Philippians 1:1-2 Introduction and Greeting
July 21st, 2019


When studying the Bible, the first and most important step is to ________

As Christians, we have the __________ of the Bible available to _________ us.

The best commentary on the Bible is _____ ___________

________________ is very important in interpretation.

Who’s who (chapter 1)

a. Personalities, what are they like, what are their personalities like.

i. Authors-The _______ _________ and __________

ii. Scribe/Assistant-_______________

iii. ______ the Father

1. Source of:

a. ____________

b. ____________

iv. Jesus-____________ of Christ

v. (Holy Spirit)-not mentioned,

1. John 15:26: “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,”

vi. Praetorian Guard-Paul’s ____________

vii. Philippians

1. __________

b. Place in God—are they Jews, Gentiles, Saved-Church, Unsaved, Mixed?

i. Mostly __________, ___________, __________.

c. Passions — what are they excited about. What are their motivations.

i. Paul writes the book of Philippians as:

1. ____________________ to Philippians.

2. Urge Philippians to rejoice ___________ ________________

3. Letter of _____________

a. To ______

b. To _____________

2. Where?


a. Location of audience written to: _______________

b. Location of author when writing: In ____________ likely in _______

3. When

was it written?

a. Years

i. About AD ___________.

b. Historical background. What else was going on in their world at that time?

i. Paul’s imprisonment, likely in Rome.

1. To which the Philippians responded to with a ___________ by way of __________________________

2. Ephaphroditus told Paul of the ______________ back home in Philippi

4. Why?

What was (H)his Purpose

a. To __________ and __________ the Philippians to:

i. Have _______ despite what they were going through

ii. Have the ________ of Christ

5. What?


a. Theme

i. How to have _____

ii. Have the mind of ________

iii. Be ____________ in Christ

b. Genre—

i. _______________ letter

ii. _______________ letter

6. How?

Structure—how is Philippians organized?

a. Main ideas/themes

i. Joy despite __________________

ii. Joy despite _____________

iii. Joy despite __________

iv. Joy despite _________________

v. Paragraphs, natural (sometimes at chapter breaks, sometimes not).

b. Repeated words, phrases

i. ____________

ii. _______

1. “the joy of the Lord is your strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)

iii. _______________

iv. _________

v. ________

Philippians 1:1-2

Paul is a __________ ___________ not introducing himself as Apostle

Paul is writing to _________; believers.

2 greetings: __________ and _________.

2 persons of Trinity mentioned _____ and the ________

2 roles of Trinity mentioned _____ ______ ________ and the ________ ________ ________