Category Archives: Book of Philippians

The Secret of Contentment: Part 2 (Philippians 4:10-23)

In these verses, Paul names three wonderful spiritual resources that make us adequate and give us contentment. In Part 1, we saw the first resource: the overruling providence of God. Today, we will look at the next two spiritual resources. … Continue reading

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The Secret of Contentment: Part 1 (Philippians 4:10-23)

“The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” This statement by one of his deacons aroused the pastor’s curiosity. They were discussing possible board members and Jim’s name had come up. “Pastor, it’s like this,” the … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 2 (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not! If we are to conquer worry and experience the secure mind, we must meet the conditions God has laid down. In Part 1, we saw the first condition: right praying. … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 1 (Philippians 4:1–9)

If anybody had an excuse for worrying, it was the Apostle Paul. His beloved Christian friends at Philippi were disagreeing with one another and he was not there to help them. We have no idea what Euodia and Syntyche were … Continue reading

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Living in the Future Tense (Philippians 3:17–21)

Having set forth his life ambition to be more Christ-like, Paul does not hesitate to tell the Philippians to follow his example. He wants them to imitate him. Surely, he does not mean they should imitate every single area of … Continue reading

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Let’s Win the Race: Part 2 (Philippians 3:12-16)

All of us want to be “winning Christians” and fulfill the purposes for which we have been saved. In this passage, we find there are five essentials for winning the race and one day receiving the reward that is promised. … Continue reading

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Let’s Win the Race: Part 1 (Philippians 3:12-16)

Most people read biographies to satisfy their curiosity about great people, hoping they will discover the “secret” that made them great. In Philippians 3, Paul is giving us his spiritual biography: his past (vv. 1–11), his present (vv. 12–16), and … Continue reading

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Learning How to Count: Part 2 (Philippians 3:1-11)

In Part 1, we saw the “things” Paul was living for before he knew Christ neither satisfied him nor gave him acceptance with God. He had to lose his “religion” to find salvation. He explains in this section there are only … Continue reading

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Learning How to Count: Part 1 (Philippians 3:1-11)

Circumstances and people can rob us of joy, but so can things; and it is this “thief” that Paul deals with in Philippians 3. It is easy for us to get wrapped up in “things,” not only the tangible things … Continue reading

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Helpers in the Ministry (Philippians 2:19–30)

As we continue our study in Philippians, Paul is still discussing the submissive mind. He gives us a description of the submissive mind in the example of Jesus Christ (The Great Example, Phil. 2:1–11). He explains the dynamics of the submissive … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Christian Living (Philippians 2:12–18)

“Few things are harder to put up with,” wrote Mark Twain, “than the annoyance of a good example.” Perhaps the thing most annoying about a good example is its inability to accomplish the same achievements in our own lives. Admiration … Continue reading

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The Great Example: Part 2 (Philippians 2:1–11)

Jesus illustrates the four characteristics of the person with the submissive mind. In Part 1, we saw the first two traits. Now, we will look at the last two virtues of the person with the submissive mind. He Sacrifices (2:8) … Continue reading

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The Great Example: Part 1 (Philippians 2:1–11)

People can rob us of our joy. Paul was facing his problems with people at Rome (Phil. 1:15–18) as well as with people in Philippi, and it was the latter who concerned him the most. When Epaphroditus brought a generous … Continue reading

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Battle Stations! (Philippians 1:27–30)

The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. We are children in the family, enjoying the fellowship of the Gospel (Phil. 1:1–11), and we are servants sharing in the advance of the Gospel (Phil. 1:12–26); but we … Continue reading

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The Advance of the Gospel: Part 2 (Philippians 1:12–26)

God sometimes uses strange tools to help us pioneer the Gospel. In Paul’s case, there were three tools that helped him take the Gospel to the elite guards, Caesar’s special troops. In Part 1, we looked at the first tool: … Continue reading

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The Advance of the Gospel: Part 1 (Philippians 1:12–26)

Paul wanted to go to Rome as a preacher, but instead he went as a prisoner! He could have written a long letter about that experience alone. Instead, he sums it all up as “the things which happened to me” … Continue reading

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True Christian Fellowship: Part 2 (Philippians 1:1–11)

Paul describes true Christian fellowship in three ways. In Part 1, we looked at the first way: “I have you in my mind.” Today, we will consider the next two ways. I have you in my heart (vv. 7–8). We … Continue reading

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True Christian Fellowship: Part 1 (Philippians 1:1–11)

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word “fellowship” seems to mean many things to many different people. … Continue reading

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