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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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