Ep. #14 "PHILIPPIANS" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS]

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Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 14 Narrator: Epaphroditus and Euodia Primary Scriptures: Philippians 1-4 Story Summary: Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi Location: Roman Empire; Macedonia; Philippi Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 61 Paul writes Philippians while imprisoned Suggested Memory Scriptures: 1:3-5, 12, 18, 21; 2:3, 5, 12-13; 3:7-8, 13-14, 20; 4:4-7 Philippians is probably the last letter Paul wrote during his first imprisonment in Rome. He wrote the Philippians to thank them for the offering they sent to support him while in prison, and to assure them that Epaphroditus recovered from his serious illness. It was probably written soon after Ephesians and Colossians, so it has some similarities to those letters. The letter is attributed to Paul and Timothy. This letter was written to both the members and leaders of the church in Philippi. This church was previously founded about a dozen years before when Paul, Timothy, Luke, and Silas baptized Lydia and her household on the Second Missionary Journey (Acts 16:11-15). Paul references this joyous event in Philippians 1:5. The first eleven verses of the letter show Paul and Timothy had a close relationship with this church. When Paul writes about being in prison and living a life worthy of the Gospel, his words are encouraging. They do not seem to be a defense of his apostleship as in some of his other letters. Paul’s words in Philippians 2 are words of encouragement to become more mature and unified. The Philippians’ increasing maturity is of utmost importance because they are still being harassed by the Jewish Christians, who teach the importance of following the Laws of Moses, signified by circumcision. Paul assures them those people are wrong. His words in Philippians 3:7-13 are some of his most powerful personal testimony. Philippians 3:20-21 shows that the Philippians, like their neighbors in Thessalonica, are influenced by their understanding that Jesus will return and they will get to participate in the resurrection. As in many of his other letters, Paul pleads for the church to be unified. As a part of this, Paul encourages them to have the right attitudes and thought processes. His words from Philippians 4:4-8 are some of the most encouraging words in any of his letters. Discussion Questions: 1. Why did Paul and Timothy have a close relationship with the church at Philippi? 2. In what ways would the gospel be spread by Paul’s misfortunes? 3. Philippians 2:12 is a controversial verse in some Christian circles. What do you think it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? 4. Philippians 2:27 says Epaphroditus almost died from being sick. Why didn’t Paul miraculously heal him? *1. Paul and Timothy founded the church at

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Ep. #14 "PHILIPPIANS" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 14 Narrator: Epaphroditus and Euodia Primary Scriptures: Philippians 1-4 Story Summary: Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi Location: Roman Empire; Macedonia; Philippi Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 61 Paul writes Philippians while imprisoned Suggested Memory Scriptures: 1:3-5, 12, 18, 21; 2:3, 5, 12-13; 3:7-8, 13-14, 20; 4:4-7 Philippians is probably the last letter Paul wrote during his first imprisonment in Rome. He wrote the Philippians to thank them for the offering they sent to support him while in prison, and to assure them that Epaphroditus recovered from his serious illness. It was probably written soon after Ephesians and Colossians, so it has some similarities to those letters. The letter is attributed to Paul and Timothy. This letter was written to both the members and leaders of the church in Philippi. This church was previously founded about a dozen years before when Paul, Timothy, Luke, and Silas baptized Lydia and her household on the Second Missionary Journey (Acts 16:11-15). Paul references this joyous event in Philippians 1:5. The first eleven verses of the letter show Paul and Timothy had a close relationship with this church. When Paul writes about being in prison and living a life worthy of the Gospel, his words are encouraging. They do not seem to be a defense of his apostleship as in some of his other letters. Paul’s words in Philippians 2 are words of encouragement to become more mature and unified. The Philippians’ increasing maturity is of utmost importance because they are still being harassed by the Jewish Christians, who teach the importance of following the Laws of Moses, signified by circumcision. Paul assures them those people are wrong. His words in Philippians 3:7-13 are some of his most powerful personal testimony. Philippians 3:20-21 shows that the Philippians, like their neighbors in Thessalonica, are influenced by their understanding that Jesus will return and they will get to participate in the resurrection. As in many of his other letters, Paul pleads for the church to be unified. As a part of this, Paul encourages them to have the right attitudes and thought processes. His words from Philippians 4:4-8 are some of the most encouraging words in any of his letters. Discussion Questions: 1. Why did Paul and Timothy have a close relationship with the church at Philippi? 2. In what ways would the gospel be spread by Paul’s misfortunes? 3. Philippians 2:12 is a controversial verse in some Christian circles. What do you think it means to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? 4. Philippians 2:27 says Epaphroditus almost died from being sick. Why didn’t Paul miraculously heal him? *1. Paul and Timothy founded the church at

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