himself

3) Christ was made in the likeness of men

4) Christ was obedient to the point of death

b. Christ’s exaltation (2:9-11)

1) The steps of Christ’s exaltation

a) His resurrection, ascension and unveiling

b) His ministry of intercession

2) The name of the Lord in Christ’s exaltation

3) The purpose of Christ’s exaltation

4. Three concerns in walking worthy of the gospel (2:12-18)

a. Working out salvation (2:12-13)

1) We are responsible for the failings in our sancification

2) God is responsible for the success in our sanctification

b. Stop complaining (2:14-16)

1) We must not grumble and dispute

2) To function as a beacon of light to a faithless world

3) That those who have labored in our lives might have glory

c. Rejoicing in sacrificial service to others (2:17-18)


E. Paul sends Timothy to the Philippians (2:19-30)

1. A priceless pair: Timothy (2:19-24)

a. The character of Timothy

b. The value of Timothy

2. A priceless pair: Epaphroditus (2:25-30)

a. Why Epaphroditus was sent

b. How Epaphroditus was to be received


F. The True Circumcision (3:1-4:1)

1. Beware of the false circumcision (3:1-2)

a. They corrupt the gospel

b. They corrupt the new covenant

c. They corrupt the church

2. Follow the true circumcision (3:3-4:1)

a. The description of the true circumcision (3:3)

b. The example of Paul (3:4-16)

1) His loss of credentials

a) The list of his credentials

b) His attitude toward his credentials

2) His gain of Christ

a) The knowledge of Christ

b) The righteousness of Christ

c) The power of Christ

d) The suffering of Christ

e) The resurrection of Christ

3) His pursuit of Christ

a) The need for dissatisfaction

b) The need for direction

c) The need for discipline

c. The example of others (3:17-4:1)

1) They follow with others in a heavenly processional

2) They are not enemies of the cross of Christ

3) They eagerly wait for the return of Christ

4) They stand firm


G. The Path to Peace (4:2-9)

1. Peace through assistance from others

2. Peace through positive rejoicing

3. Peace though perseverence

4. Peace through prayer

a. The problem of anxiety

b. The solution of prayer

c. The promise of peace

5. Peace through pondering good things

6. Peace through practice


H. The Philippians' Gift to Paul (4:10-20)

1. The reception of the gift

a. Paul received the gift with great joy

b. Paul received the gift with contentment

1) The difficulty of contentment

2) The secret of contentment

2. The benefits of the gift

a. The spiritual benefits of the gift

b. The financial benefits of the gift