Philippian Partnership

Gospel Partnership

The Apostle Paul wrote Philippians approximately ten years after he first proclaimed the gospel in Philippi (52-54 A.D.).

During that time Paul and this young church exchanged numerous messages and visits. The specific occasion prompting the writing of this letter was Paul’s thankfulness for the aid and encouragement sent to him by Epaphroditus. Upon hearing of Paul’s imprisonment the Philippian church commissioned Epaphroditus to make the 800 mile journey to Paul as their “messenger” (Philippians 2:25). Philippians is likely the last communication this church had with Paul.

Read 2 Timothy 4:9-18. What does this reveal about Paul’s state of mind at the time of his trial and initial imprisonment?

With this in mind reread Philippians 1:3-11. How does this enhance your understanding of Paul’s gratitude and affection for these Philippian Christians?

What do you imagine Paul’s reaction was when Epaphroditus first arrived? (Philippians 2:25-30)

What encouragement/challenge do the following Scriptures provide for your fighting for joy through seasons of loneliness?

1 Kings 19:9-18--

John 6:67--

Matthew 6:6; Mark 1:35; Revelation 1:9--

Genesis 32:24-- 2 Corinthians 12:2-4--

Matthew 11:28--

Application Paul and the Philippians’ affection for the gospel provided the basis for their “partnership in the gospel.”

How is affection (passion) for the gospel evident in your life? Family? Our church family?

How is the Holy Spirit leading you to fight for joy during seasons of loneliness?