Intro to Philippians
When we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, it is easier to surrender to cynicism than to fight for joy. As humans, we tend to allow negativity to be the first thoughts in our head and direct our path during tough times. In the bible, Paul recognized this fact and wrote to the church in Philippi to live out lives that are obedient to God and uplift one another through encouragement. Join us as we journey through the book of Philippians and study Paul’s letter to the church in our Summer Teaching Series Priority Mail.
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The Church in Philippi was the first Jesus community formed in Europe. It was a Roman Colony full of retired Roman soldiers known for their Patriotic Nationalism. They worshipped Caesar first and were loyal to the Empire. This is the community that Paul started sharing the Gospel message with. How do you think Paul worked with this mindset as he shared the hope of Jesus? How can you share the same message with people today?
The focus of the letter to the Philippians is centered around the Messiah Poem in Philippians 2:5-11. This artistic telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is where Paul pulls many of his thoughts from. Read the poem and think about what it means that Jesus gave up his divine privileges to serve humanity so that we could have a pure relationship with him. What kind of response does this illicit from you? How can you respond in your life?
Philippians can be summed up around one word - encouragement. Paul is encouraging the church to depend on God and participate in living as part of the ongoing story of Jesus. How can you be encouraged by Paul's words and how can you encourage others?
Additional scripture to explore: Philippians 2:5-11