Philippians 1:9-11: Paul’s Petition for the Philippians
August 4th, 2019


We talked about how “_____________ continually, ____________ unceasingly, and giving __________ in all circumstances are three things that go together.

Paul is talking about what God is doing in the __________ of the Philippians.

In verses 9-11, Paul, takes a moment in his letter to _________ for the Philippians

That your love may abound

The word for love here is Agape.

Agape is used most often to describe love that is of ______and from _______.

Paul is praying that their love________ ____ ___________.

Sometimes love is easier to show for those ___________ our family than ___________.

Real Knowledge

Paul uses the word epignosei for knowledge, an intensified knowledge, a knowledge with true _____________, discernment.

It’s not the kind of knowledge that fights against love, puffing us up like head-knowledge, but the kind of knowledge out of love, out of _________________, which builds up.


The word for discernment here means _____________ ___________.

Approve what is excellent

So Paul gives us a ________ __ for his prayer.

And that reason is so that they will be able to make a _____________ _________________ about what is ______________ ________________ in their Christian walk.

Sincere and blameless

And Paul gives them a __________ for the ____________.

On the Day of Christ, when they’re transformed, changed, there will be ______ ________ ________________ in the way that they lived their life here on Earth, and the perfect walk with Jesus that they’ll have in heaven.

11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Full of fruit of righteousness

And there’s another reason. Paul wants the Philippians to stand on that day before Jesus full of the _________ that is the _________________, the ______________ of walking closely with and obeying God over a long period of time.

For the glory and praise of God

And what’s the ultimate reason? What’s the result of all of this? God gets the ________ and the ________.

Philippians 1:3-8 Thanksgiving and Prayer
July 28th, 2019


Paul begins the content of the letter of Philippians by: ___________ _______

One common cultural concept which is un-Christian is: ______________.

We have the power in prayer to change things, but if we don’t ________, they won’t _________!

Another common cultural concepts which is un-Christian is: __________.

Prayer with __thanksgiving______ is a powerful thing


All of our memories that REALLY mean something involve ____________________.

As Christians we remember churches first because where we met _______.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites used actual unhewn ______________ stone.

But our memorials are made of __living ___ _stones_____.


My Blessings from God Prayer of Thankfulness List:
1. _________________________
2. _________________________
3. _________________________
4. _________________________
5. _________________________
6. _________________________
7. _________________________

I thank My God

Paul says “My God” to express his _____________ relationship with God.

Paul expresses God’s __________ on him, since he’d been “arrested” on the road to Damascus and called into service.

Paul expresses his personal _claim__ on God as his adopted son. My very personal God.

I thank Him regularly

Paul’s thanksgiving for the Philippians is a ___________ part of his prayers.


Paul feels a deep, ¬______________ _______________ for his brother and sister Philippians.

Thanksgiving and Joy through fellowship in the Gospel

The reason is because of their koinonia, their _fellowship__________

Thanksgiving and Joy through their endurance and steadfastness

Despite persecution, the Philippians endured, helping in the spread of the ___________ from the beginning of their church until that very day.

Paul’s Confidence from Evidence

6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Paul is confident in their __salvation____ and their __________________

Work will be finished
God is doing the work, so the work will be ___________

Finished to perfection
Since Paul’s ultimate confidence here is in ________, not man,

Paul knows that the work will be finished to ___________.

Paul’s Full Heart
Paul says that he has the Philippians in his heart.

Can Paul get a witness…
Paul calls on God as his witness to his affection for the Philippians

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 ________ ________ ________