Philippians Prequil

Prequil to Philippians

The Apostle Paul had a deep relationship with the Philippian Christians. Ten years prior to writing his epistle to the Philippians he journied to Philippi as the first stop on his 2nd missionary endevor. His early relationships with these men and women shapped his words to them.

Fight for Joy (Acts 16:11-40) Questions for Reflection and Discussion The Apostle Paul traveling with Luke, Timothy and Silas, on his 2nd missionary journey arrived in Philippi in 52 AD. The letter of Philippians was written by Paul in 62 AD while he was a prisoner in Rome. From its inception Paul maintained a close bond with these fellow Christ-followers writing, “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God… I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present” (The Message, Philippians 1:3-5).

What insights do the following Scriptures provide about the relationship the Apostle Paul had with the churches he planted?

1 Corinthians 1:11--

Colossians 4:7-18--

Ephesians 6:21--

1 Thessalonians 1:8-9--

Acts 16:11-34 records the conversion accounts of the first Christians in Philippi. How might their stories have impacted the young Philippian church and its continuing steadfast commitment to the Apostle Paul and his ministry?

Lydia (Acts 16:14-15)--

the servant girl (Acts 16:16-18)--

the jailer and his family (Acts 16:25-34)--

Application Your story-- Where do you see evidence of God at work in your life? For whom do you thank God “for every remembrance”? How is the Holy Spirit leading you to fight for joy? Memorize This Philippians 1:6-I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. © HCSB