NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY

Compiled by: Gary W. Summers


   

PHILIPPIANS

OUTLINE
1. Introduction (1:1-2) 2. Paul's Love for the Philippians (1:3-11) 3. News About Paul (1:12-26) 4. Correct Conduct (1:27-2:16) 5. Updates on Workers (2:17-30) 6. The Folly of Exalting the Flesh (3:1-21) 7. The Christian Disposition (4:1-20) 8. Closing Comments (4:21-23)
BACKGROUND
The city of Philippi was given its name by Philip of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great) after he conquered the city in 360 B.C. The city hosted a famous battle in 42 B.C. in which Marc Anthony and Octavian (Augustus) defeated Brutus and Cassius, two of the conspirators who assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Many of Antony's soldiers settled in Philippi. Just eleven years later (31 B.C.), however, Antony lost out to Octavian (who was now his enemy) in the famous naval battle of Actium. From about the time of Julius Caesar on there were soldiers stationed in Philippi. When Octavian became Emperor Augustus, he bestowed the status of Roman colony upon Philippi. The church was established on Paul's second missionary journey; its beginning is recorded in Acts 16:8-40, which highlights the conversions of Lydia and the jailer. The only other mention of the church is found in Acts 20:1-6.
VERSES TO MEMORIZE
1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 1:27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem another better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on the earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:14 Do all things without murmuring and disputing. 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3:8 But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 4:8 Finally, 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. 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
KEY PASSAGES
1:9-11 Paul's prayer for the Philippians. 1:15-17 The motives some have for preaching. 2:15-16 The Christian's influence. 2:19-23 Paul's confidence in Timothy. 2:24-30 The sacrificial Epaphroditus. 3:18-19 The character of the false teachers. 4:2 Unity must prevail in the body of Christ. 4:14-17 The Philippians' gracious help to Paul.

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