philippians by 1PHef8h0


									Theme of this epistle: JOY

➢   Joy and Rejoice found at least 16 times
➢   Strange theme written by a man of suffering
    ➢ (2 Cor 11:23-28)
     ➢ Prisoner – Deprived of physical freedom

     ➢ Been Mobbed

     ➢ Beaten and stoned and left for dead

     ➢ Suffered through shipwrecks

     ➢ No where to be at ease

    ➢ However, much joy in the heart of Paul
Theme of this epistle: JOY

➢   Each chapter is properly divided to stress joy in Christ
   Chapter One – Look to Christ for Life

 ➢ Chapter Two – Look to Christ for Example

 ➢ Chapter Three – Look to Christ for Confidence

 ➢ Chapter Four – Look to Christ for Strength

➢ When you have these things, you have peace. (4:9)
Chapter One: Christ is our Life

 ➢   Key verse 21
    “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

  ➢ Paul is “hard press” between the two options

 ➢ “To live is Christ” – What does this mean?

    Life devoted to doing work for Christ

  ➢ Enjoyment to Paul (vs 12-14)

  ➢ Other Christians, seeing what Paul is enduring, are

    growing in confidence (Ps 76:10; Ex 9:16)
 ➢ Application: (vs 19-20) Christ will be honored – JOY
Chapter Two: Christ is our Example

➢   Paul applies “secret” to success when dealing with
    divisions, arguments, and conflicts
    ➢ Church at Philipi was not in any real danger
     ➢ Experienced what any congregation could expect

     ➢ These things hamper Joy

    ➢ Paul's Solution (vs 5) “Have this mind among

      yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus”
     ➢ “HAVE … which is YOURS”

     ➢ (vs 6-8)

      ➢ Christ gave up His “rights” for us
Chapter Two: Christ is our Example
             Comparison between Adam and Christ
                  Adam                                           Christ
Made in God's Image                            Form and Essence of God

Thought it a prize to be grasped at to be as   Thought it NOT a prize to be grasped at to be
God                                            as God
Aspired to a reputation                        Made no reputation

Spurned the role of God's servant              Took upon Himself the form of a slave

Seeking to be like God                         Came in the likeness of man

He exalted himself                             He humbled Himself

Became disobedient unto death                  Became obedient to the point of death

He was condemned and disgraced                 God exalted and gave Him the name and
                                               position of Lord
Chapter Two: Christ is our Example

 ➢   Application for us:
     ➢   Either we can exalt ourselves and fail or we can be of
         the mind of Christ and let God exalt us
     ➢   (vs 3) “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in
         humility count others more significant than
     ➢   (vs 1-2) – “Complete my Joy”
     ➢   (vs 19-29) – Examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus
Chapter Three: Christ is our Confidence

 ➢   Paul's success is seen in his confidence in Christ
     ➢(vs 3) “ … put no confidence in the flesh”
 ➢   Paul shows that if flesh gave confidence – he had a lot
     of things going for him
     ➢(vs 4-6)
 ➢   Paul shows confidence is in Christ
     ➢   (vs 7)
     ➢   (2 Cor 3:4, 5) “4 Such is the confidence that we have
         through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are
         sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming
Chapter Three: Christ is our Confidence

 ➢   Application for us:
     ➢ (vs 19) – The thing in which you have confidence in
       will be your foundation
     ➢ (vs 8-11) – Power of His resurrection

      ➢ Let Christ be your confidence

      ➢ Motivation is in Christ
Chapter Four: Christ is our Strength

 ➢   (vs 13) “I can do all things through Him who
     strengthens me.”
    (John 15:4-7) – “… abide in me, and my words

    abide in you …”
  ➢ (Eph 6:10) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the

    strength of his might.”
 ➢ Strength and Power in Salvation:

     ➢   (Rom 5:6) “For while we were still weak, at the right
         time Christ died for the ungodly.” (John 1:12-13)
Chapter Four: Christ is our Strength

 ➢   Power to Endure:
     ➢   (Col 1:11) “May you be strengthened with all power,
         according to His glorious might, for all endurance
         and patience with joy”
Chapter Four: Christ is our Strength

 ➢   Application for Us and Conclusion of the Epistle:
    (vs 2) Euodia and Syntyche

  ➢ (vs 6-7) – No anxieties – Christ is your strength

  ➢ (vs 11-12) – Contentment in any circumstance

 ➢ (vs 9) “What you have learned and received and heard

   and seen in me – practice these things, and the God
   of peace will be with you.”
 ➢   (vs 13) “I can do all things through Him who
     strengthens me.”

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