Introduction to Philippians

For the next few days, we are going to be taking a walk through the book of Philippians.  It is one of my favorite books of the Bible because it is so encouraging.  I hope that you will follow along with me and please feel free to make any suggests or comments you would like as we go along.

Today, we are going to start with a little bit of an overview of the book.  The author of the book Philippians is Paul.  Most people know who Paul is, but let’s just say you don’t.  Paul (formally Saul) was actually a Jewish Pharisee who was very active in the persecution of the early Church.  By an amazing turn of events, he was converted and chosen by God to bring the message of the gospel to the Gentiles (non-Jews).  You can read about Paul’s conversion in Acts 9.  If you would like to know more about him, the book of Acts is full of his work as he went from town to town going wherever the Spirit lead him.

The book of Philippians is actually a letter that Paul wrote to the believers of the Church in Philippi.  The Philippian church was the first European church founded by Paul while he was on his second missionary journey.  You can read about this beginning in Acts 16.  Here is the location of Philippi on the map:

Written around 60-61 AD, the book of Philippians is a letter of gratitude and encouragement.  Paul was writing to thank the Philippians for the support of his ministry and to encourage them in their Christian walk.  It is interesting to note that this letter of encouragement was written while Paul was in prison (chained to a Roman guard, no less!).  As we read through Philippians, we too can be encouraged as we apply Paul’s words to our own walk with Christ.

Today, if there are any questions or anything you would like to discuss during this study, please let me know and I will be sure to try to include them in my study.  I hope you will enjoy our study of this book!


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