I love this little book. I think its the 1st book I ever memorized in the Bible & it has one of my top 2 favorite verses in it – Php 3:8-11, “Yet 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 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. NKJV
This little book is RICH, RICH, RICH in loving Jesus, knowing Jesus & growing in Him. Our team at the church & ministry is going to be studying it in our chapels for a little while – so you might keep your eyes peeled for the dialogue here – could be really interesting! If you want to join us, you’re more than welcome & I’ll also post my notes if you’re interested in following along. 🙂
The city of Philippi: politics
§ Obscure villages & beginnings in the area
§ In 356bc, Philip II of Macedon, father of Alex the Great was interested in gold & silver mines nearby, so he annexed the region & formally established Philippi as a city bearing his name.
§ He fortified the city & turned it into a military strong point, to help guard nearby mines
§ Was strategically located on the land route to Dardanelles & Bosporus
§ In 42bc, it became famous as the place where Mark Antony & Octavian defeated the Roman Repub forces of Brutus & Cassius, the assassins of Julius Ceasar; in doing this, they established Philippi as a Roman colony, was governed by Roman law – a strongly Roman city
§ very diverse (incl influences from Egypt) and syncretic, but the imperial religion tended to dominate
§ small Jewish population
§ Paul’s arrival w Gospel was prob around 50ad – Acts 16:6-10
Paul’s 2nd missionary journey – up to that point, he’d only ministered in Asia Minor: Ac 16:6-10
§ 1st European convert was Lydia – Ac 16:12-15
§ Salvation of Philippian jailer – Ac 16:25-31
§ Generous (offering for needy in Jerusalem), supportive (sent Epaphroditus)
§ Written by Paul during a very serious imprisonment (1:19-20 & 2:17), prob in Rome
§ Purposes: the return Epaphroditus, concern for Judaizers, encourage unity, among other things
Team Member Homework:
1. Read Philippians 1x for next week
2. List no less than 3 verses that are your favs
3. What, if any verses, are troublesome / difficult to understand or digest?
4. What are the themes (at least 2) you see in this book?