Philippians for Beginners
Maturing in Christ
Philippians is the Apostle Paul's most joyful letter in which he shares rich and encouraging spiritual insights with a church he loved and, because of his imprisonment, greatly missed.
In this introductory lesson, Mike will review the history and unusual background of the city of Philippi along with the beginnings of the church there and the occasion of his writing of this epistle.
After Paul's brief greeting the Apostle sets forth in prayer the manner in which he directs the Philippians to pursue spiritual development and its ultimate result. (Philippians 1:1-11)
This portion of Philippians provides us with a rare glimpse of Paul's feelings concerning his personal situation and how he resolved an important dilemma facing him and his ministry. (Philippians 1:12-26)
In this section, Paul lays out the journey for one who would be mature in Christ and includes the fascinating transformation Christ underwent in His incarnation as man. (Philippians 1:27-2:13)
Paul uses his situation and coworkers to sketch out how a mature Christian uses trials to make a statement about Christ and his faith. (Philippians 2:14-30)
This series continues with Paul explaining and comparing both the physical and spiritual circumcisions as well as the teachers who promote each of these. (Philippians 3:1-6)
Paul concludes his argument that the gospel he has preached and modeled is superior in its ability to save and reward those who believe and remain faithful to the end. (Philippians 3:7-21)