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Living Joyfully. A Snapshot of Philippians. Background to Philippians. Philippi was a Roman Colony under Roman law Paul established the church there and was able to visit it at least a second time (Acts 16:11ff; 20:1-6) Written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment from 60-62 A.D .

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living joyfully

Living Joyfully

A Snapshot of Philippians

background to philippians
Background to Philippians
  • Philippi was a Roman Colony under Roman law
  • Paul established the church there and was able to visit it at least a second time (Acts 16:11ff; 20:1-6)
  • Written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment from 60-62 A.D.
  • Epaphroditus was sent to Paul from the Philippians with a gift(s) (4:18)
  • He was sent back with the letter (2:25)
purpose
Purpose
  • To thank them for the gift he received from them (1:5; 4:10-19)
  • Uses the opportunity to exhort them on several other points:
      • Report his own circumstance
      • To encourage them to rejoice in spite of suffering
      • Exhort them to humility and unity
      • To commend Timothy and Epaphroditus
      • Warn them about false teachers
major themes
Major Themes
  • The Imitation and Exaltation of Christ (Phil. 2:11)
  • Turning bad to good (1:12-26)
  • Shining as Stars (2:12-18)
  • Practice Contentment (4:10-19)
  • Pressing Forward (3:7-16)
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