Philippians Chapter 1

June 7, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Philippians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Paul wrote this letter in early AD 63. It was different than the letters we have studied previously. IN this letter, Paul is not writing to deal with a particular problem, or suggest corrective actions, he is simply writing an expression of friendship to the church in Philippi. Philippi was the leading city in Macedonia at the time. Paul’s main theme in this letter is joy!

Philippians 1:1-30 (NIV)
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God. 12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved–and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 1:1-5

The source of joy in the life of a believer is our relationship with Jesus.

John 15:10-11 (NIV)
10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Joy is produced in us by the Holy Spirit, it is a fruit of His presence in our lives.

Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

It is not dependent on external circumstance, it is an overflow of salvation.

Acts 13:50-52 (NIV)
50 But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 7:4 (NIV)
4 I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.

Philippians 1:6-19

God continues to work for us and in us through our entire lives. That is good news. He is not done with you yet. You have not yet arrived, and you won’t until you are with Him forever.

This work for us began at the cross when Jesus died in our place. His work in us started when we first believed and continues as we yield to the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

This is important to know, because sometimes we may get discouraged in our walk with Christ. When God starts a project, He will finish it. God will not give up on you. He promises to finish the work He has started.

Philippians 1:20-34

Many people wonder what the meaning of life is. They sort of wander wondering if their life matters. A life in Christ is a life with purpose. Paul’s purpose in life was to speak out boldly for Christ and to become more like him.

We all have a purpose and a mission that we have been created for. It goes beyond just trying to survive every day. It breaks us free from the trap of being consumed by the temporary and opens us up to the eternal. Real life is not found in being consumed by the temporary pursuits that try and overwhelm us, real life, now and forever life is found in Christ by living for Him, seeing like He sees, thinking like He thinks, serving like He serves, and living like He loves.

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