In this lesson we will begin a study of Paul's letter to the Philippians. This is a favorite Biblical book of many. It has a blend of important doctrine as well as encouragements to godly Christian living. We will look first at how the church at Philippi started.
2. A Good Work 12/05/2021
Text: Philippians 1:1-7 There were only a few believers in Philippi when the Apostle Paul left. What was to happen to the saints in Philippi? In this message we will look at how the church there developed.
Very few have suffered for the cause of Christ like the Apostle Paul. Also, very few have suffered as he did without complaining. Despite all he went through, Paul kept a good attitude. He saw the Lord's purpose for his trials. In this message we will look at what was accomplished through the trials he endured prior to writing to the Philippians.
2021-12-26 Fill In Blank Notes The Effect of Paul's Chains
Probably the most respected person in the history of the church is the Apostle Paul. Nobody did more or suffered more for the Lord and the Gospel than he did but he was not always respected by everyone. Not only was he persecuted by the Jews and various governments, he was also rejected and envied by some within the church. Here we will look at some of that opposition as revealed to us in the book of Philippians.
2022-01-02 Fill in Blank Notes Evaluating Preachers
6. The Best of Both Worlds: To Live Is Christ 01/09/2022
Text: Philippians 1:19-24
Perhaps the greatest motto for life are the words that Paul wrote in Philippians 1:21. Many believers quote these words and apply them to ourselves; but are we worthy to echo Paul's words? Do we have the life's commitment that would allow us to say them? Here we will begin to look at the meaning of what Paul said, "The Best of Both Worlds".
2022-01-09 Fill in Blank Notes The Best of Both Worlds: To Live Is Christ
7. The Best of Both Worlds: To Die Is Gain 01/16/2022
Text: Philippians 1:19-24
As Paul sat in jail, facing possible execution, he wrote these words:" To die is gain". He was not simply looking at death as an escape from a miserable life; "to live is Christ!" For every child of God, death is gain; for faithful believers, death is gain in even greater ways! We will look at that as we study Philippians 1.
2022-01-16 Fill in Blank Notes The Best of Both Worlds
As the first chapter of Philippians ends, the Apostle Paul encourages the saints in Philippi about living for the Lord and suffering for Him. Those words are helpful to us today, as well. We are not exempt from right living, neither are we exempt from suffering. We will look at those topics in this message from God's Word.
2022-01-23 Fill in Blank Notes Don't Let Them Scare You
Christians find our joy in the Lord but it is possible for that joy to be diminished by other believers. The Apostle Paul faced that; we likely do too. Here we will look at what we can do to enhance our fellowship with one another and thus make our mutual joy complete.
2022-01-30 Fill in Blank Notes Relieving Tension and Dissension
One of the most amazing and deep Biblical statements concerning the Lord Jesus Christ is found in Philippians 2:5-11. And yet, as deep as it is, Paul has a very practical reason for writing it. He writes it so that we would follow the example of Christ in our relationships with one another.
In the last message in this series, we saw the pre-incarnate glory of the Son of God: Jesus was rich. In this message, we will look at His descent into the essence of a slave: Jesus became poor. All because of His love for us, the Son of God came into this world. He came to save sinners, dying on the cross in our place. We will look at the incredible words of Philippians 2:7-8 in this message.
In previous messages of this series, we have studied the great riches of Christ in His pre-incarnate glory and also His great poverty when He made Himself of no reputation and came into this world. In this lesson we will see Him exalted and seated at the right hand of God. The One who was lifted up on the cross in shame is now exalted in heaven, worthy of and soon to receive universal worship!
In previous messages of this series, we have studied the great riches of Christ in His pre-incarnate glory and also His great poverty when He made Himself of no reputation and came into this world. We will now see Him exalted, seated at the right hand of God. The One who was lifted up on the cross in shame is now exalted in heaven , worthy of and soon to receive universal worship!
We often speak of having joy at all times. We will see that proclaimed in Philippians 4:4 later in our study of this letter. If we are honest, there are some events that seem too scary to be joyful. Both Paul and the saints in Philippi anticipated joy in two specific times that can be intimidating. Having joy like that will be our study in this lesson.
The names of Paul's friends and fellow workers in the ministry are well known and powerful: Luke, Silas and Barnabas, to name a few. It looks though as if Paul valued one more than any of the others: Timothy. We will look at Timothy and Paul's plans for him in this lesson.
2022-03-13 Fill in Blank Notes An Amazing Young Man
Text: Philippians 2:25-30 Paul has presented the Lord Jesus, himself and Timothy as examples of humility and service to others. He gives one final example to the Philippians: Epaphroditus, who is one of their own. We will learn from this faithful believer in this lesson.
There are those who get bored by the repeated teaching of God's Word. Even the Apostle Paul had a man fall asleep during one of his sermons but he tells us that such teaching is safe for God's people. To hear the Gospel and the basics of Christian living strengthens us and makes us more secure in the truth. In this message from Philippians 3 we will see how Paul develops that truth.
2022-03-27 Fill in Blank Notes Safe in God's Truth
The teaching that we must do something to earn eternal life is tragically common. The Word of God consistently denies that. The apostle Paul's own testimony denies it. We will look at his words in Philippians 3 in this lesson.
To become a Christian has just one requirement. We must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but to grow in our Christian life takes a lot of effort. To describe this growth, Paul uses the following terms: "apprehend", "reaching forth" and "press toward". In this message we will look at our growth in Christ.
The book of Philippians is commonly and accurately viewed as a letter of joy. In our text today however, we find the Apostle Paul weeping instead of rejoicing. In this message we will examine why this is the case.
2022-05-01 Fill in Blank Notes What Way Are You Walking?