Christ is the believer’s life, pattern, object, and strength.
Philippians Intro: Motive and Purpose
The Church at Philippi appears to have been one of the purest of the Apostolic age, and beyond any other called out the Apostle’s thankfulness and commendation.
The occasion of the Epistle seems to have been the return of Epaphroditus, who had brought a gift from Paul’s friends in Philippi, but had been seized by a dangerous illness, Paul was a prisoner in his own hired house in Rome and was anticipating his trial before the emperor.
There is nothing controversial in this letter. The peace of God keeps the Apostle’s mind and heart, and out of it pours a tide of deep and tender love. The hope of being alive at Christ’s coming is still his guiding star. His citizenship is in heaven, and all that he has forfeited of earthly wealth and joy is more than compensated for by what he has found in Christ. —Through the Bible Day by Day
To Present Every Man Perfect in Christ
Salutation, Philippians 1:1, 2.
I. A Pastor’s Regard and Concern for His People, Philippians 1:3-11
1. Thanksgiving for Their Co-operation, Philippians 1:3-5
2. Confidence That They Share the Same Grace, Philippians 1:6-7
3. Prayer for Their Spiritual Enrichment, Philippians 1:8-11
II. The Compensations of Paul’s Imprisonment, Philippians 1:12-26
1. Testimony of His Bonds throughout the Praetorian Guard, Philippians 1:12-13
2. Increased Boldness of the Brotherhood in Preaching Christ, Philippians 1:14-18
3. His Hope of Larger Usefulness upon His Release, Philippians 1:19-26
III. The Life That Is Worthy of the Gospel of Christ, Philippians 1:27-2:30
1. A Life of Courage in the Face of Conflict, Philippians 1:27-30
2. A Life of Good-Will and Helpfulness, Philippians 2:1-5
3. A Life Determined by the Spirit of Christ, Philippians 2:6-11
4. A Life Triumphant in an Evil World, Philippians 2:12-18
(Illustrated by Paul’s Fellow-Workers, Philippians 2:19-30
1. Timothy, Philippians 2:19-24
2. Epaphroditus, Philippians 2:25-30)
IV. Human and Divine Righteousness Contrasted, Philippians 3:1-4:3
1. Warning against Those Who Glory in the Flesh, Philippians 3:1-3
2. Paul’s Personal Claim to Legal Righteousness, Philippians 3:4-6
3. His Repudiation of All Else for the Righteousness of Christ, Philippians 3:7-16
4. Warning against the Fleshly-Minded, Philippians 3:17-4:1
(Personal Message to Euodias and Syntyche, Philippians 4:2-3)
V. The Final Exhortation, Philippians 4:4-0.
1. The Place of Prayer, Philippians 4:4-7
2. The Need of Purity, Philippians 4:8-9
VI. A Personal Message, Philippians 4:10-19
1. The Gift from the Philippians, Philippians 4:10-14
2. Their Past Assistance, Philippians 4:15-17
3. The Divine Acceptance of This Service, Philippians 4:18-19
Conclusion, Philippians 4:20-23 —Through the Bible Day by Day