As Paul referred to the Philippians as partners in the gospel, let this be said of us. Joy in the Christian life is all about perspective. Through following his patterns of humility and sacrifice, we can find joy in all circumstances. 4:13, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.” – Phil. Casting the demon out of the servant girl, in the name of Jesus Christ, was the catalyst for Paul and Silas to be beaten and imprisoned (Acts 16:18-24). (NKJV), Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry. True joy is not based on circumstances. 4:19. One Sabbath, Paul went outside the city to the Gangites River where he found a group of “devout women” meeting for prayer (Acts 16:3). He reminded the Philippians that he was praying for their love for one another to abound as they continued to grow in knowledge and discernment (1:9). After their release, Paul and Silas returned to the house of Lydia to encourage the brethren and before departing from the city of Philippi. His tender love for the believers in Philippi is apparent in this most personal of Paul's writings. Rhonda is the author of 6 books and appears on numerous radio programs including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today and Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, & hosts The No Regrets Hour. ", Key Characters in the Book of Philippians, Overview: the Epistles of the New Testament, Forget the Past and Press On (Philippians 3:13-14), Intro to Galatians: How to Be Free From the Burden of the Law, The Role the Four Evangelists Play in Christianity, General Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Christian Training Center. Most scholars believe the letter was written around AD 62, while Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Most scholars concur that Paul penned Philippians during his first imprisonment in Rome (A.D. 60-62). Paul had established the church in Philippi approximately 10 years prior, during his second missionary journey recorded in Acts 16. Rhonda Stoppe is the NO REGRETS WOMAN. To understand Paul’s deep love for this church, it’s important to know the backstory. JSTOR 3210038. The Philippian church began on Paul’s second missionary journey (Acts 16:12-40). • Abrahamsen, Valerie (March 1988). Is this study for both men and women? Title: Philippians derives its name from the Greek city where the church to which it was addressed was located. A Roman colony, Philippi was situated in Macedonia, or current-day Northern Greece. 61, possibly at the end of Acts 28:30.”. In Philippians 2:23-24 Paul points to this epistle being written toward the end of his two-year Roman imprisonment––A.D. -To warn them about false *doctrine, especially that of Jewish Christians who insisted on circumcision for Gentiles. Date of Writing: The Book of Philippians was written in approximately A.D. 61. She’s committed to fulfilling the Titus 2:4 commission by mentoring, teaching and writing books that are inspiring, grounded in Scripture and easy to read––like you're visiting with a friend over coffee. Landscape of the Book of Philippians Under house arrest as a prisoner in Rome, yet full of joy and thankfulness, Paul wrote to encourage his fellow servants living in Philippi. Purpose of Writing: The Epistle to the Philippians, one of Paul’s prison epistles, was written in Rome. One of the major trade routes between Europe and Asia, Philippi was a chief commercial center with a mixture of different nationalities, religions, and social levels. (ESV), Philippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippi had a small Jewish population, with not even enough men to form a synagogue. Philippians 1 [Full Chapter] [ Greeting] Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [ Thanksgiving and Prayer ] … Rhonda is a regular contributor for Crosswalk and many other magazines. The city was named after Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. The answer is, and has always been, repentance and wholehearted devotion to knowing Christ and making Him known. This is the divine perspective Paul wanted to communicate in his letter to the Philippians. Because she was a known fortune teller. After Lydia and her household were baptized, she urged Paul and his missionary team to stay at her house. Yes! -To appeal for unity and for the end of quarrels in the church. These gifts were delivered by Epaphroditus, a leader in the Philippian church who ended up assisting Paul with ministry in Rome. 3:8, “Our citizenship is in heaven.” – Phil. The girl’s proclamation was in no way an expression of her salvation, but it would have confused the crowds. They have four grown children and 10 grandchildren. This summary of the book of Philippians provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Philippians. -To inform the Christians at Philippi about his own circumstances. In the pages of Philippians, Paul conveys a powerful message about the secret of contentment. The apostle warned them about "Judiazers" (Jewish legalists) and gave instructions on how to live a joyous Christian life. It was in this imprisonment that Paul and Silas sang hymns to God and experienced an earthquake that shook their shackles free and opened the prison doors. Again I will say, rejoice! The life Jesus invites us into when we follow him is one of sacrifice. I could have listened to Rhonda talk all night, is what women say about Rhonda’s enthusiastic, humorous, transparent teaching, and zeal as an evangelist. https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-pauline-epistles/philippians -To tell them that Epaphroditus had recovered from his dangerous illness. My own observations include encouraging, equipping, and inspiring believers to press on in their pursuit of Christlikeness (3:12-14). The early church unanimously agreed that the Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Philippians. The first week is an introduction week and the remaining four weeks are spent reading one chapter from Philippians each week over the course of four days. (NKJV), Philippians 4:6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (NKJV), Philippians 4:8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. But the people Paul met, and the experiences of God’s great mercy and power in Philippi left a deep impression and care upon the apostle who wrote: “My brothers whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved” (Philippians 4:1). Book of Philippians; Philippians; Bible; In the midst of chains and in prison, the Apostle Paul writes one of the most encouraging letters in all the Bible. Sharing the gospel at her NoRegretsWoman Conference is her sweet spot. The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to express his gratitude and affection for the Philippian church, his strongest supporters in ministry. Joy in all circumstances, even suffering - Philippians 1. The answer for our troubled world lies not in politics, possessions or power. Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.. Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.. Philippians in The New Testament - A Brief Overview. 2:10, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” – Phil. Paul writes a thank-you note to the believers at Philippi for their help in his hour of need, and he uses the occasion to send along some instructions on Christian unity. We must joyfully hold fast to the doctrines of our faith and press on to fulfill the ministries to which God has called us. THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS. The Jews knew that association with a sayer was contrary to God’s law (Deuteronomy 18:10). Clicking on a chapter will show you the text of that chapter of Philippians in the Bible (New International Version). Philippians: The Art of Contentment is a five-week study. Christ is the ultimate example for believers. The city was named after Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great.