Introduction to the Letter of Paul to the Philippians

On December 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. I will begin the preaching through the letter of Paul to the Philippians.

There are parts of this letter that are familiar to all believers. This is perhaps the most encouraging, uplifting, hope-filled letters the Apostle Paul ever wrote.

I have been looking forward to preaching through this 4 chapter book in the Bible for some time.

I rarely post a full preaching outline of a book but thought it appropriate to do so this time. The risk in doing so is that I may change my mind on how a section of the text should be preached. But maybe it will help knowing the basic preaching plan. I currently have an 18 sermon outline for the full letter. (I may make adjustments as the unfolding of the preaching actually takes place.)

Where there are many themes in the letter and the Apostle speaks of them, I’ll let this statement govern the theme of the whole of the letter.

The reason God is pleased to give suffering and faith to His people is that they might take pleasure in magnifying Christ to those opposed to the Gospel through bold fearlessness of faith and humble grace.

Chapter One
1.    Introduction
2.    Thanksgivings and Prayers for the Good Work of Grace. (vv. 1-7)
3.    Affection and Prayers for all. (vv. 8-11)
4.    Don’t Let Suffering Cast You Down. (vv. 12-20)
5.    Stand Prepared for Glorifying Christ by Life or Death (vv. 21-26)
6.    Zeal and Constancy in Proclaiming the Gospel (vv. 27-30)

Chapter Two
7.    Description of  a Kind, Humble Spirit and Godly Behavior (vv. 1-4)
8.    The Example of Christ (vv. 5-11)
9.    Diligence in Salvation and an Example to the World (vv. 12-18)
10.  A Great Hope (vv. 19-30)

Chapter Three
11.  Cautions Against False Teachers and Putting Aside Former Privileges. (vv. 1-11)
12.  Source of desire to be found in Christ; (vv. 1-11)
13.  Pressing on Toward Perfection. (vv. 1-11)
14.  What Kind of Example to other Believers Are You? (vv. 12-21)

Chapter Four
15.  Stand Fast in the Lord (v.1)
16.  Directions to some and Directions to All. (vv. 2-9)
17.  Contentment in Every Condition of Life (vv. 10-19)
18.  Conclusion with Prayer to God the Father. 

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The breakdown of the outline is primarily influenced by Matthew Henry and the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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